Lehigh Hanson seals green message in packaged PLC

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff EcoCemPLC portland limestone cement will arrive at big box and construction supply accounts next month in redesigned bags whose graphics emphasize the material’s key metric: A carbon dioxide emissions factor about 10 percent below that of ordinary portland cement. Evolved packaging dovetails an ongoing Lehigh Hanson commitment to carbon footprint reduction and…

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Holcim to cut water consumption in concrete, upstream operations

Sources: Holcim AG, Zug, Switerzland; CP stafff Holcim aims to reduce cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete operations’ respective water intensities by 33 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent through 2030. Applicable to namesake, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, Lattimore Materials and other North America or overseas brands, the targets are part of a global strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and…

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Lehigh Hanson aligns with supply chain-wise Building Transparency

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff Lehigh Hanson is the newest pilot partner in Building Transparency, a Silicon Valley-backed nonprofit organization that provides open access data and tools supporting broad and swift industry action on embodied carbon. The concrete, cement and aggregates giant aims to support advanced supply chain knowledge “for a better building future.” 

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Low carbon LC3 binder steers Sika’s next admixture chapter

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The Swiss parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. will tailor a new family of concrete admixtures and cement additives around the chemistry and behavior of an emerging binder known as LC3, or Limestone Calcined Clay Cement. Through work with Sika AG and peers, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology officials view the material…

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Clark Pacific tailors NetZero Building Platform to 2030 Challenge

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff Clark Pacific has launched the NetZero Building Platform, a complete prefabricated system for next-generation office buildings that prioritize the environment and occupant wellness, and help owners and designers meet the 2030 Challenge. The American Institute of Architects-endorsed Challenge calls for new projects and major building renovations to be carbon neutral—operating free of…

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Concrete Sustainability Council names NRMCA a System Operator

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff NRMCA has joined the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), Geneva, and becomes a Regional System Operator (RSO) for the U.S. marketplace. Launched in 2017 with input from the Portland Cement Association and a Global Cement and Concrete Association predecessor, CSC administers the only industry-specific system certifying the sustainability performance of concrete…

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Report tracks architectural trends driving construction materials selection

Sources: Frost & Sullivan, Santa Clara, Calif.  Management consultant and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan offers predictions for the global construction market in a recent analysis, “Key Architectural Trends Determining Construction Materials Usage, Outlook 2021,” previewed here. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, renewed focus on environment-friendly and circular solutions, along with geopolitical issues are expected to affect the global construction industry for…

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LafargeHolcim joins Apple, other corporate elites on MIT Climate Consortium

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge The just-launched MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) convenes an alliance of leaders from a broad range of industries and aims to drive solutions addressing climate change threats. Organizers characterize it as uniting “similarly motivated, highly creative and influential companies to work with MIT to build a process, market, and ambitious implementation strategy for…

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