Editor’s Note: With the news clips below, E-NEWS reinstitutes periodic summaries of concrete-related news to appear in this space. Look for more summaries in the coming weeks.
North Carolina – An October 6 article in The News & Observer of Raleigh published an opinion piece titled Stick-built Apartments Are a Rising Risk in the Triangle where the author asks why municipal leaders in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill region are “working with developers to cover our cities with dangerous, hastily constructed condos and apartment homes made out of sticks?” Read more.
Texas – The Fox affiliate in Dallas, KETK, broadcast an October 29 story concerning a North Texas builder who is constructing concrete homes capable of withstanding EF-5 winds because of “walls are made of concrete sandwiched between two layers of foam.” The story was aired a week after 11 confirmed tornadoes caused more than $277 million worth of damage the week before. Read more.
California – The Chico State Concrete Industry Management Department recently unveiled its new laboratory that features a student-designed machine that slices a concrete beam in half. An October 9 article by the Chico Enterprise-Record features a brief introduction to a video. Read more.
Toronto – During a seminar on carbon negative concrete, a California-based scientist said “concrete holds the greatest capability to sequester more carbon dioxide than any other avenue available.” The scientist, Brent Constantz, founder and CEO of Blue Planet Ltd., spoke at the 14th annual Green Building Festival held in Toronto in mid-October. The Daily Commercial News covered the event with an October 16 posting. Read more.