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New recycling invention could reduce asbestos use
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Paijit Sangchai is the owner of Flexoresearch, a company based in Khlong Luang, Thailand, that has developed a series of blended enzymes that can recover pulp or fiber from laminated paper. This invention makes previously unrecyclable cigarette packs, stickers and milk cartons, recyclable. The planet now heaves a sigh of relief not only because the resulting pulp can be used to produce new paper products and clean plastic that can be recycled and used to produce new products, but also because it can be turned into building materials that can be used in place of asbestos. More



Construction employment rises in 20 states between October and November
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Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data recently released by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted. More

Pittsburg State University pursuing constructive demolition
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For nearly a year, Pittsburg State University's focus on sustainability has led to multiple efforts in making construction and renovation work as green as possible. Now, even the demolition on campus is beginning to focus on improving the environment. In November, crews began tearing down the decades-old East Campus Apartments, also known as married student housing. The apartments, which were obsolete and had not been in use for years, were razed to make room for future construction projects. More



Ferrous scrap gains value in December
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Scrap recyclers were able to garner additional dollars for their ferrous shipments in the December 2010 buying period, according to pricing survey data from the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) that is compiled by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), Pittsburgh. RMDAS figures for the first 20 days of December show No. 2 shredded scrap selling for an average of more than $400 per ton for the first time since August of 2008, although the average did hit $399 per ton in April 2010. More

National construction waste management strategy developing in Bulgaria, Europe
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The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water announced it is developing a project for a national construction and demolition waste management strategy. The strategy is to guarantee a 70 percent reduction of the construction and demolition waste volumes before 2020, which is the national target. More

US architecture billings highest since 2007
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The architecture billings index rose more than 3 points from October to a reading of 52 for November, marking only the second time this year the index has crossed the 50 mark, which indicates expansion. A separate index of new project inquiries dipped 0.3 to 61.4 in November. The billings index, by tracking demand for design services, is considered an indicator of construction activity nine to 12 months in the future, and is widely tracked by companies that generate sales from the construction sector. More

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New Toronto regime puts fair wage policy under review
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Construction stakeholders have mobilized to make their case for or against Toronto's "fair wage" policy as the city’s newly-elected mayor begins his term at city hall. During the recent municipal mayoral race, newly elected Mayor Rob Ford said he would review and remove Toronto's fair wage policy in order to help rein in spending, potentially saving the city millions of dollars. The benefits of the policy were debated to a degree during the campaign. Now, as Ford recently began his term, the future prospects of the policy are a reality for the city's construction industry. More

Rising commodity prices push November construction materials prices up 0.5 percent
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A weak construction environment is keeping prices for domestically priced construction materials stable to slightly lower but this is being more than offset by continuing gains in internationally priced commodities used in construction materials. The commodity price surge is coming from the resumption of economic growth in most industrial countries and the return to very rapid economic growth in developing countries. More
 
 
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