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January 25, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • $26B upgrade to aging D.C. transit system proposed
    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority wants to build two rail tunnels as part of a $26 billion plan to upgrade the Washington, D.C., area's transit system over the next 30 years. The plan includes an overhaul of the system’s electrical grid, construction of pedestrian corridors and improvement of existing infrastructure. "Now is the time for the region -- with Metro in the lead -- to begin talking about projects that make the most sense for making long-term investments," Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said. The Washington Post (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • New concrete roof tile can endure strong hailstorms
    A new concrete roof tile can endure strong hailstorms, according to manufacturer Boral USA. The FM 4473 Class 4 Hail Resistant Roof Tile withstood a two-inch ice ball hurled at 70 miles per hour during a demonstration at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. The material costs about $100 per square. For most buildings, a structural inspection is strongly recommended to determine whether the structure can bear the load of a concrete tile roof. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Italcementi's white-concrete research lab in Italy earns LEED Platinum
    Italcementi's i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy, is one of the first buildings in the country to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Among its features are a "curtain wall of concrete louvers" and a facade made from the company's own product, white TX Active concrete, which breaks down pollutants when it reacts to ultraviolet rays and stays white because it has "self-cleaning properties." Inhabitat (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Real innovators welcome failed experiments
    The most innovative companies are great at experimenting and are able to learn even from trials and test runs that go horribly wrong, writes Tim Kastelle. "[T]here's no point in testing ideas ... if you don't learn from the ones that fail," he explains. Innovation For Growth blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • $50.5B Sandy aid bill awaits Senate vote
    Contractors and officials from New York, New Jersey and other states damaged by superstorm Sandy are awaiting a Senate vote on the $50.5 billion recovery aid bill passed by the House this month. "I'm hopeful ... the Senate will act expeditiously to move this [bill] along," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Passage of the bill would create construction jobs and begin the rebuilding process. Engineering News-Record (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice is available
    The 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP) contains 220 ACI committee standards and reports. The MCP is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available. It contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides and reports. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adhesive Anchor Installation online CEU program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program titled, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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