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32 EPD 150Vulcan Materials has published North America’s first self-declared Environmental Product Declaration for aggregates. The document provides data for four primarily concrete-grade fine and coarse aggregates, plus eight other grades best suited to base, drainage and asphalt from the producer’s Pleasanton, Calif., quarry.

 

Teamed under the North American Precast Concrete industry banner, the National Precast Concrete Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have published Environmental Product Declarations for Architectural and Insulated Wall Panels, Structural Precast Concrete and Underground Precast—each document affording architects, engineers, building owners, and other project stakeholders insight on manufactured-concrete environmental impacts.

28 ACC 150The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched www.BuildingWithChemistry.org to inform architects, specifiers, interior designers and other building and construction professionals about green building codes and standards; materials selection; and, the role of chemistry in developing innovative, sustainable solutions.

29 Report 150Dodge Data & Analytics’ World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, compiled from surveys tracking nearly 70 countries, finds global green building volume is doubling every three years. Authors see expansion continuing in the United States, Germany and United Kingdom, but emerging economies like Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa representing growth engines—their development activity trending two- to six-fold over current green building levels.

 

27 Velocrete 150Lightweight concrete additive developer Syntheon Inc., Pittsburgh, has formulated a dry mix for 30-minute set time and high early strength development characteristics affording form removal at 90 minutes. Announced at World of Concrete 2016, Velocrete sheds weight from architectural projects and is available in a variety of lightweight densities: 150, 120, 110, 100, 90, and 50 pcf. The material can be specially formulated for custom jobs at a two-pallet minimum order.