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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has adopted a resilience standard developed by the Minneapolis office of the Perkins + Will architecture firm. The RELi standard is a point-based system and includes many LEED-centric credits along with risk mitigation credits at the building and neighborhood scale. The intent is to provide greater adaptability and resilience to weather and natural disasters in the built environment as a compliment to the LEED green Building Rating System. The RELi Standard replaces the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits .

The USGBC is currently refining RELi to integrate the LEED pilot credits with RELi’s credits. A new Resilience Steering Committee has been created to make improvements chaired by Doug Pierce, the principal investigator for the RELi 1.0 standard and Senior Associate at Perkins+Will. Alex Wilson will be vice chair.

Like LEEDv4, the current standard has many credits that concrete contributes directly and indirectly: Safer Design for Extreme Weather, Wildfire + Seismic Events; Adaptive Design for Extreme Weather, Wildfire, Fire + Seismic Events; Passive Heating and Cooling; Use Regionally Sourced + Manufactured Materials and Products; Low-Emitting Materials; Acoustic Performance; Energy Optimization-Carbon Neutral, Net Zero; Heat-Island Reduction - Roof and Non-Roof.

Build with Strength, a coalition led by NRMCA that promotes concrete building systems through communications, project promotion, education and advocacy, can help leverage sustainable standards such as RELi to help place more concrete. Click here for more information or contact Tien Peng at tpeng@nrmca.org or 206-913-8535.

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Government Affairs

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 January 15 - 19, 2018, 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 Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Registration for NRMCA’s Spring 2018 Safety Course is now open; please note that this course is slated to sell out very soon. The course will take place April 10 - 12 in Orlando, FL. This 2.5-day course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance. It begins with why safety is so important and details the reasons why an effective safety program actually saves money through loss prevention and control. Participants learn about electrical safety, machine guarding, fall protection, hazard communication, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, firefighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts.

Workforce Development

NRMCA's brand new Workforce Development Committee will holds its first meeting at NRMCA’s Annual Convention on Saturday, March 3, from 2 -4 p.m. Please come to hear about its plans and anticipated direction while sharing your input. The committee’s goals are to address industry-wide recruitment and retention, and employment, labor, regulatory and legislative issues while continuing the work of the former Educational Activities Committee and OES-HR Task Group. It will also assume responsibility for NRMCA’s annual Compensation Survey. It is anticipated producers will participate by sending senior HR and training executives/directors/managers as standing committee members.

For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org or 240-505-7116.

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Engineering

Last week’s breakfast meeting organized by the Minnesota Concrete Council featured NRMCA Vice President, Technical Services, Karthik Obla as the invited speaker. He spoke on Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCA), covering code and standard requirements, performance of concrete containing RCA and measures that need to be adopted for effective use of RCA. He also discussed NRMCA research on RCA that was prepared from returned concrete at the concrete plant. The presentation was well received by an audience comprising of about 70 producers, contractors and architect/engineers.

For more information, contact Karthik Obla at 1-888-846-7622 or by e-mail, kobla@nrmca.org.

NRMCA in conjunction with the with the Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc. is presenting the one-day course, Improving Concrete Quality, intended for concrete producers, ingredient material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, on Thursday, March 15, in Atlanta.

Improved concrete quality can benefit all stakeholders in a concrete construction project. This course will answer some of the following questions:

  • How do you know if you have good quality? What should be your quality metric?
  • How to become more profitable through better quality?
  • What are all the key statistical calculations you need to know in concrete?
  • How to control the mixing water content in concrete?
  • How to deal with temperature and delivery time variations?
  • What is the most effective way to ensure that your materials ingredients are of good quality?
  • How to improve batching accuracy, mixing uniformity?
  • How to identify non-standard testing and curing? How to improve testing quality?
  • Tests a producer should do, internal audits and many more.

Course instructors are Kevin MacDonald, Ph.D., FACI, Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, and Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E. at NRMCA. Producers will learn readily implementable steps to manage variability and attain a more consistent product; ingredient suppliers will learn how material variation affects concrete variation; engineers will learn the opportunity for improving quality through specifications and testing lab professionals will learn to measure and improve testing quality. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will earn 8 professional development hours, a certificate of completion and credits toward NRMCA’s STEPS program.

Click here for more information.

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Calendar

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

February 5 – 9, Dallas Sold Out
Regional Technical Short Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

Tuesday, February 13, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Part 1
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

February 13, Nashville, TN
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Program
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-6670

Tuesday, February 20, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Part 2
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

February 20 – 22, Nashville, TN
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-6670

February 20 – 23, Albuquerque, NM
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

March 3 - 5, Houston
NRMCA's Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

   Ryder Fuel Services       Mack Trucks, Inc.    

March 15, Atlanta
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

March 27 – 29, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

March 27 – 30, Louisville, KY
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

April 10 – 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Safety Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

May 23, Bozeman, MT
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

September 29 – October 1, Metro Washington, DC
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

December 11 – 14, Austin, TX
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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