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ASTM-led consortium eyes improved PCR, LCA and EPD for green building interests

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

A first-of-its-kind consortium in the green-building industry convened 15 manufacturers and industry representatives in a roundtable discussion on the needs for enhancing product transparency and stewardship through effective product category rules (PCR), life cycle assessment reports (LCA), environmental product declarations (EPD), and Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports.

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Forterra moves deep into water infrastructure supply chain with ductile iron pipe play

Sources: Forterra Building Products, Irving, Texas; CP staff

The top producer of reinforced concrete pipe, concrete and steel pressure pipe, plus precast drainage products has greatly expanded its prospects in the water infrastructure market, acquiring ductile iron product leader U.S. Pipe. The Birmingham, Ala., operator brings Forterra Building Products 20 manufacturing and fabrication facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, and the leading brand of ductile iron pipe, fittings, joint restraints and related products among distributors, contractors and engineers.

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Construction interests challenge OSHA silica rule on multiple fronts

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Seven national construction organizations, led by ABC, AGC and ARTBA, plan to join eight state affiliates petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule on crystalline silica exposure. Released in late March, it sets a threshold of 50-micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift, compared to a longstanding 250-microgram level for the construction industry.

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