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State Parks Taconic Region Headquarters awarded highest-level LEED Green Building Certification
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New York State Parks announced that its Taconic Regional Headquarters has been awarded Platinum-level LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The adapted school building is the first public building in New York State to win LEED Platinum for new construction or major renovation projects - the highest level of certification for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Industry News

Burnsville, Minn.'s sustainability plan is saving the city money
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In the two years since Burnsville, Minn., adopted its 105-page sustainability plan, progress has been made toward reducing the city's carbon footprint and conserving resources. But the outcome that excites elected officials the most? Tens of thousands of dollars in savings. More

Elk Grove, Calif., staff envisions "rain garden" for City Hall
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Elk Grove, Calif., officials say they are ready to pursue a proposed "rain garden" plaza for City Hall after a design workshop was held March 1. This garden will be located on 0.9 acres of land on the southern end of City Hall on Laguna Springs Drive and across from Colton Park. More


Leaders in deep green sustainability standards
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Founded by Lance Sparling in 2003, Wakefield Home Builders has become a leading home builder on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Driven by strong company values and a commitment to its Deep Green™ building standards, Wakefield proves that it's possible to build sustainable homes on time and within budget. More


ICPI Committee teleconference call schedule
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The 2011 Annual Meeting is being held over the same dates as the ICON Expo, Con/AGG-CONExpo show and NCMA Annual Meeting. To accommodate members that exhibit at one or both of these shows and who also attend NCMA meetings, the ICPI Board of Directors approved a condensed meeting schedule. Committee meetings have been shortened to limit the time members are off the show floor. In order for committees to be able to get through their agendas, there will be a series of conference calls/webinars for each committee prior to the actual in-person meeting. You will receive an email which contains a link for you to access the online portion of the conference call. If you are an ICPI member and would like to join a Committee conference call, please send your email address to the appropriate staff liaison by 10 a.m. EST Friday March 11, 2011.


ICPI/ NCMA Call for 2012 Convention Education Topics
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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) are seeking input from members on education topics for the 2012 Education Program taking place at The Precast Show Featuring ICON EXPO, Feb. 28 - March 2, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Please submit topic suggestions to or to by Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The ICPI Expo/Convention Committee show education task group and the NCMA Education Subcommittee thanks you for submitting 2012 convention education program suggestions for its consideration.
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General News

Housing market predicted to stabilize and grow
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Housing starts in British Columbia, Canada are forecast to trend higher during the next two years, reaching their 10-year average in 2012, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) Housing Market Outlook published recently. Home starts, including single-detached homes and multiple-family homes, are projected to total 26,900 units in 2011 and 29,000 units in 2012. More

US construction spending falls on slump in commercial works
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Construction spending in the U.S. fell more than forecast in January, paced by the biggest slump in commercial projects in 17 years, showing the industry will continue to be a laggard in the economic recovery. More

Government News

House votes to help small businesses comply with health bill, but relief is held up
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The House voted overwhelmingly to repeal burdensome tax-reporting requirements that were imposed on small businesses to help pay for the expansion of health insurance coverage under the new health care law. More

Industry Calendar of Events

March 22-26, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

March 23-25, 2011
ICPI Annual Meeting
The Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas, NV

August 25-27, 2011
ICPI Summer Meeting
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

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