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Standard for adhered CMU approved

A new ASTM specification for adhered concrete masonry units was approved at the ASTM C15 committee meetings last week. This standard sets minimum requirements for dry-cast concrete masonry units produced for use as adhered veneer. This new standard, ASTM C1877, will be published sometime later this summer by ASTM. For more information, contactJason Thompson.

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Masonry students compete at SkillsUSA National Competition

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Finalists from around the United States competed in the masonry competition at the SkillsUSA national championship last week. The competitors are given six hours to construct a composite brick and block project. They are evaluated not just on speed, but also on craftsmanship. The competition is supported by a coalition of the masonry industry, including the NCMA Foundation. More details on the competition and the medalists this year can be found on the SkillsUSA website. For more information, contact Doug Ross.


New green construction certification program coming to US

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Architecture and engineering firm HOK and the Building Research Establishment in the UK have partnered to bring a new-construction green building certification program to the US: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM. The certification has been available outside the US since 1990, and a pilot project is expected to start here this summer. Read more

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13th NAMC

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Abstracts for the 13th North American Masonry Conference are due on July 31, 2018. The conference will be held June 16-19, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT, and is hosted by Brigham Young University. Sponsored by The Masonry Society, the conference provides a forum for professionals around the world for networking and sharing the latest advances in masonry knowledge and practice. Abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline. For more information click here.


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2018.07.05 - CMD - EPA honors petition to examine coal combustion residuals’ beneficial reuse Concrete Products. FacebookLinkedInTwitterAddThis ​​EPA has granted petitions to reconsider the definition of beneficial reuse and other substantive provisions of the final rule regulating coal combustion residuals (CCR) as nonhazardous waste under subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The 2015 rule regulates how CCR generated from electric utilities and independent power producers are managed in surface impoundments and landfills. Read more Columbia INDUSTRY NEWS A truly green school

​Calistoga Junior/Senior High School received an award from the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council’s (AIACC) 2017 Concrete Masonry Design Awards. Concrete masonry units were used to architecturally enhance the appearance of the school, as well as providing a durable and low maintenance interior and exterior finish. Read more.

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Ultra Drain Mat™ drainage/ventilation system

Designed for exterior stone, stucco and brick applications Ultra Drain Mat is an easy-to-install rainscreen system providing drainage and ventilation for a wall system. Ultra Drain Mat keeps moisture from entering through mortar joints or cracks in cladding, creates a channel for moisture drainage and accelerates drying time of exterior cladding.

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Construction spending at all-time high

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Spending on construction increased 0.4% in May to a seasonally adjusted all-time high of $1.31 trillion. This is 4.5% higher than a year ago. Economists are forecasting that construction spending will contribute to overall growth this year even though interest rates are rising. Read more.

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In Memoriam: Bob Corbitt, Blue Stone Block

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It is with great sadness that we deliver the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague and friend from Blue Stone Block, Bob Corbitt. Bob passed away at the age of 56 on June 26, 2018 and will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and the Blue Stone Block staff. He may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Donations  to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention can be made in his memory by searching for Bob Corbitt. Bob's obituary and a place for online condolences can be found here.


NCMA Engineering Projects Manager Brian Roye will be in San Francisco, CA for the ASCE Seismic Subcommittee meeting July 12-14.


Can I evaluate the properties of an existing concrete masonry structure? 

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Yes, properties of existing masonry can be evaluated through non-destructive measures, and in some cases, removal of a section of the existing assembly. See TEK 18-9A Evaluating Existing Concrete Masonry Construction for further information in the NCMA Solutions Center.

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Frank Lloyd Wright – Concrete Masonry Visionary 

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Come hear about Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on architecture and the concrete masonry during this special 100-Year Anniversary session being held Wednesday, August 1 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm While FLW was not the concrete block’s most ardent supporter, he had a vision of what was possible with concrete masonry. Karen Sweeney, preservation architect and facilities administrator from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, will share the life and accomplishments of perhaps one of the most influential American architects. Read more about the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust here and clickhere to see all the special sessions and events taking place during NCMA’s Midyear Meeting, July 31 - August 3 in Chicago, IL.

26 days until NCMA’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration and Midyear Meeting begins!

NCMA’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration at the Midyear Meeting, July 31 – August 3, in Chicago, Illinois is quickly approaching. Have you made all your arrangements to participate in the exciting week of events?

Here’s your checklist:
-Register for Midyear Meeting
-Book your hotel room (There is limited availability at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile and the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago.) For any housing questions contact NCMA at 703-713-1900.
-Return your Sponsorship Form for the Midyear Meeting marketing opportunities
-Make plans to attend the Optional Events: Chicago River Cruise, The Second City Social Outing, Chicago Cubs Baseball Game
-Send NCMA a photo congratulating NCMA on 100 years of service to the industry
-All the information you need for this historic week of events and programming can be found in our Midyear Meeting Brochure

We cannot wait to see you in Chicago!



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