EPA backs IsoTruss carbon fiber concrete reinforcement research

A composite materials specialist seeking a greater role for construction-grade carbon fiber has garnered a $100,000 Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research Program award for development of reinforced concrete increasing telecommunication tower performance in the face of natural disaster exposure. “Infrastructure must become safer, longer lasting, and more sustainable,” says Nathan Rich, chief executive officer of Springville, Utah-based IsoTruss…

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Altus precasters map “Innovate, Insulate, Integrate” education tour

Sources: AltusGroup, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff

The AltusGroup partnership of 21 North American precasters will present a free, full-day program to educate architects and other building team members about designing enclosures that save energy, last longer and meet aesthetic goals. “Innovate. Insulate. Integrate” will offer up to six AIA LU credits.

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Heldenfels, robust-home specialist peg ‘Win-Wind’ solution for hurricane extremes

Sources: Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. (HEI), San Marcos, Texas; and CP staff

In alliance with HEI Building Systems Division, Coastal Fortified Homes (CFH) has designed a carbon fiber-reinforced precast concrete wall system to withstand Category 5 hurricane exposure (winds > 157 mph) and attendant flooding or storm surge. The system premiers at a development of eight 1,600-sq.-ft. properties in Port Aransas, Texas, located between San Jose and Padre Islands.

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