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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute will participate in the National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange 2020 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. In addition to each group’s annual meetings, members are encouraged to attend the B2B Exchange and Marketplace events. Scheduled February 21-22, the former is a business-to-business meeting format that brings new opportunities with high impact 25-minute prearranged one-on-one discussions in reserved hotel rooms or suites between industry suppliers and producers. The Marketplace, February 21-23, is an intimate expo-type setting that consists of company displays on tabletops. Exhibits are limited to the display and description of materials, equipment or services used in the manufacture, marketing, sale or enhancement of manufactured concrete products as appropriate in the limited space.

A Charles Pankow Foundation grant will fund “Seismic Precast Concrete Wall and Frame Structures with Short-Grouted Ductile Rebar Connections,” a University of Notre Dame Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences investigation under Yahya Kurama, PhD, PE. Findings could support the development of commercially available connectors holding the potential to simplify precast wall and frame construction.

The project will address a market need with an eye to a non-proprietary and cost-effective, high-performance grouted connector using commercially available corrugated steel ducts and grouts. Investigators will conduct the required ACI ITG 5.1 and ITG 1.1 validation testing of precast wall and frame structures using the proposed connectors in high seismic regions. Structural systems to be validated and related test specimens will include special or rocking shear walls, along with special moment resisting frame columns. Joining the Pankow Foundation in support of the Notre Dame research are the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute plus producer members Metromont Corp. and Clark Pacific.

The Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., recently attained American National Standards Institute approval to designate the Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings as a consensus document. “This represents more than four years of time and effort by dozens of volunteer experts, hundreds of members of the public, and GBI staff members,” says University of Florida Professor Dr. Charles Kibert, who served as vice chair of the ANSI/GBI 01-2019 consensus body and is a GBI director. “We are proud of GBI’s ongoing commitment to consensus, transparency and due process, and want to thank all those that worked collaboratively to revise and improve Green Globes.”

GBI President Vicki Worden attributes the designation to “more than 230 public meetings to deliberate the latest science and research, baselines, and market advancements since the last update. “There’s tremendous excitement about contributing leading-edge thought leadership to green building design, construction and operations with this revised standard,” she adds, noting that GBI is the only green building organization to deliver its rating system through an ANSI-audited consensus process. The ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard was registered and approved to continue its revision process through what the Institute calls continuous maintenance, whereby “revisions will happen every two years to keep the standard and rating system in lock step with advances in the market,” Worden affirms.

Green Globes references hundreds of other periodically revised consensus documents; using continuous maintenance will ensure the system changes as needed and through an ANSI-approved process. Proposed changes can be submitted any time through forms the Initiative has posted, along with the ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard, at