The Brick Industry Association reports that clay unit masonry can now contribute toward fulfillment of Materials and Resources requirements for (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED v4.0 and v4.1 certification candidate projects. A new United States-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick Environmental Product Declaration (Brick Industrywide EPD) has been third-party certified and published, and reflects data surrounding the manufacture of units…Read More
Doug Dayton, P.E., has been named president of the American Concrete Pipe Association, transitioning from that same capacity at Professional Services Industries Inc., a major consulting engineer and construction materials testing firm.Read More
Charles Smith, chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, has been elected Brick Industry Association chairman, succeeding Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co., Selma, Ala. Prior to his 2014 appointment as CEO, Smith served as president and chief operating officer, and was credited with steering General Shale—one of the top North American operators in clay brick— through the economic downturn and revitalizing product development.Read More
Sources: Brick Industry Association (BIA), Reston, Va.; CP staff
An updated BIA study involving seven common home exterior products shows that fired-clay brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone, and just a third more than fiber cement before considering lifetime maintenance costs. Developed by RSMeans, it compares the installed cost of total house construction for brick veneer over wood framing with the cost of adhered manufactured stone, stucco, wood shingle, plus vinyl, fiber cement or horizontal wood siding alternatives.Read More
Summit Materials Inc., Denver, has acquired Sierra Ready Mix, LLC, which serves the Las Vegas market from one sand & gravel pit and two concrete plants. The deal brings the suitor’s largest integrated materials and road-building business, Kilgore Companies, into a fourth state, Nevada, alongside Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.Read More
Environmental Protection Agency aggression fostered an unlikely contingent seeking federal court relief: The American Iron & Steel Institute and American Wood Council joined Portland Cement Association, Brick Industry Association, National Lime Association and 13 other business or industry groups late last month in a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) legal effort to stop implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Through it, the EPA seeks sharp reductions in carbon dioxide emissions—32 percent by 2030 against 2005 level baseline—from utilities and energy-intensive operations.Read More
A nearly 150,000-sq.-ft. permeable paver installation at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. satellite operation in Mills River, N.C., took Concrete Paver–Permeable–Commercial honors in the 2014 Hardscape North America Project Awards, sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association and Brick Industry Association.