Sources: CalStar Products Inc., Racine, Wis.; CP staff
Fly ash-bound brick and paver producer CalStar has completed a life cycle assessment (LCA) and published an Environmental Product Declaration for its building brick, while achieving Sustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT) Product Certification Platinum for all current products.
Source: Vulcan Materials Company, Birmingham, Ala.
Vulcan Materials has launched a new app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices that allows users to estimate the construction materials needed for building and paving projects. The free Vulcan Materials Product Calculator can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York City
The U.S. green building market continues to accelerate, its growth spiraling from $10 billion in 2005 to $78 billion last year, and pacing a $204 billion–$248 billion level by 2016. McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report also finds a projected 2012 market, nonresidential and residential combined, valued at $85 billion, climbing an additional $13 billion to $19 billion next year.
Source: Putzmeister America, Inc., Sturevant, Wis.
Aiming to expand its concrete supply chain offering and customer base beyond the pumping industry segment, Putzmeister America has announced production of rear discharge mixers at its Wisconsin headquarters operation. Set for official unveiling at World of Concrete 2013, February 5–8 in Las Vegas, the mixers will fit specific, localized market needs throughout North, Central and South America—product engineers targeting payload capacity, drum assembly durability, and job site performance.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is accepting nominations through January 7 for eight positions on its 15-member Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). Established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, ACCSH advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on construction standards and policy matters.
Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ load and resistance factor design (LRFD) methodology plays a key role in the proposed ASTM WK38166, Specification for Manufacture of Precast Reinforced Concrete Three-Sided Structures for Culverts and Storm Drains.
Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff
AEM has announced a Demolition & Recycling Exhibits Pavilion, sponsored by the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), for the 2014 ConExpo-Con/Agg, March 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “Recycling is an important facet of our industries; more demolition contractors are attending the show and this pavilion is one way CMRA serves industry needs,” says Show Director and AEM Vice President of Exhibitions & Events Megan Tanel.