NCMA Chair interview in Concrete Products Magazine

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

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NCMA Chair interview in Concrete Products Magazine

2020 has presented new challenges and opportunities for NCMA Chair Tom Finch and the association as detailed this month in Concrete Products Magazine. Mr. Finch, his company RCP Block and Brick, and NCMA were discussed in a wide-ranging interview. He discusses the impact of coronavirus, the Checkoff program, current NCMA initiatives, and more. Check it out in the June edition of the magazine.

Fire losses in U.S. total 1.9% of GDP

According to the report Total Cost of Fire in the United States by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the total cost of fires in 2014 was $328.5 billion, equaling 1.9% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While direct property loss is a relatively small portion of the total, the report does not include the additional loss to business, both for property experiencing fire and the surrounding businesses disrupted. It is clear that increasing resilience to fire by using non-combustible materials would have a positive economic benefit. Read more.

The future of multifamily design

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced residents to look at a number of their everyday experiences — including the way they live. In residences such as single-family homes or townhomes, residents may be looking to incorporate spaces such as home offices and exercise rooms to be able to remain productive while safely in place. In multifamily developments, however, there are additional components to consider when attempting to follow important health guidelines. In many cases, health and wellness trends will accelerate what was already occurring in the market — whether it’s a rise or a decline. Read more.

Construction employment sees record rebound in May

The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, the largest monthly increase in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939 and a drastic improvement from April, which recorded the industry’s largest month-over-month job loss. The data showed job gains in all three nonresidential subsegments: nonresidential building, nonresidential specialty trade contractors and heavy and civil engineering. Read more.

CDC releases additional resources for reopening

The CDC has released a new resource with tools and strategies to deploy ahead of office reopenings. It is intended to supplement the regularly updated CDC guidance for businesses and employers. These strategies represent the best science and thinking around protecting the workforce and the public from COVID-19. As the country reopens and high levels of cases in different parts of the country remain a challenge, maintaining social distancing of six feet, frequent hand-washing, avoiding large gatherings and wearing face coverings all remain important and proven public health strategies. Visit the Concrete Business Update for business-related news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expansions to Main Street Lending Program announced

The Federal Reserve Board on Monday expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support. The Board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment schedule to begin after two years, and extended the term to five years, providing borrowers with greater flexibility in repaying the loans. The Board expects the Main Street program to be open for lender registration soon and to be actively buying loans shortly afterwards. Read more.


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Trump orders federal agencies to waive environmental regulations

Through a new executive order issued last week, President Donald Trump directed federal government agencies to waive environmental regulations and to take other actions necessary to streamline and expedite infrastructure projects in order to hasten the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The order includes not only surface transportation projects but infrastructure, energy, environmental and natural resources projects on federal lands as well. Read more.

Did you know...

NCMA has a free CMU Unit Strength Method Calculator. Easily calculate the specified compressive strength of masonry for a given CMU strength or the CMU strength for a given specified compressive strength of masonry in accordance with either the 2013 or 2016 version of TMS 402/602 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures. Access the calculator here.


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NCMA welcomes new member JM Construction, Inc.

JM Construction, Inc. located in Shady Cove, OR have been in business since 1999 and specializes in segmental retaining walls. Other operations are excavation, site development and grading on both commercial and residential projects.

How do I determine the Sound Transmission Class Rating for a concrete masonry assembly?

The Sound Transmission Class (or STC) depends on the weight of the concrete masonry wall. The calculation for determining STC can be found in TMS Standard 302. Find out the details in NCMA TEK 13-01C. You can access a spreadsheet-based calculator for determining STC here.

NCMA Midyear Event: Going Virtual!

NCMA’s 2020 Midyear Event: Going Virtual! will be held August 4-6. With our easy-to-use event platform, the event will include engaging forums, interactive meetings, sponsor recognition, live face-to-face sessions and social networking opportunities. Early commitment means more visibility leading up to the event. Become a sponsor now! Visit our website to get all the latest event and session information.


Thank you to our current Midyear Events Sponsors.

Online education and webinars

An informative, NCMA sponsored webinar outlining Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices for Design, Construction and Inspection was presented on June 10. The recording and handout are available here.


The next webinar in the series, Ask the Experts about Masonry, will be hosted by Jason Thompson, NCMA VP of Engineering, and Nick Lang, NCMA VP of Business Development, on June 24 at 11 am eastern. Register today and bring your real-world questions. Check out the details of all live and recorded webinars here.

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