ABC: Registered apprenticeship system no match for skilled labor needs

It would take 14 years for federal and state government-registered apprenticeship programs to educate the 650,000 workers the construction industry needs to hire in 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data from 2021. DOL figures indicate that the construction industry’s federal government-registered apprenticeship system produced just 24,822 completers of its four- to…

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Programmers complete AASHTOWare Project, ForneyVault interface

Construction materials testing equipment and technology provider Forney LP is preparing release of a ForneyVault-AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials interface to state departments of transportation. Linking its signature platform and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials software suite, the company notes, “Drives increased transparency, productivity and efficiency—especially pertinent for DOT labs today in light of the Infrastructure…

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Shaping the future, sharpening the carbon focus

BY JOSEPHINE PATTERSON Within a year of the California Nevada Cement Association’s release of an industry-wide roadmap to attain net zero carbon operation by 2045, a rare alignment of state government, industry stakeholder and environmental group initiatives is validating some of the lowest hanging fruit in the action plan. CNCA envisions three major pathways for the industry to attain the…

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Cement, concrete producers stay in front of proposed climate rule

Environmental Protection Agency reporting measures and market mechanisms like the U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating system could position publicly traded portland cement, concrete and aggregate producers for seamless compliance with a proposed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global warming risk disclosures. The subject of a public comment period closing this month, the…

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CalPortland, Cemex, Ozinga, PCA compound Energy Star records

Four familiar names in construction materials are among 210 U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency 2022 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recipients. CalPortland Co., Cemex USA and Ozinga Bros. Inc. earned awards in the Energy Management category, Portland Cement Association in Energy Management Program Delivery. The 2022 Partner naming marks 18 consecutive years of such recognition…

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CarbiCrete enjoys $12 million welcome to venture capital stage

CarbiCrete, Montreal developer of a mix design and curing methodology capturing up to 150 kg (330 lbs.) of carbon dioxide emissions for every metric ton of concrete produced, has secured $12 million at the first close of its Series A financing round. Leader FS Investors, a private entity based in La Jolla, Calif., was joined in the round by ARC…

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ICF walls keep PulteGroup up with the Joneses in solar-powered town

One of the nation’s largest builders has turned to insulating concrete forms for two homes in Babcock Ranch, a solar power-oriented community outside of Fort Myers, Fla. Ahead of listings, Atlanta-based PulteGroup unveiled the models last month to test the energy performance of R-22 rated ICF walls paired with “the latest advancements in sustainable new home technologies and innovations.”  Florida…

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Holcim informs GE-led, DOE-backed wind turbine base investigation

Paris-based GE Renewable Energy staged a mid-April inauguration for a Bergen, N.Y. research and development facility equipped to fabricate up to 20-meter high wind turbine base structures with outsized 3D concrete printers. The facility positions a 20-member team to optimize such concrete practice, potentially leading to fabrication of turbine pedestals’ bottom portions on-site and lower material and equipment transportation costs…

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Positive drug test results reach 20-year high, spiking from a decade ago

Positive drug test results among America’s workforce reached their highest rate last year since 2001 and were up more than 30 percent in the combined U.S. workforce from an all-time low in 2010-2012, according to a new analysis by Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services. Based on 11 million-plus deidentified urine, hair and oral fluid drug…

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Contract-laden GSA calls for concrete, asphalt EPD submittals

A new U.S. General Services Administration standard targeting low embodied concrete on federal projects will require contractors to provide environmental product declarations (EPD), where available, from ready mixed suppliers. It compels procurement of concrete exhibiting production stage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels 20 percent below national averages for compressive strength classes. EPDs express the GHG metric as global warming…

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