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Lafarge Canada at Environmental Building Declaration forefront

NS-Lafarge-150Posting embodied resource and energy performance data for public reference, Lafarge Canada’s new Innovation Hub in Edmonton is one of the first North American projects bearing an Environmental Building Declaration (EBD). The Innovation Hub opened in March with 10 full-time employees. It can accommodate up to 25 for training and meeting purposes.

 

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Heavyweight aggregate, mortarless block equals lean radiation shield

NS-LKAB-150-ITargeting subatomic particle containment, engineers have turned to a modular concrete design for an accelerator research facility at Uppsala University, Sweden: precast blocks bearing MagnaDense, a high magnetite content aggregate derived from a deposit near the Arctic Circle.

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Utility structures help precast shipments outpace overall 2013 construction market

NS-Precast-150Reflecting input from more than 60 producers operating 200-plus plants, the National Precast Concrete Association’s recent Precast Industry Benchmarking Survey indicates 2013 shipments increased 5.2 percent over the prior year, to $16.2 billion—encompassing an estimated 33 million yd. of concrete output and 11 million tons of cement consumption.

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BeCo Concrete ‘bent’ on performance solution for IKEA landing

NS-BeCo-150-1BeCo Concrete Products has wrapped up production and delivery of a nearly 300-piece Class III reinforced concrete pipe package: 1,080 feet of 144-in. diameter combined sewer sections, including 16 bends, and 1,192 feet of 66-in. diameter storm sewer sections, with 12 bends and six tees. The installation will anchor drainage infrastructure at IKEA St. Louis, a 380,000-sq.-ft., three-level store with 1,300 parking spaces.

 

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Ready mixed producers confirm positive market outlook

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s premier Producer Confidence Index, based on results of a 75-member survey, indicates favorable sentiments on current economic conditions and positive view of future business prospects. The survey uses 2006, the best year for ready mixed concrete production and financial performance on record, as a baseline for a 100-point positive Index.

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