Know your cement, get greener concrete

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An international team of scientists has created a new database of molecular dynamics models that simulate the properties of cement in all its varieties. It’s intended to help fine-tune this component of concrete and curtail emissions in its manufacturing process.

Connecting blighted Great Lakes cities to boost economy

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The Great Lakes connect many blighted cities in a network that could supply recycled building materials.

Once a hub for building cities, Muskegon could become one for taking them apart

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Muskegon once was called the “Lumber Queen of the World.”  It has been called “the Port City” and the “Riviera of the Midwest.”

Now, city officials hope to add “Deconstruction Hub of the Great Lakes” to the city’s titles.

New ASTM standard on recycling concrete helps boost sustainable construction

Read the full story in Aggregates Manager.

According to ASTM International, its new standard on recycling returned fresh concrete, C1798, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, will help manufacturing plants better support sustainable construction practices. Developed by ASTM’s C09 committee on concrete, the new standard covers process, verification, and record-keeping procedures for concrete recycling.

Carpet groups extend stewardship program

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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE ) are extending the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program that has been designed to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet divert material from landfills. After having supported the program in 2015 and 2016, the extension will provide funding through 2017.

Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology

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This report is the first publication of a multi-year project for guiding and supporting the Engineering & Construction (E&C) industry during its current transformation. The report describes the industry’s present state, assesses relevant global trends and their impact on the industry, and devises an industry-transformation framework with key areas for development and action. It also features many best practices and case studies of innovative approaches or solutions, and offers a view — at different levels, such as at the company-, industry- and sector-level — of how the future of construction might look.