Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
NRMCA is urging member producers and other ready mixed industry stakeholders to relay to their federal representatives opposition to transportation funding bill language requiring electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) in all commercial vehicles as part of hours of service regulation compliance. The proposed language remains at a late stage of House and Senate negotiations for the federal transportation program, funding for which expires June 30.
Sources: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff
Products and services in the Cemex building solutions portfolio with outstanding sustainability performance will carry a green- and blue-lettered seal, “ecoperating.” Earmarked for 2012-13 roll out in European and Latin American businesses, it was developed through a rigorous internal process that measures the environmental or social impact of a wide range of value propositions—from low (embodied) carbon dioxide cement and concrete products or paperless invoicing services, to construction solutions like concrete pavements with smart LED lighting or affordable-housing initiatives.
Source: Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA), Clearwater, Fla.
Through its Alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, CSDA has released a Best Practice document, CSDA-OBP-1009 Aggressive Driving and Road Rage, to help concrete sawing and drilling professionals avoid confrontations in their daily work and personal commutes.
Source: CP staff
In partnership with a regional fly ash marketer, BASF Construction Chemicals aims to advance a chemical solution to beneficiate fly ashes exposed to Powder Activated Carbon (PAC), widely accepted to control coal-burning power plants’ mercury emissions.
Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Arlington, Va.; CP Staff
During a June 20 national online news conference, American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker, National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe and ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu shared their thoughts on the 2013 construction market forecast. Baker began by reinforcing the market’s state: “Construction unfortunately is the last major sector in the economy yet to recover from this downturn we’ve been through. We’ve seen some progress on the residential side and really none yet in non-residential construction activity.”
Source: Propex Operating Co. in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Propex’s Fibermesh brand of concrete reinforcing fibers will be available in western Canadian markets through Brock White, a St. Paul, Minn.-based construction materials distributor with 14 upper Midwest locations, plus 10 additional outlets north of the border.
Source: RPM International, Cleveland
RPM International Inc. has acquired Viapol Ltda., a leading Brazilian manufacturer and marketer of building materials and construction products, including concrete admixtures. Based in Cacapava, near Sao Paulo, with annual sales of approximately $85 million, Viapol will become part of RPM’s Euclid Chemical Co.
Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.
At the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro, PCA Chairman of the Board Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America, called on business leaders of the world to include resilient construction in public policy.
Sources: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva; CP staff
A group whose 9000 and 14000 series standards are recognized in quality assurance and environmental management systems worldwide has added to its library a concrete-specific document suited to the sustainability era.
Source: Lafarge Group, Paris
Lafarge has entered a new phase in its sustainability commitment with the recent launch of Sustainability Ambitions 2020. The 34 new sustainability ambitions are organized around the three main pillars of sustainable development—social, economic and environmental—and are coupled with demanding quantitative targets.