through rigorous value engineering analyses to ensure buildings achieve performance
objectives at the lowest possible costs.
• Plant Certification. NCMA continues on its
path towards a certification program. Presenters will discuss what it will entail and what producers should do to prepare.
• Environmental Product Declarations.
Experts profile EPDs and how producers can
measure and communicate the environmental
impact of concrete masonry units, and what
industry resources are available to ease document preparation.
• Better Units with Internal Curing. Participants
will learn how the simple concept of adding saturated lightweight aggregate to mix designs can
improve masonry unit quality and reduce production costs.
• Check-out the Check-off. The march toward
achieving the vision of a concrete masonry
check-off program continues. Session leaders
will field questions about how this program
will be created and implemented.
• NCMA's Solutions Center. NCMA is continuing to help members become better service
providers to their own customers, including
through website content measures.
In between B2B Xchange and ICON-Xchange
will be a day loaded with committee meetings,
education sessions and networking events.
Highlighting the February 7 schedule is:
• Front Line View–Virtual Plant Tours, 7:30
a.m.–9:30 a.m. Industry suppliers and service
providers will showcase their latest advancements in equipment and production techniques, offering live video feeds from several
concrete masonry production lines.
• Plant Operations Boot Camp: Introduction
to Absolute Volume, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Experts will provide essential information for
plant and operations managers, machine
operators, accountants and owners on how
to use existing raw materials' specific gravity
data to create an accurate mix design that will
benefit in terms of costing, yields, material
waste and cement optimization.
• NCMA Product Development and Creative
Concepts Forum, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. An
NCMA subcommittee spotlights efforts
advancing the development of new and existing concrete masonry products, methods of
production, innovation in block and
brick designs, and systems integration
• NCMA PAC Reception, 7:00 p.m.– 8:30
p.m. The most important fundraising
event for the NCMA political action committee, supporting Congressional incumbents or candidates friendly to legislation helping concrete masonry interests,
including the Check-off initiative.
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Committee meetings are scheduled February 7 and 9, the latter day featuring the NCMA
Industry Business Luncheon, with a state of
the association update from Chairman Charles
Newsome. Additional ICON-Xchange details and
registration can be obtained at www.iconxchange.
org, or from NCMA, 877/627-3976. Hotel reservations can be made through www.westinmissionhills.com, or by calling 877/253-0041.
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