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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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Hardscape North America Awards call for entries deadline nears

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

ICPI is accepting through August 15 entries for the 2016 Hardscape NA Awards, recognizing concrete and clay paver, plus segmental retaining wall unit projects in 15 residential or commercial categories.

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NPCA, CPCI team on education, sustainability, marketing efforts

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

A memorandum of understanding will enable NPCA and Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute to broaden their information sharing and collaborate across a number of important areas of common interests, including education, sustainability and marketing to the specifying community.

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LafargeHolcim spreads Ductal UHPC to thin cladding, rainscreen applications

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has teamed with South Bend, Ind.-based Shaffner Heaney Associates to extend Ductal ultra-high performance concrete—with 18,000 psi design and 25,000 psi ultimate strengths—to the thin cladding and rainscreen market. Long the domain of metal panels and, more recently, fiber cement, rainscreen cladding systems typically comprise galvanized bracket- or channel-mounted 0.5- to 1-in. thick panels, insulation and water barrier.

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