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Durability top of architects’ mind on green building product scale

Source: PPG Industries, Pittsburgh

A survey of 600-plus architects representing a cross-section of job titles, experience, firm sizes and geographic locations finds durability, environmental product declarations and independent product certifications the most important attributes for green building specifications.

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Test models concrete mixtures’ drying behavior, augments slab specs

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

Newly published ASTM C1792, Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss Versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes will enable engineers and producers to characterize how hardened mixtures dry. “The information provided can be used to directly assess the drying rates of a given concrete mixture,” says ASTM member Dale Bentz, chemical engineer for the Materials and Structural Systems Division in the National Institute for Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory. “[It] could be valuable for industrial flooring applications, for example, where a quick drying is often desirable.”

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Housing starts again breach pivotal watermark

Source: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.

Nationwide housing starts surpassed one million in September, the third time this year, according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau figures. Total housing production during the month rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.

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