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Lower Atlantic Region


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Dates & Times: To be announced


Bigger, Taller, Faster: Strategies to Counter the Resurgence of Wood Structures
The concrete industry is under significant pressure from competitive materials such as wood frame and timber construction, among other construction types such as light-gage steel and structural steel. Over the last two decades, building owners are selecting these alternatives to concrete more often. This presentation will identify the challenges and opportunities for concrete by implementing the Build with Strength program in the Carolinas. Communicate, educate, advocate and convert are the key strategies to gain back market share of concrete in the low/mid-rise building market.

State and Local Strategies for Implementing LCA and LCCA
According to the Life Cycle Initiative, “Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) is about going beyond the traditional focus on production site and manufacturing processes to include environmental, social and economic impacts of a product over its entire life cycle.” When considering concrete pavement or structures, taking LCT as an approach means going beyond the more narrow traditional focus on concrete’s initial cost or how using recycled materials lowers its environmental impact. Utilizing Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for determining economic and environmental impacts are important tools for decision makers. This presentation will discuss how LCCA and LCA can be used to make choices among competing building materials for paving and building projects.

BWS & Building Codes - Fire Safety Bills & Efforts Nationwide
A discussion of overall NRMCA efforts in states and cities to change how light-framed, combustible construction is treated by local and state building codes. There are several statewide efforts and many local jurisdictions that are trying to (or already have) change the use of wood in mid-rise construction through legislation and ordinance. We will discuss those efforts and focus on what is working and what isn’t. An update on the national Timber Innovation Act and NRMCA’s efforts to defeat it will also be provided.

Build With Strength—How to Get and Hold Successful Meetings
A key strategy of the BWS initiative is project promotion – converting projects from wood or steel to concrete. The process includes identifying potential projects, assembling design and construction teams and meeting with decision makers – generally a developer or building owner – to convince them to use concrete. This presentation will help you understand how to research developers, prepare for a meeting and present a compelling case for concrete building systems. Additionally, this presentation will discuss some tips to ensure you have a productive meeting with your state representatives, members of congress, or even local city council members.

Strength Testing of Concrete—Stay Ahead of the Curve
The presentation covers a general overview of the ACI and ASTM standards related to acceptance requirements of strength tests for concrete. Factors affecting strength test results and evaluation of data to determine improper testing procedures will be discussed. A preconstruction checklist for details to be discussed on concrete testing will be outlined.





7:30am - 8:00am Registration and Breakfast
8:00am - 8:30am Welcome and Introductions
8:30am - 9:30am Bigger, Taller, Faster: Strategies to Counter the Resurgence of Wood Structures
9:30am - 10:30am State and Local Strategies for Implementing LCA and LCCA
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:45am Build With Strength—How to Get and Hold Successful Meetings
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch and Round-Robins
12:45pm - 1:45pm Strength Testing of Concrete—Stay Ahead of the Curve
1:45pm - 2:00pm Open Forum/Q & A



Brought to you by NRMCA and State Affiliate Partners  


Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Kentucky Concrete Association

Tennessee Concrete Association



For more information please contact NRMCA's
Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158






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