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MBMA chooses grant award recipients for trial post-secondary course

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is providing faculty fellowships in hopes of creating a ‘capstone course’ at colleges and universities across the United States. In cooperation with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the awards are intended to expedite development of a model program partnering the metal building industry with undergraduate engineering and architectural faculty and students.

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Global cement consumption on the rise, reports PCA

A recent report by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) indicated cement consumption among developed economies increased by more than 9 million tons in 2014 and 2015. PCA predicts cement consumption will continue to grow throughout this year and into 2016, but at a slower rate than in the past. World cement consumption is expected to grow 2.2 percent this year, 3.7 percent next year, and remain near four percent in 2017–18.

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New research into P3s and building performance

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are collaborating to explore ways public-private partnerships (P3s) can be used to achieve high-performance buildings. The two groups are bringing together international experts on the utilization of P3 to address current government challenges and advance the achievement of high-performance building stock.

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