Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff
The public comment period for OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica continues through January 27, following the agency’s decision to extend an original December 11 deadline.
Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
NRMCA’s newest certification program is a Quality Management System whose guidelines are consistent with ISO 9000 standards and suited to ready mixed producers aiming to supplant prescriptive concrete specifications with performance-based alternatives.
Source: McGraw Hill Construction, New York
A mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning, the Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2014 will rise 9 percent, to $555.3 billion—higher than the 5 percent increase to $508 billion estimated for 2013. The projection was made at McGraw Hill Construction’s 75th annual Outlook Executive Conference in Washington, D.C.
Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
The General Services Administration concludes that USGBC’s LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings to advance energy efficiency and save taxpayers’ money.
Source: American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), Washington, D.C.
Chemical and building materials interests issued a statement responding to the U.S. General Services Administration’s recommendation of the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes 2010 and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 as third party certification systems:
Sources: Superior Walls of America, New Holland, Pa.
Evidencing further positive home building market trends, above- and below-grade precast wall system licensor Superior Walls reports year-to-date order activity 16 percent and 24 percent above figures for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff
In his first address as NPCA chairman, Brent Dezember outlined five action statements for association leaders during his one-year term: certification leadership; specifier outreach; member service and value; improving industry marketing; and, aligning industry associations.
Sources: AVR Inc., Apple Valley, Minn.; CP staff
Ready mixed producer AVR has scheduled a roller compacted concrete demonstration near its headquarters, spotlighting for the Minneapolis-St. Paul market a heavy-duty pavement specification that agencies, engineers and owners are increasingly weighing as an asphalt alternative.
Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff
Alberta’s weather extremes will test the efficiency and thermal mass properties of the Net Zero Precast Concrete Home, a duplex to which Lafarge and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton turned over the keys in a mid-October ceremony. The two families will build equity in their new homes through an interest-free Habitat mortgage, capped at 25 percent of income.
Source: CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill.
W. Brent Nixon, Ph.D, P.E. has been named president and chief executive officer of CTLGroup succeeding Dr. Timothy Tonyan, who following an interim period at the helm, will now serve as senior vice president.