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NRMCA opens 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards program

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA is accepting through July 31 entries in the Commitment To Environmental Excellence Awards competition, recognizing member producers’ contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practice in their operations.

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Study finds $1/sq. ft. savings in Green Globes vs. LEED certification process

Source: Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes is less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, according to a GBI-cited study of costs attending a recently completed building—bearing three Green Globes and LEED Gold certification—at Drexel University’s West Philadelphia campus.

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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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