Graphene for Carbon-Neutral Concrete

Graphene technology promises carbon-neutral ready mixed concrete. Those seeking to aggressively push a transition to carbon neutrality should look to Adam Smith, known as the father of capitalism, for guidance. According to the 18th-century Scottish philosopher and economist, “By pursuing his own interest [the individual] frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote…

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Innovative Brick Systems returns to AltusGroup partnership

A leading player in embedded thin brick systems for architectural precast concrete has rejoined licensor AltusGroup as an Innovation Partner to lend members its expertise and technical support. Innovative Brick Systems of Lafayette, Colo. produces concrete form liners that enable plants to embed brick, tile, and stone into their precast products to deliver timeless, quality finishes. The involvement of the…

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ASCC becomes first contractor group to join World Cement Association

Sources: American Society for Concrete Contractors, St. Louis; CP staff The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) is the newest World Cement Association Affiliate Member, bringing front-line perspective to the technical and industry organizations comprising the third of three WCA member categories, alongside Corporate and Associate Corporate. Through education and advocacy efforts, ASCC aims to empower concrete contractors to achieve…

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Texas Lehigh ramps up 500K tpy capacity slag cement mill 

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Texas Lehigh Cement Company LP, the 50/50 joint venture of Heidelberg Materials North America and Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc., plans a summer start for a slag cement grinding and finishing operation in Houston. In tandem with a Buda, Texas flagship plant, the new mill strengthens Texas Lehigh’s footprint in a fast-growing…

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Admixture-grade carbon nanotubes emerge from methane processing

Huntsman Corp. of The Woodlands, Texas has commenced work on a 30 ton per year Miralon carbon nanotube materials plant, output from which can be used for specialty concrete admixtures, high-performance composites, electric vehicle batteries and long-wear tires. Miralon structural carbon comprises nanotube-based materials produced as additives, dispersions, sheets or yarn. The materials are lightweight, thinner than a human hair,…

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Heidelberg Materials Sustainability course premiers on AEC Daily

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Heidelberg Materials North America is offering a free American Institute of Architects-accredited course, “Mastering Sustainable Concrete: on the Road to Net Zero Construction,” informing owners, contractors, specifiers and designers of structural material choices that promote decarbonization. Available on AEC Daily’s online continuing education platform and geared toward learners with intermediate knowledge,…

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AltusGroup: 35 million square feet of precast wall panels in 20 years

Sources: AltusGroup, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff Embracing “precast innovation powered by collaboration” has positioned carbon fiber reinforced element licensor AltusGroup and producer members to sustain momentum in developing advanced commercial building enclosure solutions. “In the two decades since our founding, we’ve seen a deepened focus on energy savings, carbon footprint mitigation and on-site labor reductions, all amid an enhanced desire…

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10-ton gantry crane

The new EMH Single Leg Semi Gantry Crane eases load transfer between workstations, while freeing up overhead cranes to handle other tasks. The model features an exclusive poly wheel design, eliminating the need for built-in floor rails, and the new EG Hoist, augmenting trolley adjustment. The EG is designed to have a more spacious enclosure to accommodate much larger control…

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Empire State sets Clean Concrete procurement and EPD submittal terms

Beginning in January 2025, concrete producers will be required to provide environmental product declarations for New York State agency project deliveries above $1 million and 50 yards, or NYS Department of Transportation work above $3 million and 200 yards. Under just-adopted Buy Clean Concrete guidelines, producers will also need to demonstrate that their mix materials exhibit environmental impact below certain…

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Pilot production line broadens Solidia SCM lab testing, field trials  

Sources: Solidia Technologies, San Antonio, Texas; CP staff Solidia Technologies is ramping up production of a proprietary supplementary cementitious material with the activation of a new pilot line at its expanded Texas headquarters. The equipment will increase the producer’s SCM capacity 25-fold, thereby allowing customers and prospects to test the engineered, performance binding agent in lab and field conditions. Solidia…

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