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Alliance profiles wood, four concrete tornado safe room building methods

Source: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Tallahassee, Fla.

Responding to increased interest in tornado safe rooms driven by National Weather Service-tracked patterns, plus recent, deadly events, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has released new videos highlighting five of the most common building solutions.

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Turner Construction tallies recycled material volumes on cloud platform

Sources: Turner Construction Co., New York; CP staff

The top gun in general contracting has deployed a real time, mobile device-ready tool, TurnerTracker, measuring the amount of demolition concrete and other site waste diverted from landfills. “[It] will help us monitor and report on our construction waste recycling in a much more streamlined and detailed way,” affirms Turner Construction Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Deane.

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Report links BIM adoption to increased jobsite safety, crew member focus

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; McGraw Hill Construction, New York

Thanks to increased use of Building Information Modeling technology, contractors are finding ways reduce overall schedules and onsite injuries, according to “Safety Management in the Construction Industry.” When incorporated in a project, the new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report finds, BIM helps increase crew members’ safety awareness by:

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Lafarge, Solidia move to commercialize low carbon concrete binder, curing methods

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

Paris-based Lafarge Group has reached a new milestone in its partnership with U.S. start-up Solidia Technologies, entering an agreement to commercialize technology allowing a significant reduction in the environmental footprint of precast concrete—through lower carbon dioxide emissions during cement production and CO2 gas utilization in product curing. The agreement affords Lafarge worldwide rights to the branded Solidia Cement and Concrete.

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VOC sealer-triggered blast nets injured bricklayer eight-figure verdict

Sources: Passen Law Group, Chicago; CP staff

A Cook County, Ill., jury has returned a $10,875,622 verdict against a concrete sealer manufacturer, and in favor of a plaintiff who was severely burned in a household explosion while using the company’s product on his basement floor.

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