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Command Alkon extracts data riches from industry’s most confined space

A stainless steel probe measuring slump and temperature of ready mixed concrete in transit or at point of placement, along with precise volume of any post-pour material, anchors Command Alkon’s newest platform, COMMANDassurance, formally debuting at 2018 World of Concrete, Las Vegas.

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ACI recognizes excellence in concrete innovation

The American Concrete Institute honored 12 concrete projects at the 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards gala during the Institute’s convention in Anaheim, Calif. The overall winner was R•torso•C, a concrete minimalist residence in Tokyo. The Excellence in Concrete awards program was created to honor the visions of the most creative projects in the concrete industry, while providing a platform to recognize concrete innovation, technology, and excellence across the globe. In order to be eligible for participation in the Excellence Awards, projects needed to be winners at a local ACI Chapter level and submitted by that Chapter, or chosen by one of ACI’s International Partners.

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‘RELi’ resilient building standard rises to level of LEED rating system

The U.S. Green Building Council formally adopted the Resilient Building and Design Standard, RELi, during the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. Paralleling USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design series, the standard is billed as a prescriptive roadmap to help architects, businesses, city planners, developers and governments design buildings, neighborhoods and communities to better withstand natural disaster shocks and stressors.

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Green certification, standards forces align

Global testing and certification provider TÜV Rheinland has partnered with the international standards organization GIGA (Global Innovations Green Algorithms) in a new initiative to help construction designers and engineers build more sustainable buildings. Under a partnership announced last month at the 2017 Greenbuild in Boston, some content from TÜV Rheinland’s global Certipedia certificate database will feed into GIGA’s online material data hub, Origin, which highlights certified, environment-friendly building materials and products.

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NPCA calls for Sustainability Awards project, product entries

The National Precast Concrete Association is accepting 2018 Sustainability Awards submissions in two producer and two associate member categories, respectively: Best Project and Best Company/Plant; Best Product and Best Company/Plant. Each category will have one winner; other approved entries will receive honorable mention. Graphics profiling all entries will be prominently displayed at The Precast Show 2018, February 22-24 in Denver, and featured at www.precast.org and in upcoming NPCA periodicals.

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