Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Greenest Buildings in America

Most experts agree that a LEED Platinum certification or the equivalent is the standard for sustainable designs that clearly identify the best energy and water efficient buildings.  Other systems for rating green building are Green Star in Australia, DGNB in … Continue reading

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What is LEED?

LEED is a nationally recognized organization that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  It was started in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The purpose of LEED is to provide third-party guidelines for the building industry … Continue reading

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Tallest Buildings in the U.S.

A debate has recently started over whether the new World Trade Center, at 1,776 feet, will become our nation’s tallest building.  Apparently the controversy stems from a design change in the 408’ communication needle that sits atop the tower.  Without … Continue reading

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Some of the Largest Concrete Pours

Conco’s regional office in Washington completed a 2,880 cubic yard mat pour using 275 tons of rebar for The Martin, a 24-story luxury apartment tower for general contractor Exxel Pacific.  The Martin is located in Seattle’s downtown area known as … Continue reading

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How is Concrete Recycled?

Concrete is used in many countless applications and is the most widely used man-made material in the world.  Even after the many decades it serves as a building or as a part of a highway, the concrete is easily recycled.  … Continue reading

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Why Concrete Cracks

It is a fact that concrete is the best and most widely used building material.  It is far more durable that wood or asphalt and generally requires a lot less maintenance during its lifespan than other types of material.  While … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Parking Lots

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest parking lot serves the world’s largest shopping and entertainment center.  It is located at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada.  The parking lot was built to hold 20,000 cars, and believe … Continue reading

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