Hardscape North America 2024 registration opens

Sources: Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff Registration is open for Hardscape North America, October 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Beyond the opportunity to see and test the latest equipment, tools, products and technology at the nation’s largest hardscape and landscape event, attendees will also benefit from expanded education, new features, networking events and after-hours…

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Registration opens for Hardscape North America 2022

Organizers of the nation’s largest hardscape event, Hardscape North America (HNA), have opened registration for the Kentucky Exposition Center gathering, October 19-21 in Louisville. With the recent addition of more than 35 companies who have not exhibited in the past, the 2022 show is on track to be bigger than ever. New this year, HNA will open earlier on Wednesday,…

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Brick plant data nets Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration

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…

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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.

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General Shale’s Smith chairs Brick Industry Association

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.

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Home exterior cost survey finds brick besting veneer stone, fiber cement

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.

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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.

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A little dirt on the Clean Power Plan

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.

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Ace brewer paves Piedmont path


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.

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