Monthly Archives: August 2018

NCMA Solutions Center: TEK 7-6A, Steel column fire protection

August 31, 2018

NCMA eNews August 30, 2018 How do I determine the necessary amount of concrete masonry protection for steel columns for fire protection purposes? It depends on the type and size of column, and the fire rating required. See NCMA TEK 7-6A, Steel Column Fire Protection, for details on that calculation.
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OSHA releases free silica compliance tools for contractors

August 31, 2018

NCMA eNews August 30, 2018 In an effort to help contractors comply with its new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, OSHA has released instructional videos and other free educational materials about the topic. Some of the aids provided by the agency are a customizable slideshow presentation to help employers train construction workers; a short…
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NIST names steps for post-disaster resiliency measures

August 31, 2018

NCMA eNews August 30, 2018 In a report to Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has outlined the steps necessary to increase building functionality after natural disasters so that post-event impact to communities — both residential and commercial — will not be as severe. The…
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OP-ED: Is cross-laminated timber safe?

August 31, 2018

NCMA eNews August 30, 2018 A recent op-ed asks the question ‘Is cross-laminated timber safe?”. Written by Paul Hargest, president of the Canadian Concrete Masonry Products Association, this piece points out recent issues with cross-laminated timber (CLT) used on projects, as well as ongoing questions with this new material and concerns over lack of research.…
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