ARRA spending decreased in November

According to a recently released Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence report, 60.6% of total American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funds have been dispersed through November, compared to 56.7% in October. November highway stimulus spending was $1.047 billion, an 11% decrease from October’s spending rate. Monthly spending levels in September were the highest level to date. Spending has averaged $1.256 billion in the last three months, down from the peak September average of $1.361 billion.

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Cemex carbon footprint tool paces sustainability curve

A tool under phased, global deployment enables Monterrey, Mexico-based Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., to measure greenhouse gas emissions tied to production and delivery of cement, ready mixed and aggregate products. A first of its kind in building materials, it assists customers calculating a project’s carbon footprint. Cemex will begin publishing product-specific carbon content in selected operations during 2011, with rollout schedule reflecting market requirements, and include related performance indicators in its annual Sustainable Development Report.

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Report Ranks Concrete Paths To Carbon Reduction In Cement-Based Products

Paving the Way to Cost, Energy, and Carbon Savings in the Concrete Industry, a new report from Boston-based Lux Research Inc., assesses an expanding range of options designed to make concrete greener through improved cement-production techniques, admixtures affording lower portland cement dosages, and supplementary cementitious materials, plus building energy efficiency and performance technologies.

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Lehigh Cement's Alabama plant celebrates new silo

The Lehigh Cement Co. plant in Leeds, Ala., celebrated in October the commissioning of its 20,000-metric ton, state-of-the-art, multi-compartment, environmentally friendly silo. The festivities began with presentations by company management about the construction and unique features of the silo.

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