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PCA Thinks "Sustainable"

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently introduced its Cement Manufacturing Sustainability (CMS) program at the 2004 national convention of the American Institute of Architects in Chicago. The CMS program is the cornerstone of a PCA initiative called "Concrete Thinking for a Sustainable World," an environmental guideline for the industry.

"Despite its superior long-term benefits, concrete's environmental benefits are often undervalued," asserted David Shepherd, PCA director of sustainable development. "This initiative is consistent with the industry's longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship."

Shepherd noted that federal, state and local governments are providing incentives to construct green buildings, and that the building, design and construction industries must place an additional focus on long-lasting, energy-wise structures. "The industry needs to demonstrate why and how concrete is a responsible choice to meet these needs," Shepherd added.

According to the PCA, since 1975 the cement industry has reduced its energy usage in manufacturing by 33 percent. PCA seeks to further minimize emissions and waste and use energy efficiently in manufacturing. The association plans to conduct environmentally-focused technical training seminars across the country in this regard.

New BrickLedge Bracket

Durand Forms, Inc., introduces its breakthrough BrickLedge Bracket as one of the accessories for the residential and commercial construction industries. This innovative bracket will allow contractors to form a brick ledge without using Styrofoam, lumber, treated cardboard, plastic or other costly, labor intensive materials. The BrickLedge Bracket is particularly well suited for applications involving hilly terrain where a large brick exposure on the basement foundation is required. Users can specify hole pattern and panel type, including smooth, vertical or textured brick.

"We developed this product to make formation of a brick ledge easier and more efficient for our customers," said Philip Fearnow, vice president of sales and marketing at Durand Forms, manufacturer of quality aluminum wall forming systems and accessories. These systems are for use by residential and commercial contractors and are available through a network of distribution partners.

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Bits and Pieces

Brickbits are recycled remnants for groundcover and paths.

Castaic Brick, which has been making clay brick products since 1950, has introduced Rustic Cobbled Brick (for walls and floors) and Brickbits (for groundcover and paths), both created by recycling remnant pieces of its manufactured common brick, then tumbling them to smooth edges. The material used is 11/8 inches thick, and can be used in various projects including the remodeling of backyard or patio walkways, gardens, or fireplaces. Brickbits are created in a similar fashion by taking broken pieces of bricks and crushing them into smaller pieces. No two pieces are alike.


Brick Bits

7,700 – Number of bricks used on the four-way intersection of a street in downtown Moline, Ill.

2,885 – Square footage of the
intersection noted above.

Source: Shive-Hattery landscape architects

5,000 – Number of brick pavers salvaged from a building remodeling project at the University of Michigan. The pavers were discovered under concrete slabs used in the old building's courtyard.

Source: University of Michigan.

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