The time has come to evaluate 2017’s budget and plan for next year. While the future is never certain, we’ve compiled a few predictions you should consider as you create next year’s goals. 1. Interest in decorative concrete is on the rise As the economy grows and more millennials buy homes, low-maintenance features are … Continue reading Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know
We try to keep most of the posts on this site purely informative, but every once in a while, we have to break the rules. This has been a great year for Standley Batch. And there are two groups of people we are feeling especially thankful for this time of year. Thank you to our … Continue reading Why We’re Thankful at Standley Batch
At a glance, concrete isn’t great for the environment. Creating product in older concrete plants uses a lot of energy. And staple ingredients like Portland cement produce substantial CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process. In the long run, however, concrete can be better for the environment than alternatives. For one, it’s tough. Concrete withstands fire, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage
Coconut water and coconut oil are taking the world by storm. Health nuts claim coconut oil offers a variety of benefits over other oils. And coconut water is a good way to add potassium to any diet. Or maybe you’ve heard of coco-biodiesel? No, it’s not a chocolatey cereal. Coco-biodiesel creators assert the fuel … Continue reading Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?
Portland Cement and Fly Ash There’s no way around it. Producing ordinary Portland cement uses lots of energy and releases an exorbitant amount of carbon dioxide. As the industry moves toward measures that would be less harmful to the environment, Portland cement has continued to dominate. Certainly, Portland cement is a great binder, but in … Continue reading Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete Strength Tests
The public often believes concrete is simple. It’s water and gravel – adjust as needed. This information comes from weekend projects in the backyard, mixing a store-bought bag of aggregate in an unbalanced wheelbarrow. Water is an afterthought, crawling through a sunbaked hose until it's added to the mixture. While this gets the job done … Continue reading There Seems to be a Misunderstanding
There’s a lot of buzz around our region as our neighbors at Southeast Missouri State University gear up for the solar eclipse happening next week. Cape Girardeau will be in complete darkness at an unusual time: 20 minutes after 1 in the afternoon. Or when the moon will completely block out the sun. Even if … Continue reading It Came From Outer Space: Lunar Concrete