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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Insurance giant tailors underwriting program to mass timber

Source: Zurich North America, Schaumburg, Ill.  A key player in insurance solutions for construction, Zurich North America is expanding coverage offerings to commercial projects using mass timber, a group of engineered wood products touted for resilience and sustainability. The company will offer up $50 million insurance capacity to qualified customers and make Mass Timber Builders Risk available for project-specific coverage…

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ASTM floor noise standard raises another wood structure red flag

A new standard from ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics establishes an evaluation metric for low-frequency impact noise, especially the thudding from footfalls typical in multi-level buildings constructed of materials other than cast-in-place or precast concrete.

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Bid-rigging contractor discovers law federal agencies choose to enforce

By Don Marsh In an age of opponent cancellation and selective federal, state or local law enforcement, a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) plea agreement with an employee of a contractor performing concrete work for Minnesota municipalities offers two takeaways. First, despite Herculean efforts, the current White House has some unfinished business in its quest to erase all things Donald…

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ACI moves Concrete Convention from in-person to virtual format

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff Engineers, contractors, educators, material or manufacturing representatives, plus other allied interests will assemble online from October 17-21, 2021 for the ACI Concrete Convention—the world’s gathering place for advancing construction. Originally scheduled as a hybrid event with virtual presentations accompanying in-person meetings in Atlanta, the program will now be fully online. 

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Institute does project math in Concrete Solutions, Embodied Carbon Guides

Sources: RMI, Boulder, Colo.; CP staff Energy market-driven RMI has released Concrete Solutions Guide in tandem with the broader Reducing Embodied Carbon in Buildings, the former presenting specific opportunities for “a nearly ubiquitous material with a sizable climate impact” and expanding on the need to optimize mixes to reduce overall embodied carbon in buildings at little to no additional cost.

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Pandemic measures drive doubling of safety training outlays

Members responding to the Associated Builders and Contractors 2021 Workforce Development Survey invested $1.3 billion last year to provide craft, leadership and safety education to 500,000 course attendees, advancing their careers in commercial and industrial construction. Safety education accounted for 71 percent of the total workforce investment as per-person spending doubled, revealing an elevated focus on total human health during…

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Sweat-soaking hard hat liners

Mindful of conditions in construction and plant settings subject to seasonal heat, the company has developed disposable hard hat liners to absorb sweat instantly while preventing odors, stains, acne and the constant need to stop and wipe up with a towel or a shirt sleeve. NoSweat thin liners offer a universal fit in all brands and makes of hard hats…

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PLACING EQUIPMENT

A survey of the latest offerings from mixer truck-mounted conveyors. ROTABELT  Manufacturer credits the quality components and strong industrial experience behind its namesake mixer truck-mounted conveyor series as key to ensuring producers “profitability, performance and reliability while delivering concrete on site.” RotaBELT models reach from 42 feet to 57 feet with standard, single telescopic, double telescopic, or the Rotating Chute—the…

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Contractor sees workplace returns spurring polished slab demand

Heightened consciousness about interior space cleanliness and maintenance has compelled slab finishing specialist NEx Systems to shift its focus to the craft of polished concrete. With clean floors topping a list of concerns for returning workplace occupants, the Stockton, Calif. contractor notes, smooth, non-porous surfaces will see a unique level of traction among facility owners.  NEx Systems will perform work…

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