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CSHub at MIT develops hazard mitigation metric

The Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed Break Even Mitigation Percent (BEMP), a new tool to estimate the cost of weather hazards on a building. In a new research brief, “A break-even hazard mitigation metric,” CSHub staff finds that a $10 million non-engineered wood building is expected to face more than half a million dollars in hazard related damages over 50 years, while a $10 million engineered concrete building is expected to face only $165,000 over the same period.

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Artisans, allies gear up for decorative concrete demonstrations, exhibits

The Concrete Decor Show, September 25-29 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, will feature decorative concrete workshops and seminars by leading industry authorities, plus a three-day trade show with indoor or outdoor displays and demonstrations.

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Boral clads ICF-built Proud Green Home of Louisville

Boral USA recently provided 35,000-plus bricks from its Terre Haute, Ind., plant for The Proud Green Home of Louisville, part of the sustainable Norton Commons community in Kentucky’s largest city. Known as Su Verde (Italian for ‘About Green’), the deep green project was designed by architect Clive Pohl of Lexington, Ky.-based Pohl Rosa Pohl, and constructed by Louisville’s Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes.

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Superior Concrete arrives at tiny house exhibit, 200-sq.-ft. prototype in tow

Superior Concrete Tiny Houses, an affiliate of Superior Concrete Products, debuted its newest model during the 2016 Tiny House Jamboree last month in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Colorado Cool is a 200-sq.-ft., one-bedroom structure built on a rugged goose-neck trailer, giving tiny home enthusiasts the ability to relocate.

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U.S. Concrete burrows deeper into the Big Apple via Jenna, Kings deals

Texas-based U.S. Concrete, Inc. continues a New York City market roll up, closing last month on asset transactions involving Jenna Concrete Corp., Bronx, and Kings Ready Mix, Brooklyn. With two plants and 52-mixer fleet, Jenna Concrete has established a presence over 25 years, supplying ready mixed to commercial and residential building projects in its Bronx home base and the neighboring borough of Manhattan. Kings Ready Mix runs 60-plus mixers from four plants, and maintains a leading stake in non-union, low- and mid-rise building jobs across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

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