Proprietary Cemex mix cuts ICF walls’ rebar requirements by 75 percent

Source: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

The Mexico construction materials giant Cemex and Cemex USA launched in the United States Fortium ICF, a construction material specifically engineered to reduce the time and material needed to build vertical concrete wall systems, such as insulated concrete form building envelopes, while providing substantial savings in long-term maintenance and energy costs.

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USGBC opens two-month comment period for LEED v4

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

USGBC is accepting comments through December 10 on a draft of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Version 4 (LEED v4) rating system. The draft includes about 35 credits open for comment, and has been revised in response to feedback from previous public comment periods to further improve clarity, increase flexibility and options for project teams, and remove unsuitable requirements from previous drafts.

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NRMCA adopts AIA-backed, carbon-streamlining 2030 Challenge

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

To help concrete producers reduce their carbon footprint, NRMCA reported that it has signed on to the 2030 Challenge for Products, a global challenge to specify and manufacture products that meet a carbon footprint of 30 percent below the product average through 2014 and subsequently improve on this reduction: 35 percent in 2015; 40 percent in 2020; 45 percent in 2025; and 50 percent in 2030. Issued by American Institute of Architects-affiliated Architecture 2030, the 2030 Challenge for Products builds on the widely adopted original 2030 Challenge, which calls for the operation of all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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Investor solidifies Oberfield’s position with Wellnitz, Wilson Concrete deals

Sources: The Anderson Group, LLC, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Anderson Group has expanded Columbus, Ohio-based Oberfield’s, LLC’s stake as one of the Midwest’s leading concrete masonry and landscape unit operators, acquiring block producers Wellnitz Co., Columbus, and Wilson Concrete Products, Dayton. The transactions net a production facility, plus broader customer base and market penetration.

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