NRMCA workshops underscore disaster resilient construction

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

To help local officials and residents reconsider their approach to post-Hurricane Sandy construction, NRMCA, in partnership with the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative, is continuing a workshop series, Adopting Disaster Resilient Construction at the Local Level.

Scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, in Cleveland and Thursday, February 28, in Orlando, the program is a continuation of seven workshops that were offered last year throughout the U.S. After each workshop, NRMCA works with attendees to help them implement building code changes and initiatives to improve resiliency within each community through promotion, technical advocacy and education.

Topics covered during the seminar include: assessing local disaster risks; residential and commercial building code requirements; FORTIFIED for Safer Living and Safer Business; safe rooms and storm shelters; flood resistant construction; flood resilience and fortified building codes; and, disaster resilient concrete building systems.

Concrete has long been recognized as the material of choice for resisting high winds, flying debris and storm surge associated with hurricanes and tornadoes. Builders, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, building officials and community leaders are invited to attend the workshops, along with the general public. Attendees will receive six Professional Development Hours, six AIA-CES HSW Learning Units, six contact hours ICC-CES or six GBCI Continuing Education Hours. A $95 registration includes lunch.  —