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Research sheds increasingly favorable light on design-build delivery

Sources: Design/Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.

New Design/Build Institute of America-backed research finds that the design-build (DB) method delivers projects faster and with greater cost and schedule performance than Construction Management at Risk (CMR) and traditional Design, Bid, Build (DBB) alternatives. 

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EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative: Cut NOx emissions, compliance red tape

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Through its just-announced Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI), EPA aims to further decrease nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from on-highway heavy-duty trucks and update a current engine exhaust standard in an early-2020 rulemaking. Set in 2001, the standard culminated in 2010 with a 0.2-gram brake-horsepower-hour NOx threshold for which engine manufacturers deployed selective catalytic reduction equipment and urea-based diesel exhaust fluid. 

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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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