Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff
ASTM Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products’ proposed WK52521, Standard Practice for the Performance Criteria for Storm Water Treatment Devices, will help measure the release of runoff-conveyed contaminants from streets, parking lots, and other structures into natural waterways.
Sources: ConstructConnect, Norcross, Ga.; CP staff
The Q3 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report of ConstructConnect (iSqFt, Construction Market Data, BidClerk, Construction Data source) has trimmed projected U.S. total construction starts growth for this year against 2016 from 4.8 percent to 4.5 percent, and the 2018 year-over-year gain from 6.0 percent to 5.9 percent.
Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff
Sales of concrete pavers and slabs increased to a projected 721.4 million square feet in the U.S. and Canada during 2016, a 4.3 percent increase from the prior year’s 690 million sq. ft. According to the 2017 ICPI Industry Sales Profile, based on a survey of producers representing more than 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian paver and slab capacity, last year’s estimated total was a) the highest since 2006, when estimated shipments hit 800 million sq. ft.; and, b) 35.5 percent above 2010, when the industry hit a recession-low sales point of 472 million sq. ft.