PCA report delves resilient construction at big picture, granular levels
Published: Thursday, 09 May 2019 10:13 Written by Concrete News
A new PCA report presents historical data, evidence from external sources, and structural material comparisons supporting the premise: Cast-in-place or precast concrete, or concrete masonry construction methods lead to longer lasting buildings owing to their ability to stand up to normal wear and tear plus resistance to extreme weather events.
“The Real Value of Resilient Construction” addresses design, engineering and life cycle criteria for owners and lawmakers or officials behind policy affecting public or private building design. "U.S. taxpayers cannot afford to continue building and rebuilding the way we did in the past. Strong, robust structures ensure community continuity and provide long lasting value for scarce taxpayer dollars," says PCA CEO Michael Ireland—emphasizing a position the industry has held as Congress and government agencies take stock of escalating post-disaster costs rooted in sub-par construction.
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Members of the Concrete Coalition of Florida presented at the National Concrete Masonry Association's Town Hall event held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at their annual convention in Orlando's Lake Buena Vista resort.
The MAF's ProMasonry Chairman and Board member, Chris Bettinger presented the accomplishments of the Masonry Association. Matt Sitter, president of the Florida Concrete Products Association gave an overview of the FC&PA's BlockStrong program and Jim Painter, Executive Director of the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council informed the attendees about Florida's state masonry check-off program. Also speaking were MAF program partner, the AIA Florida's executive Director, Vicki Long and Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.
The categories for the 2017 Masonry Excellence Awards Program will follow the same format as last year, as part of our partnership with the AIA of Florida, we are awarding honors in three main categories:
An overall winner from each of the main categories, as well as one Project of the Year will be featured in a supplemental publication going to all 4400 AIA Florida member architects in the state.
Deadline for entries is July 1, 2017. Please submit your entry online at: www.masonryawards.com
If you have questions, please contact Masonry Excellence Awards Chairman Chris Bettinger email@example.com or MAF Marketing Director, Deb Bartolucci firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award winners were honored at the 2016 MAF Annual Convention held at the Hutchinson Island Marriott on July 28 - 31, 2016. The top three winners will be featured in the September Issue of the 2016 Masonry Excellence Awards Annual "Bragbook". The projects that will be featured are:
Congratulations to all of the winners. Details regarding the Masonry Excellence Awards Program, or the 2016 Masonry Excellence Bragbook can be obtained by contacting Deb Bartolucci, MAF Marketing Director - 954-295-9926 or email@example.com
Check out the ProBlock / Stalite Demo at the MAF Fastest Trowel Competition: Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
For more details, contact Jerry Liner: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-640-7969.
5th Anniversary Edition of the MAF Masonry Excellence Awards Publication Distributed at the MAF Annual Convention
Reprinted from TMS Sustainability E-Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 4
Sustainable designs should also be resilient ones. The links below feature several projects rebuilding in areas damaged by natural events. Note that in the first two articles, “concrete” and “cinder blocks” are used to mean everything from concrete, to grout, to concrete masonry. Two examples where correct terminology is needed!
New Exterior Helps Pay for Tenn. High School Addition :: WRCB-TV
A 13,000-square-foot addition at the Walker Valley High School in Charleston, Tenn., has been built -- and is covered in reinforced concrete. [editor’s note: it is really a brick veneer over reinforced concrete masonry] The addition of the concrete is expected to make the building more resilient during tornadoes, and adding it also meant the Federal Emergency Management Agency would contribute to the structure's cost. "The entire outside is reinforced concrete ... So it's basically built like a bunker," said Cason Conn, a senior project manager at Tri-Con, the project's contractor according to this report.
Exam of 2013 EF5 Tornado Site in Okla. Reveals Construction Flaws :: The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Chris Ramseyer is an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma, a concrete-use expert and was a member of an American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute team sent to Moore, Okla., in 2013 following an EF5 tornado. The storm destroyed two schools and killed dozens. In this article, Ramseyer discusses some of the construction flaws he and the team found.
Group Backs Bill to Help Curtail Wind Damage to Homes, Businesses :: PropertyCasualty360
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety backs legislation filed by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, to bolster research on making homes and businesses less susceptible to wind damage. "Tragic high-wind-related disasters during the last two years alone ... are clear signs that we need to focus on significantly reducing the vulnerability of our communities to these types of devastating events," said Debra Ballen, the group's general counsel and senior vice president of public policy. Read more.
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