Concrete Products

JUL 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com JULy 2018 • 17 NIST firefighters Justin Grossnickle and Martin Neal examine the re- sults of a test to demonstrate the impact of fire on cross-laminated timber building assemblies. The agency's new roadmap identifies CLT as a construction material needing more flammability research. Along with the workshop report, more information on NIST's efforts to re- duce flammability is posted at www.nist.gov/el/fire-research-division. "Workshop participants determined that these application areas should be prioritized for R&D because reducing flammability in all five should signifi- cantly reduce the overall losses from fires in the future," Davis observes. Roadmap benefits, he adds, could eventually be greater than just getting low-fire-hazard products to market: "It's our hope that the research result- ing from the roadmap will lead to science-based quality control measures, testing procedures and performance standards for materials flammability, which in turn should reduce the costs of making products; simplify regulatory compliance for manufacturers; and, provide consumers with more fire-safe product choices." Beyond engaging with its part- ners to promote and urge roadmap acceptance and use, NIST has already begun putting the document to work. "Based on extensive discussions with our in-house experts after considering the roadmap's guidelines, we are plan- ning changes in our upcoming year's research and modifying our long-term strategies," Davis affirms. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES PHOTO: National Institute of Standards and Technology

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