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Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Association & Industry News
Add your company name to the growing list of sponsors for NRMCA’s most exciting event of the year! The 11th Annual National Mixer Driver Championship is your opportunity to help the industry celebrate the hard-working men and women who make up the backbone of our industry. All sponsors will receive recognition in the official Championship Program, on signs throughout the venue and course, and from NRMCA leadership throughout the event. Sponsorships are on a first-come basis, so secure your sponsorship spot today.
 
Click here for a list of available opportunities available (please note that due to the special nature of this event, these opportunities are not included in the annual NRMCA sponsorship package). For more information, contact Jacques Jenkins at  240/485-1165 or by e-mail, jjenkins@nrmca.org.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently published an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for portland cement. The EPD is certified to conform to the Product Category Rule (PCR) for portland cement published by ASTM. In a growing green building market focusing on disclosure, the PCA industry-wide EPD adds to a growing collection of EPDs published by the concrete industry and its suppliers, which is by far leading the building products industry for product transparency. The PCA EPD is linked on the NRMCA Web site. Click here  to learn more.
 
As part of NRMCA’s Build with Strength campaign, NRMCA is helping position concrete and its members to participate in the growing green building market. According to McGraw Hill, 42% of multi-family homebuilders predict they will build the majority of their projects to green standards in 2018, up from 33% in 2015 and up from 12% in 2011.
 
If you have questions about NRMCA’s EPD program or the Build with Strength campaign, please contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org or 412-420-4138.
Despite concerns over the fire safety of tall wood buildings, several CLT (cross-laminated timber) buildings are underway in North America. Several fire experts and reports have recently been quoted in media articles expressing concerns over CLT connections and fire resistance claims here and here.
 
Research cites:
• "Firefighters will not be aware of the construction materials and methods used in the building; and will not be able to reliably predict the behavior of a fire starting in the building."
• "Claim of fire resistance should be accepted with reservation based on the enormous amount of heat released when a heavy timber building burns after it is ignited."
• "CLT element charring and separation from the assembly can result in increased charring rate and fire intensity."
• "Temperatures were significantly higher than standard time temperature curve according to EN-1363-1."

However, a new, dangerously tall 18-story timber-framed dormitory is under construction in British Columbia and will be the tallest mass wood hybrid building in the world. While the U.S. model codes currently limit wood construction to five stories, projects in New York and Oregon will be the first to see new high rises built with mass timber with code variances. 

NRMCA’s Build with Strength (BWS) campaign has built an advocacy network that will support our members in building codes, standards and rating systems at the state and local level. BWS  resources help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient construction, model legislation as well as offer free design assistance services to help developers move toward building better with concrete.
 
For more information, contact Tien Peng at tpeng@nrmca.org
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
The July 2016 issue of Concrete Capitol Connection is now available online. The issue includes updates on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the ready mixed concrete industry, including the OSHA Silica Rule, Court rulings on union elections and DOT rules on sleep apnea. Click here to read more.

Media articles on Congress, transportation infrastructure, regulation, taxes and other subjects, each of which relate to the ready mixed concrete industry, are updated each week by NRMCA's Government Affairs staff. To access the most recent compilation of articles for June 27 - July 1, 2016, please click here.

If you would like to receive this weekly updated link in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments about the roundup, contact NRMCA’s Jill Landry at jlandry@nrmca.org.

Buildings
NRMCA, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), and 37 other leaders of America’s design and construction industry released a report on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago.The Resilience Building Coalition also released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies. These include developing and advocating for codes and policies that advance resilience; developing "whole-systems resilient design" approaches for the built environment and providing guidance, beyond the baseline life-safety codes, that recognizes the importance of fortifying property for individual and community resilience. The report includes results from a survey of signatories about how their work has been impacted by the Building Industry Statement on Resilience.
 
The Coalition report, titled Preparing to Thrive: The Building Industry Statement on Resilience, is an outgrowth of a landmark agreement made in May 2014 in which leaders of America’s design and construction industry agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution for making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.
 
Build with Strength is a first-of-its-kind program for the concrete industry, designed not only to support our members, their businesses and the hard-working men and women of the concrete industry, but also to change the way people think about concrete construction versus direct competitors like soft-wood lumber. NRMCA has resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient and safer construction, including model legislation, talking points, public relations and other key strategies.
 
To learn more about how NRMCA can assist in state advocacy, please contact Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs John Loyer at 703-675-7603 or jloyer@nrmca.org.
Lehigh Hanson True Dispatch
OES
A very big thank you to the industry for participating in the annual driver survey. Now in its second year, NRMCA can begin to look for trends. The report will be released in September at ConcreteWorks. The survey represents approximately 29% of the industry mixer driver pool.
 
For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company McInnis USA, Inc. Xypex Chemical Corp
Calendar
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

September 18 - 20, Nashville, TN
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks 2016
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
September 26-28, Seattle
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 4 - 7, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 11, Webinar
Recruiting & Hiring Top Performing Ready Mix Sales Reps
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 7 - 11, Silver Spring, MD
Annual "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 29 - December 1, Orlando, FL
Environmental Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

December 6, Webinar 
Sales Performance Assessments and Reviews...for Ready Mix Sales Managers
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 6 - 8, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 13 - 16, Anaheim, CA
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
2017
 
January 17 - 19, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 24 - 26, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 21 - 23, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
Continental Mixers CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
Products & Services
The NRMCA July Internet Spotlight, which will be good through Tuesday, August 3, are all (25) NRMCA Safety Series titles. The Safety Series is a library of publications and training resources to help the ready mixed concrete industry meet their safety needs and comply with regulations on the federal level. The goal of each publication is to increase safety awareness while reducing injuries and violations. Each lesson comes with a prepared PowerPoint presentation, instructor’s guide and student training materials.

Order any of the 25 lesson titles online today and receive 20% off. Regular member price for these are $85, making this Internet Special $68, plus shipping. Please use discount code ISJULY16 to receive your discount.