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: