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  • Questions Raised -- And Answered -- On PCA's Code For Sustainable Buildings

    PCA’s efforts to promote a sample ordinance for sustainability in high-performance buildings have come under the gun, although some of the criticism appears to be clearly mischaracterized. An article this week on ENR.com notes that PCA’s proposal, High Performance Building Requirements for Sustainability 2.0 (HPBRS2), includes concepts found in most ...

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  • Chamber Creates Transportation Index, Calls On Congress to Pass New Bill

    The U. S. Chamber of Commerce last week introduced the Transportation Performance Index, which is a new statistical tool that rates the performance of the nation’s transportation infrastructure against the economy as a whole. The Index is composed of 21 indicators that measure transportation performance by availability, quality of service ...

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  • Market Intelligence Survey Shows Strong Growth For Soil-Cement/RCC

    PCA Market Intelligence has released summary results of the second quarter 2010 Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group. While several segments showed positive second quarter changes from a year ago, the soil-cement/RCC pavement segment continues to show a healthy and steady increase of 21.2 percent for the second quarter and ...

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  • Study: Poor Roads Cost Motorists $402 a Year

    A transportation research group this week reported that nearly a quarter of the country’s major urban roads are in substandard or poor condition and are costing the average motorist an extra $402 a year in vehicle operating costs.

    According to a report in USA Today, TRIP, a non-profit research ...

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  • Industry Mourns Death of ACI President Richard Stehly

    The cement industry is mourning the death of Richard D. Stehly, president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), who passed away suddenly on Saturday. Stehly was a member of ACI since 1980 and was elected president in March of this year.

    Stehly was a principal of American Engineering Testing Inc., ...

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  • PCA Awards Four Fellowships

    The PCA Education Foundation awarded four graduate students with educational fellowships at the association’s recent fall meeting in Chicago.The 2010 recipients are (listed by university, student, professor, research title):

    • Brigham Young University, Provo Utah, Bryan Wilson, Professor:  W. Spencer Guthrie, Correlation of Vacuum Saturation Testing to Traditional Freeze-Thaw Testing of ...

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  • Building Materials Continue Price Decline


    Prices for most building materials continued to fall during August, according to the Producer Price indices. The price of steel was down by 3.9 percent and lumber prices were down by 1.1 percent from July to August. Asphalt prices were down slightly by 0.3 percent and concrete prices were up ...

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  • ASCE To Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Hoover Dam

    Talk about durability. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Hoover Dam, which remains the highest concrete dam in the Western hemisphere. Among others, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is commemorating the anniversary of the 726-foot high structure, which it describes as one of America’s Seven ...

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  • Is Compromise Possible on Fly Ash?

    Hearings are continuing on the EPA’s proposal to regulate coal ash. There is a hearing today in Chicago and there was one on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Here’s an interesting item that was reported in a blog by Susan Stabley of the Charlotte Business Journal.

    One of the regulators on ...

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  • RCC Used For Service Plazas in Ohio

    Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) is being used for two new service plazas in Ohio, following a decision by the Ohio Turnpike Commission to consider other options in the face of continuing increases in the costs of asphalt. Work began on the more-than-140,000 square yards of RCC on August 1 and is ...

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