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Buildings

With LEED v4 starting to be discovered in building construction documents and specifications, material suppliers are investing in environmental product declarations (EPD). One such material supplier is NRMCA Producer member Graniterock, which now can offer an EPD for aggregate products in addition to ready mixed concrete product EPDs.

Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission has adopted energy-efficient building standards that will require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. The standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 gas-fueled cars off the road.

Important - Time Sensitive - Must Read: NRMCA is updating the Product Category Rule (PCR) for concrete and is seeking comments from stakeholders, including concrete producers and product suppliers. Product Category Rules (PCR) define the criteria for producing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). PCRs have a shelf life of five years and the current PCR is expiring in 2018. Over the past 18 months, NRMCA, in collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and key industry participants, has revised the PCR to meet changes in international standards.

NRMCA members are urged to tell the International Code Council (ICC) to vote no on mass timber proposals that threaten public safety. This is an extremely critical issue and NRMCA needs your help in providing a public comment for Disapproval on G108-18, a proposal that would allow Cross Laminated Timber to be used in up to 18-story buildings in the International Building Code.

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Government Affairs

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling last week that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to support unions underscores the importance of the Senate confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to promote union interests at the expense of employees’ and employers’ rights.

Association & Industry News

The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in April 2018 is 30.2 million cubic yards, 9% higher than that in April 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2018 through April is 100 million cubic yards, 2.6% higher than that during the same period in 2017.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. More detail is available for NRMCA members here.

BASYS Processing is the newest NRMCA associate member to offer NRMCA members payment processing services. As part of a growing list of associate members becoming Member to Member (M2M) Benefits Program participants, BASYS designs payment processing solutions while offering up to 40% savings.

Click here to learn more or contact Jacques Jenkins at 240-485-1165 or jjenkins@nrmca.org.

   Euclid Chemical Company       Naylor Association Solutions    
Pavement

Working with the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Western Market Committee chaired by Holly Martin of United Companies (a CRH and NRMCA Producer member), NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem provided a lunchtime seminar on the proper design and construction of concrete trails. The seminar was attended by representatives of United Companies, Whitewater Building Materials, City of Grand Junction, Mesa County and several concrete contractors. Trail construction is an important concrete market in Colorado, as projects can be funded through proceeds from the Colorado Lottery. Clem also visited with Mesa County engineers to review how best to repair an existing trail project.

For more information, contact Don Clem at dclem@nrmca.org.

   BASF Construction Chemicals       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
SEO

Late last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Pruitt’s resignation comes after months of numerous scandals questioning his management style, spending habits and using his position for personal gain.

NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safety work practices gives to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry as a whole.

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Engineering

The following is a summary of activity at the ASTM meeting in June 2018 of Committees C09 on Concrete and C01 on Cement attended by NRMCA staff in San Diego.

   Mack Trucks, Inc.       Ryder Fuel Services    
Calendar

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

August 21, Birmingham, AL | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Gulf Coast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

August 27 – 29, Silver Spring, MD
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

Summer/Fall, Cheyenne/Casper, WY | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

September 6, Phoenix | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Southwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Uncasville, CT | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northeast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Kansas City, KS | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, South Central Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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

October 9 – 12, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 16 – 18, Glendora, CA
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 17, Las Vegas, NV | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

October 30, Lansing, MI | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

 

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

November 5 – 9, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Short Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

November 27 – 29, 2018, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 4 – 6, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

2019

January 8 - 10, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 15 – 17, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: Accounting, Finance, Business Law
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 15 – 18, Tucson, AZ
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 22 – 24, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

February 19 – 22, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

March 19 – 21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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