Concrete Products

OCT 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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32 • October 2018 ORGANIZATIONS The National Concrete Masonry Association has launched a free continuing education course for design professionals hosted by AEC Daily. "Concrete Masonry: The Energy Efficiency Solution" educates users on the thermal benefits of concrete masonry assemblies and energy code compliance options. It qualifies for continuing education credits through the AIA/CES system, and is U.S. Green Building Council-approved for Green Building Certification Institute CE hours. "In addition to being durable, resilient, safe, flexible and afford- able, concrete masonry can help designers meet or exceed energy code requirements," says NCMA Education and Training Committee Chair Rodney Ebeling. "NCMA is working to help design profession- als understand the energy efficiency benefits of a masonry system that already offers so many other attributes. Offering this course through AEC Daily provides the design community with both the education they need to maintain professional registration as well as quality information for maximizing the benefits of concrete masonry construction." AEC Daily is an educational website specializing in 24-hour access to building product information, industry news, educational opportu- nities and discussion forums for architects, specifiers, engineers and construction professionals. Course development has been funded by an NCMA Research and Education Foundation grant. The course can be accessed by searching National Concrete Masonry Association at The ACI Foundation's Concrete Research Council is accepting through December 1 proposals from parties seeking assistance for projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. Among proposal and funding parameters: Topics are encouraged from all areas of concrete research; up to $50,000 may be approved per project for direct costs; due to a 15 percent research organization overhead cost limit, the ACI Foun- dation may award up to an additional $7,500 to fund indirect costs; greatly improves the site logistics for the field services team as well as reduced loadings on the structure," notes Wells Concrete Senior Vice President of Product Development Gregg Jacobson. Maryland ready mixed and aggregate pro- ducer Chaney Enterprises has named Tony Aina as green building guru for its recently rebranded building supplies and services division, BuilderUp. Aina will focus on sales and installation of insulated concrete forms. He joins with 16 years of general contract- ing experience, most recently managing a lumber company's contractor division. "In today's tight labor market, ICF construction is a highly-de- sired option because less workers are needed, and this alleviates the pressure felt from the construction labor shortage our customers feeling," says BuilderUp Chief Builder Steve Tripp. "Not only does this help with the labor shortage in the construction industry, but, because ICF installation is so fast, more jobs can be done per year. With rising materials costs, energy costs, and disaster-related costs, ICFs are more in-demand than ever before. Clearly there is a lot of education to be done on this topic and Tony is dedicated to advancing the building industry with this green product and our installation experts. His customer-oriented focus aligns perfectly with Chaney and BuilderUp." CONCRETE SPECIALTIES: OLDCASTLE INFRASTRUCTURE'S KEY TO THE CHICAGO MARKET Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta, has acquired Con- crete Specialties Co., which serves drainage and utility markets from the Romeoville, Ill., plant shown here, plus three other pipe and precast operations strategic to Chicago and Milwaukee. The Evanston, Ill.-based producer provides what management notes is "an excellent platform" for the upper Midwest. "Oldcastle Infrastructure is proud to partner with Concrete Specialties, and we are excited to expand our water management offering into Illinois and Wis- consin," affirms President Simon Bates. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Tony Aina

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