ASTM floor noise standard raises another wood structure red flag

A new standard from ASTM International 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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Producer, practitioner, labor contingent organizes rainscreen group

Officially launched late last year, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA) is a multi-disciplinary, member-led organization targeting current building enclosure design and construction challenges. Membership ranges from insulation and wall barrier manufacturers to architectural façade element producers and fabricators, to the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and affiliated training…

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Colas subsidiary settles case of sub-spec mixes for Navy airfields

A Middle East sister operation of New Jersey-based aggregate, asphalt and ready mixed producer Colas USA has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by delivering substandard concrete to U.S. Navy airfields in the Republic of Djibouti, nestled between Ethiopia and the strait linking the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Settlements with the Department of…

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Collaboration and comment tools accompany digital ACI 318 guide

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has released a pdf version of Design Guide on the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, formatted with a digital rights management encryption service that enhances user experience through a commenting and collaboration platform. The service echoes best practices from other organizations’ digital rights management strategies and protects files by requiring a one-time…

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ASTM schedules exploratory meeting on stormwater control measures

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

ASTM will host an October 1 virtual meeting to potentially seed a technical committee tasked with developing standards for stormwater control measures. Standards could support efforts to reduce pollution from runoff; create uniform testing, verification, and certification programs; and, unify varied stakeholders. 

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 21 rising stars from producer and associate member companies for the 2020 Developing Industry Leaders program: Master Builders Solutions’ Mason Booth and Matthew Wilson; Aggregate Industries’ Jenay Brown, Dan Corneau and Matthew Riggi; Titan America’s Marty Elkes, Jr. and David Novitzki (S&W Ready Mix Concrete) and Justin Walker (Roanoke Cement); Euclid Chemical’s Jason Jimenez; Irving Materials’ Andrew Mercker, Tyler Stanley and Kyle Norwood; Oremus Material’s Alireza Nili; Dickinson Ready Mix’s Ben Olin; U.S. Concrete’s Francis Pico-Llerena and Luis Soto-Rivas; Coast 2 Coast’s Micah Red Elk; CalPortland’s William Regis; Bayou Concrete’s Leighton Reynolds; Preferred Materials’ Frank Russo-Alesi; and, Maschmeyer Concrete’s Michael Tucker.

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ASTM International joins United Nations-aligned global resilience group

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM International has been accepted for membership in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). The latter focuses on mitigating effects of disasters, risk-informed capital assets and investments, and resilient infrastructure.

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ACI, ASTM reinforce Building Safety Month

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Two months of safety advisory overload have helped curtail negligible to fatal respiratory infection. A shorter window of critical safety advice prevails in May with backing from the American Concrete Institute and other advocates for building integrity and occupant or public wellbeing. Of all organizations serving architecture/engineering/construction, ACI is uniquely qualified to champion “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World,” the theme of the International Code Council’s-designated Building Safety Month.

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ASTM C01/09 summer meetings canceled; alternatives pursued

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM International staff will confer with C01 Committee on Cement and C09 Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates leadership regarding alternatives to meetings scheduled June 28-July 2 in Boston, all of which have been canceled. ASTM announced the change in response to continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other governmental bodies; input from ASTM International members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel; and, specific information on the projected city restrictions, with input from the hotels. Looking forward, ASTM will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future standards development meetings.

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ASTM aligns with ICC to promote resilient construction practice

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

An early-May webinar series timed with the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month, coupled with ICC and Alliance for National Community Resilience partnerships, highlight a longstanding ASTM International commitment to developing standards for safe and resilient construction.

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