National Concrete Masonry Association | July 2017

Concrete masonry executives strategize 
executive Meeting at NCMA
Concrete masonry executives representing regional and national masonry promotion organizations from across the U.S. and Canada are currently participating in a workshop at NCMA headquarters to exchange ideas, strategies, resources and programs that have been effective in their local markets. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) and NCMA. The workshop is co-located with a Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards (MACS) meeting.
Concrete absorbs air pollution
Stony Brook University/Science Daily
New research from Stony Brook University shows that concrete can absorb sulfur dioxide, a major contributor air pollution. Much in the way that concrete products can sequester carbon dioxide, this research shows that concrete products can also remove sulfur and nitrogen oxides from the air. Read more.

Fire at construction site deepens housing crisis in Oakland
Fire Story
Last week’s mega fire in Oakland adds to a growing list of wood-framed apartment fires that have cost millions of dollars in damages and put lives at risk across the country. While under construction, these buildings are extremely vulnerable, where non-combustible building materials would eliminate these disasters. Flames and smoke that could be seen for miles destroyed an under-construction Oakland apartment building Friday, forcing hundreds of residents from surrounding buildings and frustrating officials struggling with an acute housing shortage in San Francisco Bay cities. Read more.

Enjoying summer with outdoor living & SRWs
Concrete Masonry Designs
It’s that time of year to gather outside for long summer days and warm nights. SRWs can create defined spaces bringing outdoor living to a new level, literally. According to a recent survey by Houzz, homeowners rated firepits (32 percent) and retaining walls (11 percent) as top outdoor purchases among renovating homeowners. With the flexibility of SRWs, homeowners can shape an outdoor living space that fits their individual needs. Read more
Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in June
June’s lift saw a 4.8% advance in the institutional component while the commercial component fell 1.3%. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. June’s lift was due to a 4.8% advance by the institutional component of the Momentum Index, while the commercial component fell 1.3%. Read more
Are you aware that NCMA can provide customized webinars for your company (or to a third-party with your sponsorship) for a fee? For more information contact NCMA at 703-713-1900

Sampling and testing concrete masonry units
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How do I determine normalized web area for a CMU? The required measurements and calculation are detailed in ASTM C140, and summarized in NCMA TEK 18-2C.
NCMA Midyear Meeting registration open, sponsorships available
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Registration is open for the 2017 NCMA Midyear Meeting and there are many opportunities to highlight your company with sponsorships to fit every budget during this exciting industry event. Click here to find complete details on sponsorship and marketing opportunities for the NCMA Midyear Meeting.

Exhibit at ICON EXPO 2018: Machinery & Equipment Show
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Expand your business, showcase your company’s products and services in live demonstrations and network at ICON EXPO 2018, February 9-10, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Give your company the opportunity to meet with the buyers looking for manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products, services and equipment, and announce your company's latest offerings and product innovations. For more information click here.