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Cost index: Gulf Coast harbors strongest cement, concrete pricing supports

Source: IHS Inc., El Segundo, Calif.

The latest IHS Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) finds cement and concrete markets well supplied nationally, but with pockets of tightness developing—none more so than along the Gulf Coast, where delivery issues and labor constraints are driving price increases.

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ASTM, Slag Cement group publish C989-suited Product Category Rules

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; Slag Cement Association (SCA), Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ASTM and SCA-developed Product Category Rules (PCR) will support customers seeking to issue an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for slag cement concrete or mortar, especially on green building projects where specifications stipulate or incentivize disclosure of raw material processing methods and chemical content.

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Technical, science-based discipline applied to LEED rating system

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; American Chemistry Council, New York; CP staff

A new U.S. Green Building Council and American Chemistry Council initiative aims to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program.

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Ozinga mixer amplifies Ice Bucket Challenge for mother & son team

Sources: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga RMC driver Joel Alford and his mother Barb, who works in the producer’s central dispatch office near southwest suburban Chicago headquarters, rose to the occasion when nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A decision to up the ante to a 1,200-gal. load of chilled water from Joel Alford’s rear discharge mixer garnered coverage from local and national news organizations, some stemming from a 90-second YouTube post.

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Utility structures help precast shipments outpace overall 2013 construction market

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Reflecting input from more than 60 producers operating 200-plus plants, the Precast Industry Benchmarking Survey indicates 2013 shipments increased 5.2 percent over the prior year, to $16.2 billion—encompassing an estimated 33 million yd. of concrete output and 11 million tons’ cement consumption.

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