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Report shows industrial sector prioritizes sustainability in design and operations

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

USGBC’s new LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and prioritize environmental stewardship. Currently, there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities worldwide totaling more than 496 million square feet and an additional 2,710 projects registered totaling nearly 737 million square feet.

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Eagle concrete roof tile tests answer insurers’ hail damage concerns

Sources: Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.; CP staff

Eagle Roofing has demonstrated “Class 4 Impact Resistance” for its flat and Malibu (medium profile) tiles, an achievement Vice President of Sales & Marketing John Campbell calls “paramount to our efforts to expand the market for concrete tile in the United States and Canada. “Hail is a phenomenon that drives a multi-billion dollar replacement market for asphalt shingles and other temporary roof coverings every year. Our goal is to expose architects, developers, builders and roofing contractors across the country to the performance-based superiority of concrete roof tiles."

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RMC Foundation releases driver recruitment, onboarding resources

Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation; CP staff

With an eye to helping ready mixed producers introduce prospective truck drivers to the industry and their own companies, the RMC Foundation has released nine-minute and two-minute recruitment videos plus 30- and 60-second radio spots. The videos can also serve as interview and onboarding resources to give candidates and new-hires an in-depth look at "A Day in the Life" of a professional mixer truck driver.

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Segmental concrete paver sales maintain double-digit growth in 2015

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

New home construction, acceleration in sales of existing homes, a rebound in public section construction spending, and an increase in commercial construction all contributed to strong growth last year for U.S. and Canadian segmental concrete pavement, according to the ICPI 2016 Industry Sales Survey.

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IBC/IRC-compliant deck elevates paving stone installations, market prospects

Sources: Evolutiondeck Inc., Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; CP staff

Certification of Evolutiondeck’s SPX structural members as International Building Code- and International Residential Code-compliant will provide big box retailers and independent hardscape/landscape dealers new leverage in promoting paver and patio slab projects. Tailored to horizontal and vertical conditions, the Z- and C-shaped SPX sections are fabricated from 16-gauge galvanized steel, load tested in excess of 500 lbs./square foot, and combine with smaller detail sections to create the Paverdeck system.

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