Concrete Products

JUL 2014

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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14 • JuLY 2014 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES The National Institute of Building Scienc- es 2013 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultive Council, spans five key areas: The Building Workforce; Guidance on the Use of Non-Po- table Water; Understanding the Energy/ Water Nexus; Supporting the Existing State and Local Building Regulatory Infra- structure; and, Developing the Business Case for Private Sector Investment in Haz- ard Mitigation. Among recommendations in the eight- page document: • Industry associations should develop Building agency promotes STEM-wise workforce, code compliance and support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs to prepare students for careers in the 21st century building industry; • The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, in consultation with building industry repre- sentatives and other construction community stakeholders, should develop a comprehensive national workforce plan; • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should set uniform national water quality crite- ria for end uses of non-potable water; • The National Institute of Standards and Tech- nology should develop water and energy indus- try-accepted evaluation, measurement and verification protocols that standards developers can utilize to help make determinations on pro- visions where water and energy tradeoffs exist; • The Department of Energy (DOE) should com- pile a national database of embedded energy in water, and vice versa, with a focus on devel- oping regional and local estimates needed for planning purposes; • DOE and EPA, along with the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Man- agement Administration; Department of Com- merce, including the Economic Development Administration; and, Department of Housing and Urban Development should work together as well as with the private sector to identify Part of an annual report to Congress, Moving For- ward was released during a High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition. Copies can be obtained at www.nbis.org. A Libra Systems Company www.ace-co.com 800.676.4111 P h i l a d e l p h i a ▪ S a n A n t o n i o ▪ C h i c a g o ▪ S a n F r a n c i s c o concrete batch controls central/local dispatch truck tracking moisture compensaton material handling enterprise informaton management expert support 24/7 & y o u r p a r t n e r i n c o n c r e t e p l a n t a u t o m a t i o n b u s i n e s s i n t e g r a t i o n f o r o v e r 5 0 y e a r s .

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