Green Construction

People outside the industry laughed at me when I said I was spending the week in Vegas attending the World of Concrete. I can understand how that might sound a little funny but open your curious mind and it doesn’t take long to discover a wealth of innovation. While concrete may be a just dusty gray powder that gets hard when you mix it with water to the uninterested, there’s little you can’t do with it. To go along with the possibilities of concrete are a wealth of tools, techniques and products that improve your productivity and make the job a little less back-breaking.

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Let’s face it, smartphones, iPads and tablets are everywhere. We’re checking our email, getting the scores from last night’s games and listening to music on these devices. With the growth of cloud computing technology we’re also able to access our critical business data anywhere there’s an Internet connection. With all of these capabilities, we can’t overlook another key functionality – the applications, or ‘apps’ as the cool kids say.

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The combined words, “Green Construction,” are now a part of our everyday lexicon. Newly built residential homes raise their profile and their price simply by adding some “green” features – low-flush toilets, recycled wood, solar panels, radiant heating, etc.  Commercial buildings achieve the ultimate badge of green honor with builders/remodelers doing what it takes to have their projects called LEED certified. But what about road and bridge construction – is that going green too? Apparently so.

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It’s that time of year again. Trim the tree, pass the eggnog and oh yeah, let’s make 2011 predictions for the construction industry! Gather ‘round kids, the hot cocoa is ready and the story is better than it’s been in a long time. Here we go.

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