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JUN 2017

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10 • June 2017 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES Along with funding the federal government through September, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law last month includes National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-advocated posi- tions or directives for agencies influencing residential and commercial building design. Passages in the law echo reports of U.S. House and Senate committees over- seeing the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Commerce and Homeland Security. HUD-directed language defines resilient construction methods as those that "(1) allow a structure to resist hazards brought on by a major disaster, (2) allow a structure to continue to provide the primary functions of the structure following a major disaster, (3) reduce the magnitude or duration of a disruptive event to a struc- ture, and (4) allow the structure to have the absorptive capacity, adaptive capacity, and recoverability to withstand a potentially disruptive event." "The [House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development] Committee supports enhanced resiliency for new construction and renovation [and] urges HUD to study technologies, elements, and materials that create more resilient single and multi-fam- ily homes such as lean manufacturing, safe rooms, and alternative materials to improve durability and safety during natural disas- ters," the law states. NRMCA Government Affairs staff cites additional aspects that will help proponents of sound construction methods in federal agency outreach. The Commerce Depart- ment's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is urged to study building codes and make recommendations on forti- fied structures. "Disaster Resilient Buildings" com- mentary from a Senate committee report encourages the use of resilient construction techniques above and beyond building code requirements. "The Committee recognizes the importance of industry and municipal stan- dards to better mitigate the impact of natural disasters and extreme weather events, which can save lives, reduce destruction to property, and enable faster economic recovery," it states. "Current building codes often do not provide the necessary protection against natural hazards, particularly with regard to enabling immediate occupancy after a signif- icant earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flood, or other natural disaster. "The Committee supports efforts to pro- mote the use of engineering design and construction techniques to improve the resiliency of buildings, homes, and infrastruc- ture, and encourages NIST to partner with academic research institutions and industry stakeholders that have expertise in mitigat- ing the effects of natural disasters to study and recommend best practices for resilient planning and construction." Another committee report covering Homeland Security prompts the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider adopting uniform guidelines on safe rooms for federally funded structures in areas prone to severe weather and hazards, plus uniform national guidelines for safe room design and construction. Law steers Federal agencies to resilient construction guidelines, practice ENGINEERED IN GERMANY INSTALLED ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WE ADD PROFITABILITY TO THE MIX Planetary Countercurrent Mixers | Twin Shaft Mixers | Admixture Metering Mixing & Batching Plants | Concrete Delivery Systems | Computer Automation Automatic Mixer Cleaning System | Color Metering | Plant Layout Technical Service & Support | P3 Operator Training 603.431.5661 Tel: +1 231 439 5000 or Our new sensor models retain the existing proven exterior design but have been updated internally for an even better performance • Accurate, consistent, real time moisture measurement • Digital technology with precise linear output • Easy to integrate into new or existing systems • Remote calibration and confi guration • Temperature stable Updated: Hydro-Mix for Concrete Mixers Updated: Hydro-Probe for Aggregate Bins Our Moisture Measurement is Better than Ever

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