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Real estate data miner: Concrete furnishings top outdoor décor trends

Concrete coffee tables, cast from conventional or resin-bound mixes, along with teak furniture and bright, aquamarine colors factor prominently in summer 2016 outdoor living, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast. The report combines data from a survey of design experts and an analysis of popular photos on the Zillow Digs site.

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Dayton Superior tools next generation panel-to-structure connection

Engineered to economize connection of precast wall panels to the building framework, the P39 Corewall Generation III Precast Insert is available in 2.5-, 3.5- or 4.5-in. depths and standard 6-in. lengths. It can be used without rebar; with two horizontal bars if increased load capacity is required; or, with two horizontal bars and additional bent bar if the inserts are installed close to panel edges or corners.

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Sustainability watchdog sets concrete production water accounting standards

The Cement Sustainability Initiative has capped a two-year effort to formalize accounting of water consumption and recycling in cement, concrete and aggregate production. The new 34-page Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting builds on Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry (2014) and Water Key Performance Indicators (2015).

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EPD, EMS, recycling metrics populate LafargeHolcim sustainability plan

Looking beyond rationalized cement capacity with integrated concrete and aggregate production assets, LafargeHolcim Ltd. aims to make its mark in the global construction supply chain as part of a new sustainability initiative, The 2030 Plan.

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Officials give high strength rebar the green light in congested Big Apple

The New York City Buildings Department now recognizes structural designs using high strength Grade 100 concrete reinforcing steels. Through issuance of Buildings Bulletin 2015-036, Irvine, Calif.-based MMFX Steel Corp. of America notes, the city accepts designs employing the 100,000-psi yield strength of ASTM A1035/A1035M-15 rebar. The document clears the way for MMFX high strength ChrõmX rebar in a market ushering a wave of active or proposed tower projects whose slender profiles invite reinforced concrete design—owing especially to stiffness characteristics tempering sway.

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