Wood structures’ newest red flag: ASTM floor noise standard

Sources: CP staff; ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.  A new standard from ASTM Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics establishes an evaluation metric for low-frequency impact noise, especially the thudding from footfalls typical in multi-level buildings constructed of materials other than cast-in-place or precast concrete. 

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2021

After eight years as Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub executive director, Jeremy Gregory has transferred to a position with the newly formed MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. MIT officials credit his spearheading of impactful research, encouraging connections between lab members, fostering industry partnerships, and greatly expanding the CSHub’s reach and presence nationally and internationally. “His insight, clarity, and…

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ASTM C09 revises C94 batch water accuracy target

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  A revision reflected in the forthcoming ASTM C94/94M-21a, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete eases batch water volume verification during the batching process. It requires water to be batched to an accuracy of ±1.5 percent of the target batch water versus two existing accuracy thresholds: batch water to ±1 percent of total mixing…

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ASTM aims for Q4 return to in-person meetings

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff During its annual business meeting, staged virtually, ASTM International expressed optimism for October 2021 resumption of face-to-face committee meetings. Board Chair John Logar previewed the Society’s annual report, entitled “Resilience,” and cited the past year’s measures to support global health by offering no-cost access to standards used in personal protective equipment production…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MAY 2021

Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected American Concrete Institute president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees and ACI Board’s Financial Advisory Committee, and…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2021

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has chartered a Small Producer Council, aimed at shaping the future of committee and staff work supporting the group’s widest range of members. The SPC was formed to ensure participants have an opportunity to lead a conversation on their unique needs and consult peers on issues of most consequence to their businesses. James Schelzi…

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PCA issues Industry-Wide EPD for ASTM C150, C595, C91 powders

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff New Industry-Wide Environment Product Declarations (IW-EPDs) for Portland Cement, Portland-Limestone Cement, Blended Hydraulic Cement and Masonry Cement offer stakeholders across private and public construction markets an exhaustive profile of material, fuel and energy factors attending production of the key ingredient in concrete, grout and mortar. The documents inform updates to companion EPD…

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ASTM symposium probes cement-based materials’ reactivity

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.  ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates invites papers for the Symposium on Reactivity Tests for Cement-Based Materials – From Lab Testing to Standards and Specifications, scheduled December 5 amid standards development meetings at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Organizers aim to a) provide a forum for experts to discuss standardization and the use…

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ASTM D04 pens slag product classification standard

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff The latest document from ASTM Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials, D8021, Standard Guide for Blast Furnace and Steel Furnace Slag as Produced During the Manufacture of Iron and Steel, assists manufacturers, regulatory bodies and consumers in raw slag characterization. 

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has announced Membership Department staff changes as part of a broader, increased focus of delivering more value-added services, education, research and certification offerings. Amanda Muller and Alex Land have joined the department, each holding the title of director of Membership Engagement.

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