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CSA JOINS PCR, EPD PROGRAM OPERATOR CONSORTIUM

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Survey grasps carbon emissions concerns throughout real estate sector

From the Green Building Certification Inc., Washington, D.C. … An Amsterdam-based provider of property asset environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance data, GRESB released the results of its 2016 Real Estate, Developer and Debt assessments. New data show that real estate companies and funds are improving across all aspects of ESG performance, including reductions of 1.2 percent in energy consumption, 2 percent in greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 1 percent in water use. Real estate interests are also putting greater focus on occupant health and well-being.

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Construction economist assesses slowing private work stability

An Associated Builders & Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows seasonally adjusted, annualized spending of $687 billion in August, 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent lower than prior month and August 2015 levels, respectively. Four of the five largest nonresidential subsectors—power, highway and street, commercial and manufacturing—combined to fall 2.2 percent on a monthly basis in August 2016.

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Big Data mining advances safe mixer truck operation

San Diego-based Lytx Inc. is uniquely positioned to help concrete producers rethink fleet safety and risk prevention. The Big Data-minded firm has logged nearly two decades of video and voice captures, plus related information from 1,500 fleets running its DriveCam event recording and driver coaching platforms. Independent and large ready mixed producers among those fleets account for nearly 10,000 mixer trucks.

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LafargeHolcim, 3D printing specialist aim to commercialize structural elements

Through a partnership with French start-up XtreeE, a developer of large-scale 3D printing systems, LafargeHolcim Ltd. is eyeing commercialization of the first concrete structural element of its kind in Europe. Bringing the digital revolution to construction, the producer notes, 3D printing allows complex geometric structures to be created at a reasonable cost and with shorter production times compared to traditional fabrication. LafargeHolcim has initially pegged three 3D-printed concrete targets: high value-added architecture, affordable housing, and robotics-enabled, precast building element fabrication.

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