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Resilient buildings standard rises to LEED level

Sources: Perkins+Will, Chicago; CP staff

The U.S. Green Building Council formally adopted the Resilient Building and Design Standard, RELi, during the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. Paralleling USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design series, the standard is billed as a prescriptive roadmap to help architects, businesses, city planners, developers and governments design buildings, neighborhoods, and communities to better withstand natural disaster shocks and stressors.

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Sika bags contractor accounts with Butterfield Color acquisition

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff

The Swiss parent of Sika Corp. has closed on family-owned Butterfield Color Inc., a specialist in concrete coloring agents, sealers and pattern stamping tools. The Illinois-based business broadens decorative concrete market prospects Sika gained through last year’s acquisition of L.M. Scofield Co., the premier integral coloring agent and surface treatment brand.

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Mack, Western Star team with camera, radar device providers Lytx, 3rdEye

Sources: Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.; Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

Increasing emphasis on truck accident prevention, coupled with expedited, assembly stage installation of related equipment and devices, is driving safety device specialist and heavy-duty model manufacturer alliances.

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Ortiz Engineered Products arms Insteel for rebar substitution

Sources: CP staff; Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, N.C.

Insteel Wire Products Co. has acquired certain assets of Hazelton, Pa.-based Ortiz Engineered Products, Inc. (OEP), whose value engineering methods validate bar mats or welded wire as alternatives to conventional rebar. Such substitution can significantly reduce project cost and timeline in many concrete conditions, contends Insteel, which fabricates welded wire reinforcement at facilities in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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LafargeHolcim spotlights power-generating, solar film-faced UHPC cladding

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

A two-year collaboration between LafargeHolcim and Germany’s Heliatek GmbH has netted a photovoltaic concrete façade product capable of generating double the amount of energy typical of roof-based solar panel arrays. Unveiled at Batimat 2017 in Paris, it combines LafargeHolcim’s Ductal ultra-high performance concrete, suited to architectural applications in ½-in. or greater thickness; and, Heliatek’s flexible, ultra-light HeliaFilm, weighing 1 kilogram/square meter (2.2 lbs./10.75 sq. ft.).

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