Stonework Survives Devastating Notre Dame Fire

The National Concrete Masonry Association's Weekly eNewsletter

View this email in your browser.

National Concrete Masonry Association

Stonework survives devastating Notre Dame fire

The ferocious Paris blaze that sent shock waves through the news earlier this week -- highlighted by the dire image of an iconic 300-foot oak spire collapsing altogether -- ended with catastrophic damage to one of the most historic buildings in the world: Notre Dame Cathedral. Experts are now saying it was fueled by a "forest" of wooden latticework, both original and modern, that supported its 200-metric-ton cladding. According to the rector of the church, the entire timber interior has been lost. Most of the stonework, however, has survived. To read more, click here.

Mason Industry Legislative Conference coming up soon

The Masonry Industry Legislative Conference, hosted by the Mason Contractors of America, will be held May 14-16, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss important issues affecting mason contractors and the masonry industry. Appointments will be made with attendees' members of Congress, as well as appointments with key swing vote representatives. For more details, click here.

Guatemala and its CMU "dream homes"

Recently, the popular magazine The New Yorkerfeatured a piece on the "dream homes" of Guatemalan residents, paid with remittance money, and often based on houses and structures they see in the United States. "The process [one architect said] is almost always the same: customers living in the U.S. take photos of houses they like and send them to family members in Guatemala, who then bring the image to a local builder or a firm." Many of them utilize concrete block as their primary building solution. To read more, click here.

Bill would allow temporary visas for construction workers

Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania has introduced two bills that would create a new immigration visa system for non-farm workers and potentially provide more money for construction career training and apprenticeships. One is called the “Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act” and the other is the "USA Workforce Tax Credit Act". To read more, click here.

Next month is "Building Safety Month"

The first day of May will officially kick off the 39th annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members and partners to promote building safety. First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. To learn more, click here.

How can condensation be controlled in concrete masonry walls?

There are a variety of different solutions to control condensation depending upon the climate in which the structure is located. For more information, see NCMA TEK 6-17B.

Deadline for Foundation grant submission is May 1

The deadline for submission of new grant applications to the NCMA Foundation is May 1, 2019. Applications submitted by this time will be considered at NCMA’s Midyear Meeting August 6-9, 2019. Find out more information about the grant submission process here.

In April ...

NCMA's Vice President of Engineering Jason Thompson will be attending a PCMA seminar April 17-19 and a Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) seminar April 24-26. NCMA President Bob Thomas will be attending a New York State Concrete Masonry Association (NYSCMA) meeting April 24-25. NCMA Manager of Member Development Carrington Blencowe will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the YPG Spring Workshop April 24-25.

It's easy to advertise in eNews

If you're looking for an opportunity to get your company's name out there, and have all the big decision makers in the industry notice it, then consider advertising in the weekly eNewsletter you're reading right now -- eNews. It's easy, cost-effective, and there are a number of options and packages to choose from. All you have to do is contact Janis Mason at (847) 234-6402, or by email,

Last chance to register for the YPG Spring Workshop

Join other members of NCMA's Young Professionals Group at the spring workshop in Michigan’s River City, April 24-25, with speaker Paul Doyle and other guests. Network, talk shop and expand your knowledge of the industry then enjoy dinner at the Knickerbocker New Holland Brewery. Accommodations are available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. For more details or to register, click here.

ICON-Xchange: Learn what's new in production

Participating in ICON-Xchange provides industry producers with an efficient format where they can see what’s new in the industry. “Most of what I do on a daily basis is focused on the sales side of our business, so the B2B (Business-to-Business Exchange) is a great opportunity to quickly and easily find out what's new and exciting in the world of production,” said Starling Johnson, Johnson Concrete Products. Dedicating time to learn about new technologies and services can help grow your business. Make plans to join NCMA for ICON-Xchange 2020, February 21-25 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.