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Union, flooring groups recognize Concrete Contractors’ slab quality guideline

Sources: American Society for Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis; CP staff

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, International Masonry Institute, and Tile Contractors Association of America have endorsed the ASCC Position Statement on Floor Flatness Tolerances, joining supporters Flooring Contractors Association and National Wood Flooring Association.

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CalPortland sustains leadership in EPA Energy Star program

Source: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.

As 2014 Energy Star Partner of Year – Sustained Excellence Award recipient, CalPortland will be honored April 29 in Washington, D.C., the recognition earned through what EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe calls the cement, concrete and aggregate producer’s “unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient.”

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EPA strategic plan: Sustainable development, law enforcement, air & water quality

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Billed as a blueprint for a mission supporting public health and the environment across the country, EPA’s 2014–2018 Strategic Plan cites as chief goals: addressing climate change and improving air quality; protecting America’s waters; cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; ensuring the safety of chemicals; and, protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

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ANSI accreditation reinforces PCI standards profile

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

PCI has been accredited as an American National Standards Institute standards developer. A first for an organization in manufactured concrete, the accreditation positions PCI’s voluntary consensus documents relating to the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation, and erection of precast and precast/prestressed concrete to be registered as American National Standards.

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Wireless monitor flags impending hydraulic hose failure

Source: Eaton Hydraulics Business, Eden Prairie, Minn.

A breakthrough technology Eaton announced at ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 wirelessly monitors hydraulic hose assemblies and reports imminent failure in real time. The LifeSense system monitors up to 100 hoses and transmits data to a secure web portal where multiple users can check hydraulics’ operation status and set e-mail or text message alerts.

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