ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2020

The ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council has elected CECO Concrete Construction Vice President of North Operations Phil Diekemper as director for a term ending in 2022, and Euclid Admixtures Canada President and Euclid Chemical Inc. Vice President Claude Bedard as returning director. They join an SDC board comprising Chairman Charles Hanskat; Immediate Past Chairman Joseph Sanders; and, Directors Kirk Burns, Rodney Chiodo, Beverly Garnant, John Hausfeld, Carl Larosche, Brad Malmsten, Claudio Manissero, Charles Nmai and Glenn Schaefer.

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2019

The National Precast Concrete Association is promoting the inaugural Precast Days as an event where producer members can provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors, and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their operations. NPCA has set up a portal, www.precast.org/precastdays, through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. The NPCA Board has approved funding to provide national marketing support for the event, including an extensive campaign in business-to-business publications, along with promotion in social media channels.

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ORGANIZATIONS – APRIL 2019

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The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute elected new directors during its 2019 convention: Matt Ballain, Coreslab Structures; Jenny Frost, Wells Concrete; Harry Gleich, Metromont Corp.; Matt Graf, International Concrete Products; Chris Mosley, Consulting Engineers Group; Bob Pabst, High Concrete Group; Jay Stracener, Precast Erectors; and, Randy Wilson, Meridian Brick.

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COUNCIL HAMMERS BUILDING SAFETY MONTH THEME: “NO CODE. NO CONFIDENCE.”

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2018 International Green Code: Adoption expedited, standardization eased

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and ASHRAE have released the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), citing its potential to help state or local governments streamline code development, adoption and enforcement, and improve industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings and the ICC International Green Construction Code.

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Industry groups call out advocacy suppression at Code Council Conference

Sources: Build With Strength Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed Build With Strength coalition, along with allies the Portland Cement Association and Steel Framing Industry Association, are challenging International Code Council “advocacy guidelines” that restrict communications during the group’s Annual Conference, Public Comment Hearings and Expo, October 21-25 in Richmond, Va. The event is drawing particular interest from mid- to high-rise construction stakeholders, owing to a scheduled vote on a proposal essentially validating design of wood framed buildings taller than the International Building Code’s current five- to six-story threshold. 

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Building Safety Month theme: ‘Codes Save Lives’

Sources: International Code Council, Itasca, Ill.; CP staff

The authority overseeing the widely adopted International Building and International Residential Codes is ramping up promotion of the 38th annual Building Safety Month with an unmistakable message: “Building Codes Save Lives.” The ICC-led, international campaign is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May and raises awareness about building safety and the importance of current safety codes and code officials’ role in creating safe, sustainable structures that communities can rely on for generations.

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ACI broadens standards reach, concrete knowledge from the ICC to Gulf of Tonkin

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

An expanded ACI scope reflecting a proactive approach to global standards advocacy is embodied in a revised mission statement: “ACI develops, disseminates, and advances the adoption of consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses.”

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ASTM, ICC ES pool resources in PCR-, LCA-, EPD-centered consortium

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

Officials from ASTM, the (International Code Council) ICC Evaluation Service and Michigan-based NSF International have announced the first Program Operator Consortium, serving as an expert resource for creating product category rules (PCR), reviewing life cycle assessment (LCA) reports, plus verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPD).

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