Apples-to-apples carbon metrics drive steel interests’ Buy Clean position

Sources: American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago; CP staff The American Institute of Steel Construction’s new “Buy Clean Guidance for Structural Steel Products” informs federal, state and local policymakers of the load-bearing solutions that mills, fabricators and contractors bring to sustainable design. By navigating steel industry intricacies, it helps users take full advantage of the structural product supply chain, accurately…

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Commerce Secretary seats inaugural CMU Checkoff Board of Directors

The Department of Commerce named 21 block producers to two-, three- or four-year terms on the CMU Checkoff Board of Directors. A planned, mid-November meeting in Chicago will see the launch of initial operations; appointment of chairs and vice chairs for five Regional Advisory Committees (RAC); and, determination of when checkoff assessments begin. Charter directors, 15 voting and six alternate(*),…

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Commerce Secretary appoints inaugural CMU Checkoff Board of Directors

Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, CMU Checkoff Transition Advisory Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff  The Department of Commerce named 21 block producers to two-, three- or four-year terms on the CMU Checkoff Board of Directors. They will soon meet to launch initial operations; appoint Regional Advisory Committee chairs and vice chairs; and, determine when checkoff assessments begin. The inaugural directors,…

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Testing Grounds

The Arizona Masonry Council teams up with LAST Architects to investigate the potential of masonry prefabrication. With the help of an enterprising architect, the Arizona Masonry Council is demonstrating new design and engineering potential for concrete masonry units through its annual World of Concrete Masonry Pavilion, staged in the outdoor exhibit area between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las…

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Calstone deal grows Oldcastle APG footprint in Golden State hardscapes

Atlanta-based Oldcastle APG has acquired Calstone, a leading northern California producer of pavers, concrete masonry, segmental retaining wall units and packaged materials serving Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Central Valley markets. “This is a strategically important addition to the Oldcastle APG family as we strive to offer complete outdoor living solutions to our customers across the country,” says President…

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Blair Block moves first to commercialize CarbonBuilt technology

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff Alabama’s Blair Block projects an early-2023 debut for low-carbon concrete masonry units produced with the CarbonBuilt Reversa carbon dioxide capture and mineralization process. Reversa deployment stands to reduce Blair Block products’ carbon footprint upward of 80 percent with no compromise on price, performance or plant operations. A production line retrofit at the producer’s Childersburg…

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Federal agencies trigger a third flourish for Environmental Product Declarations

Our coverage of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete dates to 2013. The record of producers and their national associations responding to market signals calling for such documents continues to be exemplary.  This past month saw a third turning point in EPDs’ evolution from a target of green building practitioners, to data files for the Embodied…

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Producers approve Concrete Masonry Checkoff; Commerce opens Board nominations

Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce; CP staff Producers voting in a Department of Commerce (DOC) referendum have approved formation of a Concrete Masonry Products Board, empowered to fund a Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program through collection of 1 cent per unit sold in the U.S. The referendum passed on the strength of two required majorities: 62 percent of voting producers who represent 53 percent…

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Oldcastle APG, Boston S&G veteran Cooper joins CarbonBuilt

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide capturing and utilization process proven in concrete masonry production, has appointed Conor Cooper as head of Business Development. He arrives after 10 years with the North American market leader in concrete building and hardscape masonry, Oldcastle APG, where he most recently oversaw 18 Northeast facilities and 500 team…

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