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Concrete Decor Show: September in San Diego

Source: ProTrade Publications, Eugene, Ore.; CP staff

Registration is open for the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show, September 25-29 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego. The event will feature decorative concrete workshops and seminars by leading industry authorities, plus a September 27-29 trade show with indoor or outdoor displays and demonstrations.

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New ASTM standard covers segmental concrete paving slabs

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM C1782/C1782M, Specification for Utility Segmental Concrete Paving Slabs, determines the minimum flexural strength, dimensional tolerances, and freeze-thaw durability requirements for 12- to 48-in. square products.

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Headwaters projects double-digit increases in fly ash volumes toward 2017

Sources: Headwaters Inc., South Jordan, Utah; CP staff

In a third-quarter earnings report, Headwaters notes 8 percent revenue and 11 percent EBIDTA gains against the same period in 2015, while projecting near-term strengthening of fly ash and other coal combustion products (CCP) shipments, the core of its Construction Materials business. “As we develop additional sources of [fly ash] supply, we forecast 2017 volumes in the range of 6.1 to 6.5 million tons, a 9 percent to 20 percent increase over 2016 projected volumes,” the company tells investors.

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AGC: Mid-year construction figures fare well against January-June 2015

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Construction spending decreased in June for the third month in a row, but most segments posted solid increases in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to an AGC analysis.

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MIT researchers develop hazard mitigation metric for construction specs

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; CP staff

The MIT-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub has developed Break Even Mitigation Percent (BEMP), a new tool to estimate the cost of weather hazards on a building. In its July research brief, “A break-even hazard mitigation metric,” CSHub staff finds that a $10 million non-engineered wood building is expected to face more than half a million dollars in hazard related damages over 50 years, while a $10 million engineered concrete building is expected to face only $165,000 over the same period.

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