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Conferences signal convergence of SCC, sustainability methods and practice

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

More than 300 producers, design and engineering professionals, and academics from 30-plus countries who attended the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ICSC) and 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016) saw the green building revolution’s profound influence on the past two decades’ most consequential mix technology.

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“Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment” premiers as LEED pilot credit

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A pilot credit joining the LEED v4 green building rating system encourages project teams and manufacturers or suppliers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products or materials during their installation/placement and use phases.

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Oldcastle Precast forms modular building systems joint venture

Sources: Oldcastle Precast, Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Precast and Module X Solutions will manufacture protective modular buildings for the telecommunications, petrochemical, oil and gas, fiber regeneration, and solar industries. A joint venture, Module X Oldcastle LLC, will be based at a 750,000-sq.-ft. operation in Shreveport, La.

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A century of founding-family member oversight sunsets at Gage Bros.

Sources: Gage Brothers Concrete Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.; CP staff

The retirement of Tom and Fred Gage from the board of directors marks the first time in Gage Brothers’ 101-year history that no founding-family member will be involved in the decision making for concrete operation. Their departure was effective at the close of the 2016 board meeting, which saw longtime company president Tom Kelley elected chairman. Immediate predecessors Fred Gage (2009-2016) and Tom Gage (2006-2009) are the grandsons of company founder William Gage.

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ASTM Committee on Sustainability aims to define resiliency

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

ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability is drafting a proposed standard, WK54254, to help reach a consensus-driven, widely applicable definition of resiliency, and enable evaluation of that characteristic in products and materials.

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