Source: Texas Masonry Council, Houston
The Nolanville (Texas) City Council approved a Planning and Zoning Commission-recommended ordinance requiring masonry materials for 85 percent and 80 percent of new nonresidential and residential buildings’ front elevations, respectively, and 75 percent for side elevations in each category.
Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.
The American National Standards Institute’s accreditation of the NPCA Plant Certification, indicating the program is administered in accordance with international standards, represents what the association notes is a coveted stamp of approval.
Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.
Members of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, plus allied interests, are invited to join a new subcommittee supporting standards related to methodologies and metrics for assessing sustainability in hydraulic cement production and use.
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Launched late last month, the Georgia Tech-hosted National Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M) aims to include masonry materials and systems in BIM software for architecture, engineering, and construction. A first phase is scheduled to deliver by early 2013 a roadmap for bringing masonry into BIM.