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OP-ED: Is cross-laminated timber safe?

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A recent op-ed asks the question ‘Is cross-laminated timber safe?”. Written by Paul Hargest, president of the Canadian Concrete Masonry Products Association, this piece points out recent issues with cross-laminated timber (CLT) used on projects, as well as ongoing questions with this new material and concerns over lack of research. “Clearly, CLT remains controversial. Concerns related to building strength, fire resistance, and health and safety continue to chip away at CLT, with organizations such as the IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) publicly opposing its widespread use.”, states the op-ed. Read more.

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The Think Brick Award winners have been announced,
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The Think Brick Award winners were recently announced, showcasing unprecedented quality in innovation and creative use of clay bricks, concrete masonry and roof tiles in Australian contemporary architecture. As Australia’s richest design awards, The Think Brick Awards handed out a record $70,000 in prize money to a collection of ‘one of a kind’ designs. CEO of Think Brick Australia, Elizabeth McIntyre said, “With a new category this year, as well as a joint winner for the Horbury Hunt Award, we handed out $20,000 more prize money than last year to these designs that are incredible examples and initiatives of outstanding Australian design.” Read more.

One week left to enter hardscape projects for the 2018 HNA Awards

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The 2018 HNA Awards recognize residential and commercial hardscape projects in the U.S. and Canada, including walkways, patios, driveways, plazas, parking lots, streets and more. Click here to enter your project in one of the 18 hardscape categories, including new categories for natural stone, outdoor living features and vintage installation. Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, September 5.

NIST names steps for post-disaster resiliency measures

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In a report to Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has outlined the steps necessary to increase building functionality after natural disasters so that post-event impact to communities — both residential and commercial — will not be as severe. The report outlines some of the obstacles to buildings more functionally resilient after a natural disaster. Efforts to increase resiliency have been shown to provide savings on disaster mitigation. Read more.

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OSHA releases free silica compliance tools for contractors
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In an effort to help contractors comply with its new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, OSHA has released instructional videos and other free educational materials about the topic. Some of the aids provided by the agency are a customizable slideshow presentation to help employers train construction workers; ashort YouTube video about how to protect employees from silica dust; a video series on dust control methods for common construction tasks; and a website with answers to frequently asked questions. The rule went into effect for the construction industry on Sept. 23, 2017, but OSHA delayed full enforcement by a month to Oct. 23, 2017. Read more

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Five questions with Ryan Ross, Block-Lite 

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Name: Ryan Ross
Title: CEO/Owner
Company: Block-Lite
City/town where you work: Flagstaff, Arizona

How did you get into the industry? I was more or less born into it. I’m a third-generation owner operator. My grandpa, dad and uncles have all worked in the industry. My grandparents and parents bought Block-Lite in 1995 and I’ve been working at the business since the age of 15.

What is your favorite part of your job? The people, it’s also my favorite part of the industry as a whole. We have solid, hardworking, down to earth people that have become family to me.

What is the best advice you ever got (work or personal)? From my mom, “Don’t chase after money”. Took a while for me to realize that there is much more to this world than making money, people are what really matter and her advice helped to keep me on a better path.

What do you do when you are not at work? Most of my extended family lives right here in Flagstaff, along with some lifelong friends, so I enjoy spending time with all of them.

Favorite Movie? The Ross family has roots in Scotland so “Braveheart” is easily the favorite.



TEK 7-6A, Steel column fire protection

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How do I determine the necessary amount of concrete masonry protection for steel columns for fire protection purposes? It depends on the type and size of column, and the fire rating required. See NCMA TEK 7-6A´╗┐Steel Column Fire Protection, for details on that calculation. 

Visit the NCMA Solutions Center for answers to all your design and technical questions related to manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products.

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Be a part of ICON-Xchange 2019 

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Start making your plans to participate in ICON-Xchange 2019, the premier event for the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry, taking place February 14-16, 2019, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Orlando, Florida. The NCMA Annual Convention will be held in conjunction with ICON-Xchange, February 12-14. On Friday, February 15 and Saturday, the B2B Exchange will provide one-on-one meeting appointments for industry supplier companies to conduct private meetings with manufacturing companies of all sizes. Companies will also have the opportunity to participate in the ICON-Xchange Marketplace, February 14-16, which provides another opportunity to network and reach potential customers/suppliers. Register here and read ourbrochure for all the details. For more information, contact Denise Sheehan at (703) 713-1900.

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Register today for 2018 Basic Block and Hardscape Products Sales Course

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Register today for NCMA’s highly rated Basic Block and Hardscape Products Sales Course. The class is scheduled for November 29-30, 2018 at the NCMA Headquarters in Herndon, VA. The course offers an excellent foundation for sales professionals who have been in the concrete masonry and hardscapes industry for less than three years. The curriculum focuses on technical information and marketing strategies vital to advancing students’ knowledge of the concrete masonry and hardscape markets. 

Click here for course flyer and syllabus. Tuition is $575 for NCMA members/$975 for non-member participants. Discounts available for three or more registrants from the same company (Discount for NCMA members only). For more information please contact Clare Ramminger, Director, Programs and Member Services. Email: cramminger@ncma.org Phone: (703) 713-1900. Click here to register.


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