Report probes concrete petrography, defect detection

Sources: Lucideon, Schenectady, N.Y.; CP staff

A new white paper shows how petrographic examination identifies the root cause of common deficiencies and degradation mechanisms in hardened concrete, from low compressive strength, surface scaling or spalling to cracking and alkali-aggregate or chemical reactions. Available free of charge, “The Concreting Process and Petrographic Examination,” is primarily for cast-in-place concrete but offers content applicable to precast as well, and suits engineers, architects, contractors, producers, agencies and building owners.

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Group raises bar for residential, commercial building energy rating

Sources: Leading Raters of America, Fairfax, Va.; CP staff

Energy Inspectors Corp., PEG LLC, TopBuild Home Services Inc., and US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy have chartered Leading Raters of America (LRA) to promote best practices for energy rating services provided to home builders, commercial developers, institutional users and property managers.

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