Green Building Materials report predicts concrete value up $11 billion by 2015

Demand for green building materials is projected to expand 13% annually to $71.1 billion in 2015, slightly outpacing the growth of building construction expenditures over that period as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of materials used. These and other trends are presented in Green Building Materials, a new study from Cleveland-based market researcher The Freedonia Group, which anticipates the largest value gain over the next five years will be from concrete products bearing  recycled content, such as fly ash and blast furnace slag.

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Lafarge emphasizes transportation, mobile equipment during Health & Safety Month

Each June, Lafarge North America facilities across the continent and at its sister company sites around the world celebrate Health & Safety Month, renewing the company's commitment to the health and safety of their employees, contractors, families and local communities with a month’s worth of awareness-raising activities and events. From healthy meals and fitness challenges to educational safety programs and demonstrations, Lafarge employees are immersed in the company’s overarching culture of safety and wellness.

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Holcim attributes price bump to energy, EPA-compliance costs

Holcim (US) Inc. of Waltham, Mass., announced cement price increases effective August 1, citing burgeoning energy and operating costs, plus outlays associated with anticipated environmental regulations covering mills and air pollution controls.

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White cement, slag mix doubles High Concrete panels' solar reflectance

Denver-based High Concrete Group has introduced a mix design that is said to significantly improve the heat reflectance of precast concrete surfaces, causing them to stay cooler by reversing the urban heat island effect. The mix imparts a solar reflective index (SRI) of 82 in finished products, nearly double that of the company’s conventional gray concrete mixes.

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