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Victoria K. Sicaras
Washington, DC, Aug 28, 2013–Concrete Surfaces, published by Hanley Wood LLC, is pleased to announce the winners in its Third Annual Polished Concrete Awards.
Several projects from around the world were entered in eight different categories. Plus, more than 2,200 online visitors voted for their favorite project to win in the Readers’ Choice Category.
The categories were Commercial, Educational, Industrial, Craftsman, Retail, Institutional, Residential, and Countertop. In some categories, judgesRead More
Bill Palmer / Editorial Director, Commercial Construction Group / July 30, 2013
The newly named ASCC Concrete Executive Leadership Forum (formerly the CEO Forum) in Palm Beach, Fla., in July was another great opportunity to network with new and old friends in the concrete construction business. One of the highlights of this meeting is the contractor roundtables, where a random group of contractors gets together to discuss an issue of interest. One of the roundtables in which I participated took on a topic near and dear to every contractor’s heart: margins—whether they have come back and how to get them a bit higher.
The consensus was that business is better but theRead More
Nathan / Clean Technica / March 19, 2013
A new form of concrete, stronger and with a lower carbon footprint, has been created by researchers utilizing some of the waste products of biofuel production. Concrete is an extremely widely-used material, and because of this has a rather significant carbon footprint, accounting for between 3-8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The development of a concrete with a much lower carbon footprint could be significant.
“The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement,” said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral studentRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / March 4, 2013
For the past several years, academies and laboratories have been trying to figure out how to reduce the damage to buildings caused by cracks in concrete.
There have been numerous approaches to this problem, including a form of concrete, developed in 2009 by the University of Michigan’s Advanced Civil Engineering-Materials Research Lab, which uses microfibers that allow the concrete to bend. The dry concrete absorbs moisture from the air and softens to fill tiny cracks (no wider than 150 micrometers) with calcium carbonate material.
In 2010, a student at the University of Rhode Island embeddedRead More