Safety cap specialist documents rebar, stake impalement liability

Sources: J-Cat Safety Products, Temecula, Calif.  A new J-Cat Safety Products white paper addresses the use of rebar, metal forming stake and exposed bracket caps for California concrete practitioners and peers subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. “Impact of Plausible Deniability” describes the financial consequences, starting at a reported $18,000, employers might face if they fail to comply…

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Sustainability practice to guide GSA Acquisition Advisory Committee

Sources: U.S. General Services Adminstration; CP staff On the heels of swift Q1 2022 action compelling carbon-wise procurement, coupled with environmental product declaration submittal requirements for building and nonbuilding contracts, the General Services Administration plans a GSA Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee (GAP FAC). Members will inform the agency on using tools and authorities to increase government-wide sustainability measures. 

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Cemex Ventures, nine partners open Construction Startup Competition

The corporate venture capital and innovation unit of Cemex S.A.B de C.V. invites participants in the sixth Construction Startup Competition—the biggest such program for the global construction industry. Open to businesses in their early stages up to their commercialization phase, the Cemex Ventures competition suits entrepreneurs who wish to knock on the doors of potential business partners. Participants can apply…

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ICF walls frame PulteGroup models in solar-powered community

Sources: PulteGroup, Atlanta; CP staff One of the nation’s largest builders has turned to insulating concrete forms for two homes along “Innovation Way” within Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered town rising outside of Fort Myers, Fla. Ahead of listings, PulteGroup unveiled the models earlier this month, aiming to test the energy performance of R-22 rated ICF walls paired with “the latest…

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Nucor plans 430K-ton rebar mill for North Carolina site

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff Nucor has confirmed a Lexington, N.C. site for a $350 million concrete rebar mill, construction of which received board approval earlier this year. With a 2024-25 projected start up and 430,000 tons’ annual capacity, the operation will become the company’s third micro rebar mill, alongside recently completed Missouri and Florida facilities. Micro mill…

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22V cordless battery

Hilti Group presents Nuron as a 22V cordless battery platform, introducing “technologies to reinvent how construction professionals work daily on jobsites, tackle health and safety challenges, and manage their businesses—giving them the power and confidence of being safer, smarter, and more efficient. Connectivity is at the core, making it part of every tool, battery, and charger now and well into…

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PCA’s Sullivan factors Ukraine into revised U.S. construction forecast

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan cites the potential for a dip in cement consumption and concrete output attributable to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. At a joint luncheon in San Antonio during the PCA and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2022 conventions, he offered three scenarios for U.S. shipments through 2024:

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Florida stays on top of ABC construction business climate survey

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Associated Builders and Contractors’ seventh annual Merit Shop Scorecard salutes the Sunshine State for fostering a climate friendly to construction interests and their clients. The group determines the ranking on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, grow career and technical education, strengthen careers in construction, and advocate for…

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Raw material, freight costs drive GCP admixture price increase

Source: GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Alpharetta, Ga. GCP Applied Technologies will raise concrete admixture prices up to 10 percent for North American customers, effective January 2022. “The global supply chain impacts on raw material and freight costs have been unprecedented over the past six months and input costs are not expected to subside in the near-term,” explains GCP Specialty Construction…

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