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Can the Concrete Jungle Sink CO2?

Can the Concrete Jungle Sink CO2?*

The goal is to incentivize suppliers to measure how much CO2 their mixes emit, with the goal of accelerating the development of affordable, carbon-sinking concrete options....

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Quality of roads affect (1) Safety, (2) Traffic, (3) Comfort of driving, (4) Fuel consumption and (5) Quality of air. Therefore, maintaining roadway networks in their top condition is in the best interest of our society.

The Carbin App: Crowdsourcing Road-Quality Info

Smoother roads last longer. Driving on smoother roads requires less fuel. It is not easy to access government data on road conditions. This has led to a new smartphone app: Carbin”, a crowd-sourced tool that is collecting information about the condition of the world’s highways and roads. ...

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“Concrete connoisseurs awarded the annual Pritzker Prize, architecture's most prestigious honor for Peru's Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC). Conceived as a concrete cliff, the structure is massive, but the architects focus on natural light and ventilation makes it airy and pleasant

Grafton Architects’ Concrete Connoisseurs Win 2020 Pritzker Prize

“Concrete connoisseurs” Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Ireland's Grafton Architects, were awarded his week with the annual Pritzker Prize, architecture's most prestigious honor for Peru's Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC). Conceived as a concrete cliff, the structure is massive, ...

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Streets in Shoreview, Minnesota, have been repaved with permeable pavement. Typically used to manage stormwater runoff, permeable pavement is proving to be a useful technique for eliminating the use of road salt. (Courtesy City of Shoreview)

Road Salt is Cheap to Purchase, But Hidden Costs Abound

Road salt is cheap to purchase, but communities often pay a big price down the road. Once chloride-based road salt gets into the water table, lakes and streams, it cannot be removed. It is also toxic to fish and other animals and is corrosive to cars and infrastructure. ...

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UHPC – another concrete innovation that could be a game changer when it comes to repairing aging infrastructure in the U.S.

UHPC – Ultra-High Performance Concrete — Another Concrete Innovation

UHPC could be a game changer when it comes to repairing aging infrastructure in the U.S. Embedded with steel fibers, ultra-high performance concrete is about 5 to 10 times stronger than standard concrete, but the current cost makes it out of reach for most government projects. This could change......

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Net Zero Building

The Pathway to Net Zero Carbon Buildings

Innovation requires collaboration, and that is what Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and other partners are doing as they work to create lower- and even negative-carbon concrete solutions. ...

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Pervious Concrete Helps Check Global Warming

Pervious Concrete Can Help Check Global Warming & Help Recharge Groundwater

Questions or concerns about 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲? Some of the points to consider: • Pervious concrete can help check global warming • Pervious concrete can help reduce ambient temperatures around • Can recharge groundwater • Cheaper than conventional concrete ...

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Pervious concrete used in agricultural structure

Pervious Gravel Paving Part of Award-Winning Agricultural Design

The agricultural equipment storage structure is completely self-sufficient. Innovative materials were used – “including 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗽𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 for all open vehicle storage bays and livestock pens, maximizing the amount of rainwater that is filtered back through the the soil... ...

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Improved section of HWY 99 features new sidewalk made with pervious concrete that allows rain to drain through the pavement

Group celebrates completion of Highway 99 sidewalk section

A community group has been advocating to improve their little stretch of Highway 99 by adding safe sidewalks and bike lanes. They celebrated when their section was completed. The new sidewalks are made with pervious concrete that allows rain to drain through the pavement....

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Heidelberg pledges to create carbon neutral concrete by 2050

Carbon Neutral Concrete Pledge

A year-end article in the Harvard Business Review named German cement company Heidelberg’s pledge to create carbon neutral concrete by 2050 as one of the Top Sustainability Stories of 2019... a first for the industry....

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2019: Utah Economic Summary

Utah 2019: The Year in Review

Numbers don’t lie. Employment: UP Housing prices: UP (9.2% vs. 4.2% nationally) Personal income: UP Per capita income: UP Construction job: UP 9.1% Right now, we are building the Utah of the future. This is the time to build with strength....

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Architecture Club designs a new atelier for artist Monika Sosnowska in Warsaw

Artist Monika Sosnowska loves concrete

Sosnowska frequently uses concrete in her art and her new atelier is a simple concrete volume created with a 5m by 12m concrete frame. The space is “Minimal and tidy, her voluminous concrete and glass studio lends itself to pure, undistracted experimentation.”...

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Wallace Neff with Concrete Bubble House

Wallace Neff’s Concrete Bubble Houses

Famed architect Wallace Neff spent his final days in a 1,000-square-foot concrete bubble house. He first designed these structures near the end of WW2, when the government was looking for low-cost solutions to the upcoming housing shortage. Read on for instructions on how to build your own!...

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Concrete Military Listening Devices Inspire Concrete Lamps

Concrete “listening ears” were replaced by radar, but they left an impact on designers. Matali Crasset, the artistic director of French concrete specialist Concrete by LCDA, has created a collection of concrete furniture, including a lamp shaped like the military listening devices. ...

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The namesake of one of the massive fires, the Getty Center, was built knowing that a fire of this magnitude was a serious possibility. Architect Richard Meier designed the complex to be fire and earthquake safe, with thick travertine stone on the outside, crushed stone on the roofs, and 𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲.

The Getty Center: Built with Strength

Devastating fires in California continue to burn. The namesake of one of the massive fires, the Getty Center, was built knowing that a fire of this magnitude was a serious possibility. Richard Meier designed it to be fire and earthquake safe with 𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀......

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A helicopter drops water on the Getty Fire

“Concrete homes tended to survive.”

The Getty Fire rages on. Neighborhoods are evacuated. Homes are destroyed. Firefighters “…make some tough decisions on which houses they were able to protect. Concrete homes tended to survive.”...

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Multifamily Owner Opens One of Maryland’s Safest Mixed-Use Buildings

Built with ICFs, this complex is certified with the National Green Building Standard with the Emerald certification and is considered 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 “𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒆𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒕” in Stevensville, Maryland....

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Inspired by an episode of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

We recently stumbled upon the website “Trees Full of Money” and their outstanding article on ICF construction inspired by an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. This is a great article to share with contacts who have questions re ICF, as they describe the product, process & benefits. ...

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