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Construction economists differ on 2013 market outlook

American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker, National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe and Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu shared their thoughts on next year’s business outlook during a late-June webcast.

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EPA Stormwater Framework spotlights pervious slab, permeable paver solutions

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists the agency’s regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement integrated approaches to reduce pollution and the impact of overflow events.

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Spancrete tests pervious precast

Spancrete Industries has deployed a new patent-pending system to help manage stormwater runoff at Milwaukee’s Garden District Neighborhood Association Farmers Market.

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Contractors and OSHA battle aggressive driving

Through its Alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association has released a Best Practice document, CSDA-OBP-1009 Aggressive Driving and Road Rage, to help concrete professionals avoid confrontations in their daily commutes.

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Titan chief stresses building resiliency in Rio+20 policy talk

Addressing last month’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Portland Cement Association Chairman and Titan American CEO Aris Papadopoulos called on business leaders of the world to include resilient construction in public policy, noting that just building “green” is not enough to protect human lives and business investment.

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