NRMCA joins global effort targeting net-zero carbon emissions

The National Ready Mixed Concrete and Build With Strength initiative have aligned with a global consortium of concrete and cement trade associations or organizations committing to a net-zero carbon dioxide emissions industry by 2050. Their action dovetails release of Global Cement and Concrete Association’s (GCCA) 2050 Cement & Concrete Industry Roadmap for Net Zero and Portland Cement Association’s Roadmap to…

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NRMCA joins global effort targeting net-zero carbon emissions

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Build With Strength initiative have aligned with a global consortium of concrete and cement trade associations or organizations committing to a net-zero carbon dioxide emissions industry by 2050. Their action dovetails release of Global Cement and Concrete Association’s (GCCA) 2050 Cement & Concrete…

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Coalition engages architecture students in Habitat candidate designs

The Build With Strength coalition is lining up with Habitat for Humanity International and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture behind the Habitat Design Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing. The program will challenge individuals or student teams to explore a variety of issues related to the use of concrete for a Habitat home. Along with baseline criteria, entries will…

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Coalition steers students to Habitat-grade, concrete home design

Sources: Build With Strength Coalition, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff Build With Strength is lining up with Habitat for Humanity International and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture behind the Habitat Design Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing. Through April 2022, the program will challenge individuals or student teams to explore a variety of issues related to the use of concrete…

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Build with Strength Coalition underpins robust Habitat project schedule

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and affiliates, the NRMCA-aligned Build with Strength Coalition will donate ready mixed concrete for homes planned across 16 locations. With an eye to sound building methods and noncombustible material specifications, work is set to start in April on three two-bedroom projects, each of…

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Build with Strength prepares Concrete Credentials Podcast Season 2

Concrete Credentials, a podcast by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association plus its affiliated Build with Strength and Pave Ahead coalitions, is set for a second season in early 2021, following a July 2020 launch. Hosted by NRMCA Executive Vice President Gregg Lewis, AIA, LEED AP, the series has featured experts from design, development and construction sectors in an effort…

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“Concrete Credentials” podcast suits A/E/C, owner, developer audiences

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria,Va.; CP staff

A new National Ready Mixed Concrete Association podcast will feature experts from design, development, construction and related sectors on the benefits of specifying concrete for buildings and transportation infrastructure. Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability PE, SE, LEED AP Lionel Lemay kicks off the series July 23 discussing issues impacting the concrete and construction industries, including sustainability efforts that are among the organization’s most important goals.

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Finance chief becomes top NRMCA, PCA shared-staff member

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Concurrent with relocation of their Washington, D.C. area staff to neighboring office suites in northern Virginia, NRMCA and Portland Cement Association have appointed Debra Adlis to the respective roles of executive vice president of Finance and chief financial officer. She arrives as the groups’ top shared-staff member after 20-plus years in CFO roles for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and a handful of other non-profit organizations. 

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Industry groups call out advocacy suppression at Code Council Conference

Sources: Build With Strength Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed Build With Strength coalition, along with allies the Portland Cement Association and Steel Framing Industry Association, are challenging International Code Council “advocacy guidelines” that restrict communications during the group’s Annual Conference, Public Comment Hearings and Expo, October 21-25 in Richmond, Va. The event is drawing particular interest from mid- to high-rise construction stakeholders, owing to a scheduled vote on a proposal essentially validating design of wood framed buildings taller than the International Building Code’s current five- to six-story threshold. 

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Ivy League professor quantifies high social costs of wood construction fires

Sources: Build with Strength Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With special attention to incidents involving Los Angeles multi-family developments, a study from Columbia University Adjunct Assistant Professor Urvashi Kaul offers a cost-benefit analysis showing wood-framed residential building fires’ economic impact on citizens and local governments. 

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