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  • MIT Showcase: LaHood Calls for "Big Bold Vision"

    Kicking off the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub showcase event last week, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called for a "big bold vision" for infrastructure and transportation.

    "I believe that the time has come for America to say we need to be number one again, we need to fix ...

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  • Builder Sees Concrete Benefits with Wall System

    There’s a new technology being embraced by Meritage Homes that could be game changing for the concrete industry. The real estate development and home construction company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is building homes with the Hercuwall concrete wall system that are more energy efficient, healthier, and less prone to pests ...

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  • Cement Industry Honors 2013 Leaders in Environmental Excellence

    Five cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 12th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, presented by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine at PCA's Spring Meeting in Chicago, April 29, 2013.

    The awards honor individual ...

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  • PCA Extends Ad Program to State and Local Officials

    GoverningBeginning in April 2013, PCA is running its national paving advertising campaign in Governing magazine.

    The monthly publication reaches more than 80,000 state, county, and municipal government officials. The circulation by level of government consists of 38 percent city/town, 33 percent state, and 22 percent county.

    The move reflects PCA’s ...

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  • "How Concrete It Is"

    Song, dance, concrete, and a blowtorch. They all come together in a musical tribute to everyone's favorite building material by University of Illinois architecture student Klaudia Siczek.

     

     

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  • Street Smarts: Stiffer Pavements Can Reduce Fuel Use

    As we look for ways to improve gas mileage, we may want to consider what we're driving on rather than what we're driving in.

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that a pavement property called deflection could save more that $15 billion in annual fuel costs ...

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  • 'Deflated' Rolls Out MIT Study on Gas Mileage

    DeflatedPCA’ s current advertising campaign for concrete paving focuses on the work of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub on how pavement type affects the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks that use them.

    The MIT study cited in the ad shows that using stiffer pavements on the nation’s roads could reduce ...

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  • Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy

    As we continue to deal with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a bill now before Congress will help us take a common sense approach to rebuilding after a disaster.

    The Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2012 (H.R. 5839) provides an incentive for builders and contractors who use resilient ...

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  • Urge Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff and Preserve Jobs

    Contact your federal elected officials and urge them to take immediate action to avoid the pending “fiscal cliff,” a $500 billion hit to the U.S. economy due to take effect at year’s end, barring congressional action.

     As the construction industry attempts to recover from the steepest economic downturn since the ...

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  • "Fiscal Cliff" Could Derail Construction Growth

    Although PCA expects cement consumption to grow modestly in 2012 and 2013 (6.9 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively), there is high risk attached to the forecast if Congress fails to avert the “fiscal cliff," according to a report issued by PCA last week.

    Tax increases of $400 billion, coupled with $200 billion ...

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