NLRB director delays U.S. Brick unit vote to decertify Teamsters local

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff The National Labor Relations Board Region 25 office has dismissed a U.S. Brick Holdings LLC employee’s petition for a vote among 30-plus production or fleet team members—all based at a Mooresville, Ind. plant and mine—to maintain or decertify Teamsters Local 135 as their collective bargaining representative. The petition was submitted five weeks after…

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Report gauges building codes’ impact on embodied carbon in project specs

Sources: New Buildings Institute, Portland, Ore.; CP staff The most recent New Buildings Institute (NBI) report offers language to incorporate embodied carbon requirements in codes, and explains the need for jurisdictions to address such criteria for materials or products with the highest carbon dioxide emissions factors. “Lifecycle GHG Impacts in Building Codes” presents potential CO2 benchmarks or thresholds for ready mixed…

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Construction coalition counters project labor agreement scheme

Sources: Associate Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Associated Builders and Contractors, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and 12 other industry organizations—collectively representing tens of thousands of companies and millions of employees—oppose a recent White House move to require government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) on federal or federally assisted construction contracts. “We…

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OSHA opens comment period for industrial truck standard revisions

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff An Occupational Safety and Health Administration Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines updates for design and construction requirements covering forklift and other industrial trucks running on internal combustion engine or electric power. A revised powered industrial truck standard for general industry and construction would reference applicable provisions of the most relevant national consensus…

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Rinker Materials’ Texas pipe plants suit Oldcastle Infrastructure

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff In a new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Forterra details an Asset Purchase Agreement to advance a merger with Quikrete Holdings Inc. The Agreement calls for the sale of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio concrete pipe production assets—presently held by Quikrete subsidiary Rinker Materials—to Oldcastle Infrastructure Inc. The proposed transaction anticipates…

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General Services Administration invites input on low-carbon concrete

Sources: General Services Administration; CP staff The agency overseeing much federal building development and construction has formally issued “Request for Information Regarding Concrete: Environmental Product Declarations and Low Embodied Carbon Products,” inviting EPD data and responses to a nine-point questionnaire at a dedicated portal. Over a two-week survey concluding March 1, the General Services Administration aims to gather information on concrete…

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Cummins previews fuel-agnostic internal combustion powertrain solutions

Sources: Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff Cummins will expand its powertrain platforms through development of the industry’s first fuel-agnostic engines, enabling on- and on/off-highway fleets to spec a range of low carbon fuel types. New platforms set for 2024 rollout will feature versions of the manufacturer’s B-, L- and X-Series models derived from a common base engine. Components above…

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Modular concrete system hooks home builders

Sources: Hüga Technology, Córdoba, Argentina; CP staff A precast concrete building system specialist and technology licensor earned the Global Innovation Award at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. Hüga Technology promotes its modular construction method for home, school, hospital and retail projects, underscoring finished structures’ affordable and sustainable characteristics. The Argentina company cites North American installations and representation. — www.hugatechnology.com

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Veneer stone nails top Builders’ Show award criteria

Sources: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; Evolve Stone, Winchester, Va.; CP staff Evolve Stone Mortarless Series manufactured stone veneer, cast to enable installation with pneumatic nail guns, took Most Innovative Building Material and Best of Show honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ Best of IBS Awards program. Awards in eight categories are presented to International Builders’…

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过去NAHB主席挑战同行的劳动力strategies

Sources: Home Building Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff During an International Builders’ Show briefing earlier this month in Orlando, Home Builders Institute CEO Ed Brady dubbed the industry’s chronic labor shortage as a “long-term structural crisis” and issued a “call to action for an all hands and industry-wide effort to increase training, compensation, diversity and productivity.” “We need to take…

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