ORGANIZATIONS – December 2014

The National Concrete Masonry Association has promoted Dominick Dowds, staff engineer, to Research and Development Lab manager. He replaces Nick Lang, who becomes director of Research and Development. Additionally, NCMA administrative assistant Mahsheed Ferdowsyan has been promoted to staff accountant.

 
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NCMA consolidates Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule

MANUFACTURED CONCRETE MASONRY AND CONCRETE MASONRY PRODUCTS SPECIFICATIONS The draft Product Category Rule informs Environmental Product Declarations for a host of unit types.

After a public comment period through mid-May, the National Concrete Masonry Association is finalizing a linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD): the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.”

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NRMCA certifies Cemex’s premier Environmental Product Declaration

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Cemex USA has published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for 12 mix designs produced at its Pier 92 plant in San Francisco, a market laden with green-building practitioners and clients who are stepping up supplier transparency requirements with the tightening of project rating systems, chief among them the EPD-incentivizing LEED v4.

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Commanding a New Era

David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute accomplished a great amount in 2013, which seemed fitting as it entered a new era as this year marks ICPI’s 20th anniversary. Convening in New Orleans in late March for the 2014 Annual Meeting and anniversary observance, David Pitre, director of Engineering Products for Pavestone Co., opened the general session and began his two-year term as chairman at the close of the meeting.

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Amiron pigments surface from Applied Minerals’ iron oxide-rich mine

The Dragon Mine’s 3.3 million-ton iron oxide resource comprises distinctive limonite, goethite, and hematite alongside a deposit of halloysite clay, whose applications include a high performance concrete pozzolan, Dragonite.

New York-based Applied Minerals, Inc. unveiled the Amiron natural iron oxide pigment line at the National Concrete Masonry Association’s premier ICON X-Change earlier this year. Vertically integrated from deposit to market, the company’s Dragon Mine harbors what officials describe as one of the world’s purest in-situ iron oxide resources. 

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Concrete Masonry Education Act awaits Florida Governor’s pen

Sources: Masonry Association of Florida, Orlando; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

State Representatives approved the Concrete Masonry Education Act, creating a Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council as a direct support organization under the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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NCMA invites Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule comments

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products” is available here for review and comment through May 16.

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NCMA, ICPI firm up ICON-Xchange 2015

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

Concrete masonry and hardscape unit producers, along with machinery, equipment and service providers can mark their calendars for NCMA’s 2015 ICON-Xchange, February 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

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Concrete masonry check-off bill clears key Senate committee

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the concrete masonry industry’s check-off bill (S.429) by voice vote earlier this month, the legislation garnering consideration for possible avenues to the full Senate. The bill would authorize a Department of Commerce-sanctioned stakeholder committee to explore a market development, research and education program funded through a levy on concrete masonry unit sales.

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