Coal ash product use in cement kiln feeds and concrete mixes approaches 18M tons

The American Coal Ash Association 2022 Production and Use Survey reflects 2021 data from coal-fired power stations, which yielded 77.3 million tons of ASTM C618 Class F or Class C ash and lesser grade coal combustion products (CCP), up from 69.1 million tons the prior year. When measured against prior year figures, 2021 saw: Fly ash consumption in concrete reach…

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Concrete Pipe group sums up new brand: Water + Resilience + Strength

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff The American Concrete Pipe Association has effected a major brand update with the unveiling of a new signature intended to be more modern, scalable, and representative of the products or markets the group represents and serves. Underscoring the effort are a new ACPA logo presented as the sum of Water +…

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PCA tallies Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality year one takeaways

Portland Cement Association members marked the first year of their Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 by highlighting key deliverables for public and private construction market stakeholders. Released in October 2021, the Roadmap outlines strategies in a value chain—Clinker, Cement, Concrete, Construction, Carbonation—through which cement producers and their downstream partners can attain carbon neutrality in finished structures or slabs over…

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Dodge, Procore report: Concrete contractors lag trades in profitability

Sources: Procore Technologies, Inc., Carpinteria, Calif.; Dodge Construction Network, Hamilton, N.J.; CP staff 2022 Top Business Issues for Specialty Contractors finds concrete contractors trail their steel, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing counterparts in financial performance. Published by Dodge Construction Network and construction management software developer Procore Technologies, the report highlights key issues impacting leading trades: profitability, workforce management and technology adoption. …

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Cement producers pinpoint Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality deliverables

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association members are marking the first year of their Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 by highlighting key deliverables for public and private construction market stakeholders. Released in mid-October 2021, the Roadmap outlines strategies in a value chain—Clinker, Cement, Concrete, Construction, Carbonation—through which cement producers and their downstream partners can…

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Lehigh Hanson builds aggregates recycling capacity in Pacific Northwest

Lehigh Hanson has acquired JEV Recycling Inc., which runs a major concrete and asphalt materials facility in Woodinville, Wash. The deal times with the addition of a similar operation in Redmond, Wash. at Cadman Inc., Lehigh Hanson’s Pacific Northwest franchise and a key Seattle market ready mixed and aggregates player. The new facility processes slab or structural rubble into recycled…

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Report pegs C-I-P concrete, precast, steel site productivity disparities

Sources: Dodge Construction Network, Hamilton, N.J.; Versatile, Los Altos, Calif.; CP staff A new report from Dodge Construction Network and Versatile, Silicon Valley construction technology developer, finds that using data-backed measurements and benchmarks is the most effective way to advance site organization efforts for cast-in-place concrete, precast or structural steel work. Such efforts maximize utilization of the crane, an expensive…

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NRMCA honors Excellence in Quality Award recipients

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 20 producer members operating individual plants or multiple divisions or regions in the 2022 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Awards program. Winners have demonstrated commitment to materials and production facilities management and related measures behind delivery of quality concrete, while maintaining a high level of…

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Euclid Chemical microfiber recycles 10 plastic bottles per pound

Sources: Euclid Chemical, Cleveland; CP staff Euclid Chemical cites the sustainability benefits of its new PSI Fiberstrand Repreve 225 synthetic microfiber, a fine denier monofilament product bearing polyester material from post-consumer plastic bottles. The introduction stems from a partnership with Unifi, which has parlayed Repreve into the top branded fiber derived from recycled material.  Every pound of PSI Fiberstrand Repreve…

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Three ways to protect concrete from a natural enemy: Water

Concrete has been used as a strong, durable building material for thousands of years, dating back to ancient structures that are still standing to this day. Yet, it has one fundamental enemy it can’t escape—water. As an uptick in humidity and rainstorms wash across many regions throughout much of the calendar, water infiltration can lead to issues such as below-grade…

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