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Page 32 of 73 August 2019 • 31 BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS feedback so that we can realistically raise the bar on the marketplace." The trajectory of LEED is to support city-, investor-, building owner-driven change and other market forces by continuing to improve performance throughout the lifecycle of build- ings, advance net zero and net positive practices, and reward leaders who enable building owners and local government agencies to track progress toward environmental, social and governance goals. "Imagine a rating system adaptive and responsive to the ever-changing world around us. This is what we are working toward with LEED," affirms USGBC Senior Vice President Melissa Baker. "We are exploring how we can strengthen LEED v4.1 and also plan what's next for the rating system. We are working to ensure that LEED remains a global leadership standard." Green building rating system stakeholders can join Council members and staff at the "Future of LEED" education session, scheduled during the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 19-22 in Atlanta. Session leaders will review market feedback and provide updates on performance-based outcomes, trans- parency and continuous improvement to future versions of LEED. — The International Code Council, Itasca, Ill., has acquired NTA, a provider of testing, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and code evaluation services for residential and commercial builders, public officials, plus manufacturers and suppli- ers throughout the industry. NTA has offices and a testing laboratory in Nappanee, Ind., and will soon break ground on a new testing campus in Bryan, Texas. "NTA will bring exceptional testing capa- bilities to our suite of services," says ICC CEO Dominic Sims. "This acquisition helps us to better fulfill our building safety mission and serve members and clients." The firm maintains one of the largest manufacturing inspection workforces in the market, he adds, and its inspection professionals currently hold hun- dreds of Code Council certifications. A network of auditors enables NTA to provide review and inspection of in-plant procedures, ensuring con- sistent quality of products for code compliance. "We are a global leader in technical evalua- tions of building products," notes ICC Evaluation Service President Shanin Moinian, P.E. "The addition of NTA to the family of solutions will allow us to further streamline the time-to- market for product manufacturers by offering testing services in house." Construction, engineering, land surveying and 3D imaging specialist Cardinal Survey and Design of Williamsburg, Va., has expanded into one of the industry's fastest growing segments through a merger with Richmond, Va.-based Pro-Inspections Inc., which offers private or public market customers concrete strength testing plus structural engineering and evaluation services. "Cardinal Survey is committed to expanding its capabilities, both inter- nally and through strategic mergers," says President George Cunha. "Pro-Inspections will enable us to offer an even wider range of services, making us a more valuable supplier." Pro-Inspections founder Charles Toney will continue in his current role as chief engineer, overseeing operations at Cardinal Survey's newest location and building on a foundation he and his team have created over the past 17 years. Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. This causes a ball of material suspended in air to rotate— in the same direction as the air stream that powers it—gently deflecting incoming material around the bend without hitting the elbow wall. ® Ask for a Free, No-Risk Trial Offer 1-610-814-2273 Prevent elbow wear, blow-outs, recurring maintenance and shutdowns once and for all with Smart Elbow ® deflection elbows from HammerTek ® Lime, clay, sand, alumina, iron oxide, fly ash, granite, cement, shale, slag, clinker, cinders, aggregates and other abrasives wear through conventional sweep elbows because material must hit the elbow wall at high speed to change direction. Instead, the Smart Elbow design gently deflects material around the bend without impacting the elbow wall, providing concrete producers with three important benefits: Virtually no elbow wear, blowouts, replacement costs or related downtime Virtually no material degradation, reducing dust generation Reduced space requirements—about 40% shorter than sweep elbows 1 2 3 Smart Elbow deflection elbows at concrete plants still going strong after 15 years. EE-1024

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