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Greenpeace, Sierra Club: Green building rating systems experts?

Source: CP staff

Responding to the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Green Globes as an alternative to the LEED green building rating system, environmental activists have chartered Greenwash Action, and released a report dubbing the former certification “a ‘green’ building rating system backed by the chemical, plastics and timber industries.”

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PCA economist firm on 2014 growth projection in 8 percent range

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Although recent indicators point to a tempering of the U.S. economy, PCA is maintaining its forecast for steady growth in construction and cement consumption during the next five years, starting with a projected 7.9 percent increase this year in powder shipments, nearly double the 4.5 increase the industry logged in 2013 over prior-year volume.

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Top A/E/C groups pinpoint resilient-project planning, materials

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

Design and construction industry leaders, along with building owners and operators, have pledged to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, project specifications and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

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