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Coal ash recycling reaches record rate as production, use patterns shift

Sources: American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP Staff

Sixty-four percent of the coal ash produced during 2017 was recycled, establishing a new record rate and marking the third consecutive year that more than half of such material produced in the United States was beneficially used rather than disposed.

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PCA tames projections for 2019, 2020 cement consumption gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The PCA Market Intelligence Group cement consumption forecast paints a limited growth pattern from 2017 levels, with this year trending a 2.9 percent gain, followed by 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent bumps in 2019-2020.

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Injury, illness survey shows 10K cases in concrete, cement production

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; CP staff

New Bureau of Labor Statistics data and estimates show private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, down nearly 46,000 cases from the prior year and equating to a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. 

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ICPI rolls out workforce program to combat contractor, installer labor shortage

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly,Va.

Expedited by the Board of Directors, ICPI has launched a workforce development program in response to wide-spread contractor needs for new and better skilled employees. It includes a new Hardscape Installer/Contractor Career Path, in partnership with the National Concrete Masonry Association, that aligns the two groups’ certifications and education courses in a clear, achievable process for those entering the industry.

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2018 International Green Code: Adoption expedited, standardization eased

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and ASHRAE have released the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), citing its potential to help state or local governments streamline code development, adoption and enforcement, and improve industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings and the ICC International Green Construction Code.

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