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Builders see housing start increases continuing in double-digit percentage range

Sources: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Job growth, rising consumer confidence, higher household formations and pent-up demand are helping to bring prospective home buyers back into the market. “A number of positive indicators provide solid evidence this will be a good year for housing and the economy,” affirmed NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe in Las Vegas, site of the 2016 International Builders’ Show.

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Besser teams with developer of ‘bio-enhanced concrete’ on production technology

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

Besser and Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete Tech Ltd. aim to develop a high production dry cast system in which proprietary additives and mix designs yield bio-enhanced concrete products. Research has demonstrated that concrete bearing ECOncrete’s mix technology can reduce the ecological footprint of urban and coastal infrastructure and mitigate climate change impacts.

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Oldcastle Architectural brings block, stone, bagged brands under Echelon umbrella

Sources: Oldcastle Architectural, Atlanta; CP staff

The leading player in concrete block and stone veneer has unveiled a brand to make its vast portfolio of masonry products and services easier to identify, select and order. Echelon Masonry will build on Oldcastle Architectural’s track record of continuous innovation in conventional or premium architectural block; unit color variety; lightweight or full depth veneer stone; high performance wall systems; and, products with advanced environmental or acoustical performance.

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EPA sees wastewater infrastructure investment needs north of $50 billion/year

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

A survey of current or target projects Environmental Protection Agency conducted with states and territories finds that $271 billion is needed over the next five years to maintain and improve the nation’s wastewater infrastructure. Investment areas include the pipes that carry wastewater to treatment plants, water treatment technology, and stormwater runoff management.

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Arcis agreement extends ultra-thin precast/prestressed to AltusGroup producers

Sources: AltusGroup, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff

AltusGroup partnership precast producers can now add to their licensed architectural or structural CarbonCast offerings a thin panel technology for cladding or exterior fascia applications; rainscreens and ventilated drainage components; interior décor elements; marine decking or planking; and, tactile ADA detectable warning panels.

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