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More contractors and dealers attended the 10th Annual Hardscape North America (HNA) trade show than ever before. Attendance for the 2016 HNA, an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute event, and co-located GIE+EXPO jumped 11 percent over the prior year, with 10,500-plus landscape and hardscape professionals convening in late October at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of two primary documents for concrete industry professionals: ACI 301-16 Specifications for Structural Concrete, and the ACI Field Reference Manual. The former is a reference specification an architect or engineer can apply to any job involving structural concrete by citing it in the project specifications. Mandatory and optional requirements checklists assist design and engineering professionals in supplementing the provisions of this specification as required or needed by designating or specifying individual project requirements.

U.S. Green Building Council affiliate Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has unveiled SITES Accredited Professional. The new credential establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the practice. The SITES system is a comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes that aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design.

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.