ACPA documents concrete pavement’s sustainability, resilience

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff A new American Concrete Pavement Association white paper synthesizes research on concrete pavement’s contributions to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. With the release of “Concrete Pavement’s Role in a Sustainable, Resilient Future,” the group aims to educate decision-makers involved in the placement and rehabilitation of roadway, highway and airfield pavements, many…

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Sluggish Outlook

Economic uncertainty and inflation impact construction Sector BY CP STAFF As we begin the new year, there are concerns surrounding the health of the economy and whether a recession is in the near future. Amongst the uncertainty, industry economists have revealed that the impact of high interest rates and inflation is already being felt within the construction sector.  “The Federal…

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VCNA’s Ruiz, Buzzi Unicem’s Toso named PCA chair, vice chair

Filiberto Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of Toronto-based Votorantim Cimentos North America, has been elected to a two-year term as Portland Cement Association chair, succeeding his GCC of America counterpart Ron Henley. “Portland Cement Association plays a crucial role in the advancement of the cement and construction industries, not only in the U.S., but in partnership with other like-minded…

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Decades of performance data points inform new PCA RCC Design Manual

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Portland Cement Association’s second edition of Design Manual for RCC Spillways and Overtopping Protection provides the latest insights on design trends, control sections, and construction means or methods surrounding roller-compacted concrete for water resources infrastructure. Authors also examine RCC mixes: Typically dry, designed for placement in 12-in. deep lifts and, in…

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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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VCNA’s Ruiz, Buzzi Unicem’s Toso named PCA chair, vice chair

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Filiberto Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of Toronto-based Votorantim Cimentos North America, has been elected to a two-year term as Portland Cement Association chair, succeeding his GCC of America counterpart Ron Henley. “Portland Cement Association plays a crucial role in the advancement of the cement and construction industries, not only in…

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Organizations – October 2022

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 20 producer members operating individual plants or multiple divisions or regions in the 2022 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 customer satisfaction.  These Excellence in Quality Award recipients were…

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Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality progresses along Madison Avenue

Portland Cement Association Chairman Ron Henley (GCC America) told a New York Climate Week gathering in mid-September how U.S. producers have exceeded expectations outlined a year ago in the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. With a 2050 horizon, the document offered carbon dioxide emissions reduction opportunities across a Clinker, Cement, Concrete, Construction and Carbonation value/process chain.  Taking the podium at…

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PCA factors housing market decline into lower 2023 cement shipments

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff The Portland Cement Association fall forecast sees 2023 U.S. cement shipments to be off 3.5 percent against this year’s levels, which are trending nearly flat, or 0.3 percent above 2021 figures. Next year stands to bring the first cement volume decline in 13 years, but sets the stage for a growth window…

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Carbon policies ignite fires under federal agency seats

A hastily conducted first quarter survey spawning the General Services Administration’s Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Standards, noted here in May, set the table for comparably quick, parallel action by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency (note Federal Buy Clean Initiative, page 13), plus the Department of Energy (DOE). The latter’s new “Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap” identifies pathways—Energy Efficiency; Industrial…

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