MMC deploys TruStar infrastructure for inaugural CNG-powered mixers

Sources: TruStar Energy LLC, Tampa, Fla.; CP staff

Madison, Miss.-based MMC Materials Inc. has rolled out the Southeast’s first compressed natural gas-powered concrete mixer fleet, ramping up for delivery of 12 McNeilus Ngen (Next Generation Initiatives) models with the installation of a TruStar Energy Portable Fuel Station (PFS).

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PCI Foundation adds Rhode Island, S. Dakota schools to educational project roster

Source: PCI Foundation, Chicago

The PCI Foundation voted to accept proposals for two new educational projects during its June 28 Summer Meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D. Starting in fall 2013, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) will be added to a growing list of universities that have undertaken new precast/prestressed concrete programs. This brings the total number of schools currently working with the foundation for the 2013/2014 school year to seven.

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Workshop tackles quality challenges in dry mix packaging, field handling

Source: Strategic Development Council Leading into its Technology Forum #34 in Indianapolis, SDC will host “Establishing Standards of Care for Prepackaged Powdered Materials for Use in Construction,” a September 4 workshop on quality control impacting end uses of cement-based repair products and grouts. Among issues organizers will target: unwanted chlorides inadvertently added to the cement; contamination of product from previous…

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Hardscape NA adds first Installer Championship

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Herndon, Va.

Organizers of the Hardscape North America show, October 24-25, Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, are registering teams for the first HNA Installer Championship, intended to test and recognize the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Up to 12 teams of hardscape contractors will be tested on their application of industry best practices, safety, quality and craftsmanship.

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Supplementary binders help global cement industry cut CO2 emissions 17 percent

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

The WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative’s Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) database indicates producers reduced specific net carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cementitious product to 1,261 lb. (629 kg/tonne) in 2011 from 1,515 lb. (756 kg/tonne) in 1990.

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NRMCA schedules four-webinar series on LEED v4

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

As part of its online Concrete’s Role in Sustainable Development course, NRMCA will present live webinars August 5-8, noon–2 p.m. EST, addressing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 rating system, scheduled for a November rollout. Online exercises and quizzes will bring the LEED v4 program to 10 hours of instruction.

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