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Google, Home Depot back building enclosure visualization developers

GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Home Depot recently led a $25 million funding round for San Francisco-based Hover, whose technology generates interactive 3D models of any property using smartphone camera-derived image files.

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Brannan expands Front Range reach through Boral CM deal

Boral Ltd. plans to unload its Colorado ready mixed and aggregates operations in a $127 million deal with Denver-based Brannan Sand & Gravel Co. Boral Construction Materials spans a namesake Aggregates site plus and six plants under the legacy Ready Mixed Concrete Co. brand. Brannan operates three ready mixed, three aggregate and four asphalt plants serving the Denver-anchored Front Range market, plus an underground-construction business.

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LafargeHolcim Ltd. appoints Sika veteran to head US Cement

Jamie Gentoso has been named LafargeHolcim, US Cement chief executive officer, replacing John Stull, who recently shifted in the same capacity to the Holcim Philippines business. She arrives at the Chicago-based operator with a solid industry grasp, having started her career as Holcim (US) technical service engineer, then serving as Architectural and Engineering market manager with a focus on ASTM C150 and specialty cements, plus fly ash. Gentoso proceeded to Sika Corp., rising to vice president of Concrete ahead of her most recent position, vice president of Sales & Marketing, with New Jersey-based architectural building products manufacturer Construction Specialties.

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Economist: Construction materials price surge largest in seven years

Prices for inputs to construction materials are 6.4 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data. The figure is the largest respective year-over-year increase since 2011.

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CRH names Americas Products’ Haas as Building Products charter chief

Effective January 2019, Oldcastle Inc. parent CRH Plc will consolidate its Americas Products franchises—Oldcastle Architectural, BuildingEnvelope, Precast—plus Europe Lightside and Distribution businesses in a new global Building Products division. Americas Products President Keith Haas will lead the business, operating alongside Americas and Europe Materials divisions. Europe Lightside and Distribution President David Dillon will shift to Global Strategy & Business Development, maintaining his title and reporting to CRH CEO Albert Manifold.

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