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    Reading from the Rear

     
  • The New Normal

     
  • Baseball, Apple Pie, and Hybrids?

    It's about time society caught up to us concrete folks. We've been touting green and sustainability for years, often to half-filled rooms of fellow believers.

     
  • Problem Clinic: Green Sources

    Q. We are interested in learning more on how to participate in the green building movement. We are particularly interested in finding out about any standards on products and systems. Where can we start?

     
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    Women to the Gunwales

    It's hard to measure just how much the National Concrete Canoe Competition has encouraged women to become a part of the concrete industry. But judging from this year's organizational charts submitted by the 22 teams that met last month in Seattle, women are more than spectators.

     
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    Defending Accidents

    It can be one of the toughest aspects of a fleet manager's job: What do you do when a driver does everything right, but still is found to be wrong?

     
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    ICFs From Coast to Coast

    Two recent projects demonstrate the versatility and growing use of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in solving construction challenges.

     
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    In Style with Tile

     
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    Help for Your Air

    Maintaining the target for entrained air in fresh concrete is like walking on a tightrope over a canyon on a windy day. You have the goal to arrive at the other side. And you know the path you have to take. But it's a difficult task keeping all the variables in balance, and the consequences of...

     
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    The Model Home

    Concrete producers can be proud that this year's unveiling of The New American Home reveals more than just a recently constructed display house. In fact, the official show home of National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 2007 International Building Show proves that concrete homes can be trendy.

     
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    Getting on Top of the Residential Market

    Roof tile production across the country is on the rise. And it's about time, since tile is the predominant roof covering material worldwide. According to the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI), the industry's marketing organization, tile roofing is a $603 million industry in the United States. Tile...

     
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    Working at Home in Style

    Either we've been extremely lucky in Tennessee, or it's fortunate that we are always just behind the curve. While I've read many articles reporting the new home construction bubble is bursting around the country, our market seems to be expanding.

     
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    Breaking Even

    he Break-Even Point is the point where expenses or costs equal revenues. Quite simply, it is the inflection point when a concrete business neither makes money nor losses money.

     
  • Spec Watch

    Several important ASTM standards affecting concrete producers have been updated. This list summarizes some committee announcements recently released.

     
  • Problem Clinic: Concrete on Ice

    Maintaining the temperature of concrete.

     
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    Dog Days of Diesel

    Diesel prices jumped significantly between the first and second quarters this year. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts prices will average more than $2.80 for the balance of 2007. These prices are 24 cents a gallon higher, on average, than its January forecast.

     
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    The Other Block

    After visiting bauma in Germany in April, I realize that there are many materials with which to build a structure. One item that caught my attention was the European material called calcium silicate, commonly called sand-lime block.

     
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    Surfing for Work

    Emporis, a Web-based information service in Darmstadt, Germany, tracks buildings over 10 stories tall in more than 50,000 cities worldwide from the planning stages through approval, construction, and completion. Through e-mail alerts or by checking the data online, producers can follow the building...

     
  • In the Mix News Brief: Taking the Deal

    The U.S Department of Justice told Cemex to sell 39 of its plants; Heidelberg and Hanson came to an agreement

     
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    Getting the Right Directions on the way home