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Energy, commercial sectors spur mid-sized contractors’ 2015 optimism

Sources: GE Capital, Americas; CP staff

Surveying construction executives of firms ranging from $10 million–$1 billion in annual revenue, equipment finance giant GE Capital finds 75 percent of respondents “extremely” or “somewhat” confident in their local economies, and 65 percent indicating the same for the U.S. Respondents see energy-related construction the strongest sector in the next 12 months, followed by office, transportation and residential.

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NRMCA, ABC challenge EPA Clean Power Plan claims, costs, feasibility

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Associated Builder & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As the public comment period closed for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” rule, NRMCA and Associated Builders & Contractors joined a host of business interests raising concerns of the proposal’s effect on power costs and limited benefits, especially on claims of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.

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ICC adds cost justification, cloud collaboration to code development

Source: International Code Council, Country Club Hills, Ill.

Leading to the 2018 International Building Code and International Residential Code, the 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle will be the first full interval to use cdpACCESS, ICC’s cloud-based system for code change proposals and public comment submittals, floor modification submissions and online voting.

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Superior Concrete goes ballistic in precast fence, site barrier engineering

Sources: Superior Concrete Products, Euless, Texas; CP staff

Branded Superior Ballistics, a new reinforcing feature doubles the strength of Superior Concrete Products (SCP) fence and barrier panels, making them impervious to close-range fire from high caliber ammunition.

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Major utility solicits profile of fly ash, other reused coal combustion products

Sources: Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff

Duke Energy will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) December 12 for a study of ways to beneficially reuse coal ash, plus analysis of current and emerging technologies. It encourages industry specialists, academic institutions, research organizations and those with coal ash expertise to register to receive the RFP by submitting organization names and contacts, phone number and email address to CoalAshReuse@duke-energy.com.

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