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MBMA chooses grant award recipients for trial post-secondary course

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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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CEMCO Launches new Spec-Creator

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CEMCO’s new Spec-Creator is a simple, efficient, and effective productivity tool for customers to create custom submittal packages online. Developed after years of intensive market research to uncover what customers want and need, this new feature at www.cemcosteel.com is now available.

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Global cement consumption on the rise, reports PCA

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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

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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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CSI endorses AIA’s design-build documents

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) contract documents pertaining to the design-build project delivery method have been endorsed by CSI. Photo © BigStockPhoto

CSI has endorsed the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) design-build documents. The standard agreements speak to the method of project delivery integrating the relationship between contractors and designers in an attempt to streamline collaboration and teamwork.

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