RMC Foundation studies rebar optimization in low-rise C-I-P walls

A new RMC Research & Education Foundation report states the case for engineers, practitioners and code officials to consider design loads versus prescriptive reinforcement requirements for concrete walls framing low-rise buildings in moderate or lower seismic zones.  “Simulation-based Investigation of the Performance of Low-rise Concrete Walls with Low Reinforcement Ratios” covers RMC Foundation-funded research at the University of Washington. Department…

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IIJA, M&A prospects shape advisor FMI’s Construction Materials Outlook

North Carolina-based FMI Capital Advisors, a leading investment banking firm for aggregate, concrete, asphalt producers and their customers, examines key drivers and challenges its 2022 Construction Materials Outlook. Themed “Seizing the Opportunities Ahead,” the report also assesses 2021 producer and contractor merger & acquisition activity.  “[Last year] presented an acquisition-rich environment for Construction Materials. Cash on hand, solid earnings and…

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Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute initiative instills value proposition

The Concrete and Reinforcing Steel Institute has launched a landing page, anchored by the new “Safe and Sound: Steel Reinforced Concrete” tagline. The page provides a quick snapshot of the world’s most common building material and acts as a vehicle to address, inform and respond to pressing industry topics. Several issues have been addressed with the page launch, and CRSI…

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Integral dx calculates optimal timing for Schwing Legacy Mixer debut

Minnesota-based Integral dx consummated the rollout of its namesake series mixer truck and component line at World of Concrete 2022. A Las Vegas Convention Center booth featuring two mixers and a drum extended an official market introduction that kicked off during the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2021 ConcreteWorks Expo.  Integral dx is initially focusing on Conventional Series II and…

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National Steering Committee books another record CIM Auction

The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program reports $1.74 million-plus in gross revenue from its annual auction, staged during World of Concrete 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Fueling the record kitty were winning bids for an Kenworth T880-mounted Alliance boom pump; Mack Granite-mounted McNeilus mixer; Con-Tech Mfg. High Performance Mixer package; Somero S-485 Laser Screed;…

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Veneer stone nails top award criteria at International Builders’ Show

Evolve Stone Mortarless Series manufactured stone veneer, cast to enable installation with pneumatic nail guns, took Most Innovative Building Material and Best of Show honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ Best of IBS Awards program. Awards in eight categories were presented to 2022 International Builders’ Show exhibitors with a product embodying “the best combination of design, functionality and…

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3D concrete printing on full display at International Builders’ Show

Black Buffalo 3D, a global provider of construction-scale printers and proprietary structural concrete ink, demonstrated the capabilities of its 40-ft. Nexcon model at February’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando. The device occupied much of a 60- x 80-ft. Orange County Convention Center outdoor booth, placing a low-slump, fine aggregate mix layer by layer to yield load-bearing wall assemblies.  “The premier…

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Belgard, Techniseal open Michelin Pilot season with Rockwell Autosport

Oldcastle APG brands Belgard and Techniseal are lead sponsors of the Rockwell Autosport Development Audi RS3 LMS, campaigning in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. Techniseal launched its Rockwell Autosport Development team sponsorship at the tail end of the 2021 season, dispatching the racecar to Louisville, Ky. as a Hardscape North America exhibit centerpiece. Belgard joined its sister brand for…

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Insurance giant Zurich tailors underwriting program to mass timber jobs

A key player in insurance solutions for construction, Zurich North America is expanding coverage offerings to commercial projects using mass timber, a group of engineered wood products touted for resilience and sustainability. The company will offer up $50 million insurance capacity to qualified customers and make Mass Timber Builders Risk available for project-specific coverage or under a Master Builders Risk…

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Eagle Roofing pegs Colors of the Year, Month series

With an eye to remaining on top of current design trends, California-based Eagle Roofing Products has launched its first ever Color of the Year and Color of the Month series to highlight concrete tile portfolio offerings that will complement popular paint preferences and architectural styles, while embracing “transformative times.” A roof can make up to 40-50 percent of a structure’s…

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