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NRMCA Announces Winners of 2020 Excellence in Quality Awards

NRMCA Announces Winners of 2020 Excellence in Quality Awards

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has announced the winners of its 2020 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Awards. Winning producers have demonstrated that they followed and exceeded quality management principles over a broad range of activities....

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Concrete Credentials, a new podcast hosted by NRMCA Executive Vice President Gregg Lewis, AIA, LEED AP

Concrete Credentials: Why We Pave With Concrete

All aspects of pavement engineering, including the applications and use of ready-mixed concrete for streets, local roads and parking areas, including conventional concrete, concrete overlays, roller compacted concrete, and pervious concrete....

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Figure 3: Hours to Reach Equilibrium

Lab Notes: Thermal Performance of ICF Walls

ICF structures require less overall energy to heat or cool, and the longer time required to reach steady state “flattens the temperature curve” delivering safety, comfort and less cost to the end user....

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Concrete Construction

Concrete Innovations

Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world. New innovative concrete products and manufacturing methods include self-cleaning, bendable, cementless and self-consolidating concrete. ...

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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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