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Lawmakers scrutinize building codes in wake of multi-story apartment conflagration

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Concrete industry stakeholders are tracking New Jersey officials’ response to a massive fire that destroyed more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a four-level, 408-unit apartment complex framed with lightweight wood trusses. Reportedly triggered by a plumbing crew’s welding torch, the mid-January blaze saw no loss of life and minor injuries, but displaced more than 1,000 residents of the development and neighboring properties.

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Decorative flooring practitioners approach quality standards

Source: Decorative Surface Solution (DSS) Group LLC, Livermore, Calif.

Flooring and polished concrete industry veterans have launched DSS Group to connect premier suppliers and contractors across channels of the hard surfaces market, which includes pourable overlays, epoxies, resins and terrazzo. While some of the technologies are well established, their use in the flooring industry is relatively young.

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New truck criteria accompanies revised NRMCA Plant Certification

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

A new NRMCA Plant Certification Check List, effective March 1, clarifies inspection and other requirements of its predecessor version. Truck certification, for one, will be valid for 12 months with credit given for those vehicles inspected in the last 60 days of the previous certification.

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