Capital tops LEED-certified building space per capita

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia and Nevada lead the USGBC’s 2010 list of the top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The nation’s capital has 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, Nevada 10.92 square feet; New Mexico, New Hampshire and Oregon follow with 4 to 6 square feet. Rounding out the list, with LEED-certified space per capita in the 2.7 to 3.2 square feet range, are South Carolina, Washington, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado and Minnesota.

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Willems takes helm at Spancrete Machinery

Sources: Spancrete Group, Waukesha, Wis.; CP staff Dan Willems has transitioned from a senior project management, engineering, research and product development role at Waukesha, Wis.-based Spancrete Group to Spancrete Machinery Corp. vice president and general manager. Succeeding group veteran Joe Dugan, who retired in mid-2010, Willems is charged with machinery division operation improvements and corporate strategy, including sales growth, identifying…

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Grace ‘Verifies’ product roll out plans for rebranded RS Solutions

Source: Grace Construction Products, Cambridge, Mass.

Grace is operating its recently acquired mixer truck technology business RS Solutions LLC in West Chester, Ohio, under the Verifi LLC banner. Building on signature truck-mounted devices that gauge post-plant water additions to mixer drums, the Verifi development map calls for this year’s launch of platforms expanding ready mixed producers’ ability to measure and control a wide variety of concrete properties.

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Revolution in trucks on full display at ConExpo-Con/Agg

Ready mixed concrete producers planning post-recession fleet investments will confront the cost of compliance with 2010 Environmental Protection Agency diesel engine emissions exhaust treatment, adding upwards of $10,000 to the price of mixers purchased prior to the 2008 construction market drop. Buying decisions might also factor the potential over the next five to 10 years for EPA or Department of Transportation rules dictating Class 8 truck fuel efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions levels.

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Coal operator Alpha takes stake in Class C ash-based cement purveyor Ceratech

Sources: Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, Va.; CP staff

A major coal producer has acquired a 10.3 percent position in Alexandria, Va.-based Ceratech Inc., whose Ekkomaxx technology can yield concrete binding agents with performance characteristics reportedly matching ASTM C150 Types I–V powder.

Alpha Natural Resources can increase its Ceratech stake to 28.3 percent under certain future terms. It becomes the second coal producer to invest in prospective concrete technology offsetting carbon dioxide emissions from either portland cement production or fossil fuel-fired power generation. In April 2010, market leader Peabody Energy took a $15 million interest in Calera Corp., whose calcium carbonate precipitation processes—applied to power plants’ flue gas streams—are netting concrete-grade fine aggregate.

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Lattimore Materials steers Aggregate Industries Western Region into Texas

Sources: Aggregate Industries US Inc., Rockville, Md.; CP staff

Management of Lattimore Materials Corp. has shifted to Aggregate Industries Western Region from Holcim Participations, a Holcim (US) Inc. subsidiary that recently consolidated its stake in the McKinney, Texas, ready mixed and aggregate producer. The move firmly establishes Aggregate Industries US in an important market where it did not previously have a presence, and allows the Western Region to fully leverage Lattimore Materials’ strong position and reputation, notes Holcim Ltd. United States Area Manager Bernard Terver.

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Study advances pervious pavement for freeze-thaw markets

Source: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.

Slab engineering, mix designs and curing methods are among critical practice points cited in an extensive study, “Performance Evaluation of In-Service Pervious Concrete Pavements in Cold Weather.” The latest addition to the RMC Research & Education Foundation library of pervious concrete titles examines 29 Minnesota pavements placed from 2005–2010.

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NRMCA/EPA Energy Star plant survey deadline nears

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA is compiling through April 1 surveys of electricity, diesel fuel, natural gas and propane consumption data for ready mixed production. An easily completed Excel document, the 40-point survey supports an NRMCA–Environmental Protection Agency memorandum of understanding to collect baseline energy use in transit and central mixed production and fleet operations.

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PCI calls for 2011 Design Award building, bridge entries

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

PCI is accepting through May 23 submissions for its 49th Design Awards competition, open to any North American project completed in the past three years with substantial use of architectural (conventional or glass-fiber reinforced) or structural precast fabricated in a PCI Certified plant. Entries are accepted free of charge but must be submitted online at; where applicable, entry forms and image files must be accompanied by signed releases permitting the Institute’s use of project images.

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Online tool assists LEED Professionals maintain, build credentials

Source: Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Washington, D.C.

An interactive online tool, CMP Wizard helps LEED Professionals understand their Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements and explore continuing education options. The maintenance requirements ensure LEED AP and LEED Green Associate credential holders stay current with the ever-evolving body of knowledge around green building, GBCI contends, and helps them select from a variety of options they have for earning credits.

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