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AGC economist cautious as construction employment hits six-year high

Construction employers added 6,000 workers in May as the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest mid-spring level in six years, according to an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of federal government data.

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EP Henry: Business not as usual in ‘The Future of Hardscaping’

Attendance at the 15th Mid-Atlantic Hardscaping Trade Show reached levels near those of 2007, participants confirming that customers are ready and willing to invest in projects. True to a “Keep Moving Forward” theme, the Mid-Atlantic Hardscaping Trade Show (MAHTS) at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center earlier this year saw sharply improved metrics against 2013 figures: attendance and number of exhibitors up 50 percent and 35 percent, respectively, and many participants noting they are booked well into the season—a first for such an indicator since 2007.

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LEED critic endorses ICC green code process

A frequent critic of methods behind the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) affirms support of the International Codes Council transparent process for developing the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

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12,000 psi grout articulates ocean topography

Central Concrete Supply Co., the northern California business of U.S. Concrete Inc., has left its signature on a finely detailed, 3D model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve, located south of Monterey along the central coast of California.Central Concrete Supply Co., the northern California business of U.S. Concrete Inc., has left its signature on a finely detailed, 3D model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve, located south of Monterey along the central coast of California.

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NCMA consolidates Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule

After a public comment period through mid-May, the National Concrete Masonry Association is finalizing a linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD): the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.”

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