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EPD workshop added to ASTM C09 meetings

“An Introduction to Product Category Rules (PCR), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials” will be held December 8 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville (Fla.) Riverfront, the host venue of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates standards development meetings.

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Construction giant Skanska rebukes LEED critics

Major heavy civil and general contractor Skanska USA resigned its U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership to protest the group’s support of the American High-Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC), which is lobbying federal lawmakers to limit government projects to green building rating systems developed with consensus-based standards.

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Atlas Block moves first on concrete masonry Environmental Product Declaration

Responding to architectural/ engineering/construction interests’ increasing scrutiny of project specs and their environmental impacts, Atlas Block Co. Ltd., Midland, Ontario, has issued an Environmental Product Declaration—the first for a concrete masonry unit molded in North America.

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Belgard molds Mega-Tandem Wall block

The Mega-Tandem Mass Retaining Wall (MRW) block offers a versatile system with the natural look of stone, plus size and mechanical features enabling construction of walls up to 15-ft. high and gravity walls up to 10 ft. without reinforcing.

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Oldcastle parent CRH sets chief executive transition

Albert Manifold, chief operating officer and board member for Dublin-based CRH Plc since January 2009, will become chief executive in January 2014, succeeding Myles Lee, who is retiring after 32 years with the company—the last five at the helm.

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