ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2018

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The National Concrete Masonry Association has launched a free continuing education course for design professionals hosted by AEC Daily. “Concrete Masonry: The Energy Efficiency Solution” educates users on the thermal benefits of concrete masonry assemblies and energy code compliance options. It qualifies for continuing education credits through the AIA/CES system, and is U.S. Green Building Council-approved for Green Building Certification Institute CE hours.

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PRODUCERS – MARCH 2017

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Brenda Harris has joined the Oldcastle APG management team with direct line responsibility to grow masonry cladding market share. With more than 30 years in hardscape and masonry markets, she will take a leadership role with several new product lines, such as the Echelon Masonry Veneers’ new Be.On Stone, a mechanically fastened (anchored) product proven to enhance a building’s moisture deflection properties; improve labor efficiencies; reduce jobsite waste; and, equal to installation in virtually any adverse climate.

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PCA takes Timber Innovation Act to the wood shed

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

PCA urges Congress to reject the so-called Timber Innovation Act, which has returned to the 115th Congress after a 2016 debut. Through companion U.S. Senate and House of Representatives bills, it incentivizes state and local governments, universities and private companies with federal funds to conduct research & development, outreach and education advancing the use of mass timber products in construction.

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Paying attention to the carbon footprint behind the wood curtain

“Determining the Carbon Footprint of Wood” (PCA R&D 3287) is a valuable work based on Portland Cement Association-sponsored research. The timely report tracks trees and forests’ carbon dioxide-sequestering capacity, one of the value propositions wood building product interests channel to green-building practitioners; paints rationale for the wood industry to document carbon accounting methods transparently, especially when product is not sourced from a sustainably managed forest; and, helps cast-in-place concrete, precast and masonry construction practitioners respond to competitors’ claims of environmental mettle.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2016

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Portland Cement Association CEO Jim Toscas to join its Committee of 100, along with counterparts representing the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Generic Pharmaceutical Association, Internet Association and Toy Industry Association. “The opportunity to share ideas, good practices, and perspectives in regard to governance, operations and overall value delivery, as well as partake of the excellent information and educational content of this program, is of tremendous value,” notes Toscas.

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Residential, commercial work drive cement shipment gains

Portland Cement Association’s new “Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group” underscores mixed year-over-year results among 16 U.S. market or product segments: Nine recorded growth, seven saw reduced volume in 2015 versus the prior year. Those gaining at least 20 percent were, in descending order, waste stabilization & solidification; fiber cement siding; concrete roof tile; soil cement, roller compacted concrete or full-depth reclamation/pavements; precast/prestressed concrete; and, soil cement or roller compacted concrete/water resources structures.

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Fiber cement, roof tile, prestressed lead concrete products in 2015 market gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

PCA’s new “Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group” underscores mixed year-over-year results among 16 U.S. market or product segments: Nine recorded growth, seven saw reduced volume in 2015 versus the prior year. Those gaining at least 20 percent were, in descending order, waste stabilization & solidification; fiber cement siding; concrete roof tile; soil cement, roller compacted concrete or full-depth reclamation/pavements; precast/prestressed concrete; and, soil cement or roller compacted concrete/water resources structures.

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