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Precast foundation user takes top NAHB "Green Site" honor

Sources: Superior Walls of America, New Holland, Pa.; CP staff

Convening in Las Vegas for the International Builders' Show, the National Association of Home Builders presented its "Project of the Year Award for Green Site Development--Single-family Detached" to Clarence, N.Y.-based Natale Builders for Rivera Greens, a local subdivision whose 35 units bear on Superior Walls Xi precast foundations.

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Branscome Concrete, Essroc Cement find economy in radiation-ready, $30K/yd. mix

Sources: CP staff; Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Va.

Williamsburg, Va.-based Branscome Concrete and Essroc Cement Corp. have formulated high performance concretes poised to advance radiation shielding practice through vertical and horizontal members of optimized cross section and significantly lower weight than existing strategies.

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Internal materials sourcing backs LEED Gold for Lafarge NA headquarters

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Lafarge North America has attained LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certification at its recently occupied Chicago headquarters, the rating partly reflecting specification of internally procured product: reception area backdrop of Elburn, Ill.-quarried limestone, plus tile and countertops of Ductal ultra-high performance concrete.

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Housing rebound supports strong outlook for fiber cement products

Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland

Demand in the U.S. for fiber cement products is forecast to increase 8.5 percent annually through 2017 to 2.9 billion sq. ft. (valued at $2.2 billion), according to Fiber Cement, a new study from market researcher Freedonia Group.

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Bayshore Concrete commits to $4 million flagship plant, harbor investment

Sources: Office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe; CP staff

In conjunction with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bayshore Concrete Products has announced an upgrade of its Cape Charles headquarters operation, along with infrastructure improvements in the harbor connecting the site to the Chesapeake Bay.

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