Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
NRMCA is seeking candidate presentations for the 2015 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 11–13 at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel. The 10th annual conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete design, production and practice.
Engineers, architects, public works officials, risk managers, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors, and concrete industry professionals are invited to share their experiences and accomplishments in advancing sustainable development. Proposals for papers and/or presentations are encouraged on:
Resilience—Planning and design that strengthens and renews the social and economic fabric of a community. Designing and specifying high-performance applications in buildings and infrastructure, fortified building codes and community initiatives focusing on disaster resistance and adaptive reuse.
Life Cycle Assessment—Assessing carbon footprint, embodied energy and other environmental impacts for buildings, infrastructure, plus cement and concrete production.
Low Impact Development—Practices including pervious pavements and erosion control structures. Urban heat island reduction, light colored pavements, green roofs and cool communities.
Material Science—Innovations in durability, extended service life models and validation. Performance-based specifications to foster sustainability. Innovative concrete production methods. Beneficial use of byproducts for cement and concrete production.
Social Responsibility—Community action and engagement. Sustainability initiatives adopted by businesses, building owners, designers and manufacturers, including health and well being incentives and legislation.
Reflecting the conference’s location in South Florida, organizers will emphasize presentations addressing disaster resilience and durability as a way to help mitigate the devastating effects of natural and manmade hazards, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes and blast. Presentation proposals can be submitted through www.concretesustainabilityconference.org by November 14.
Additional information can be obtained from NRMCA Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development Lionel Lemay, 847/918-7101; [email protected].