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Monthly Archives: June 2020

NCMA Education and Research Foundation: Call for Architectural Professors

June 19, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJune 18, 2020 The NCMA Education and Research Foundation has sponsored a Unit Design Competition for student teams at universities around the country for over 15 years. The competition fosters innovation, supports local universities and encourages the next generation of designers to add manufactured concrete products to their design palette. While in previous…
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FEMA study reveals value of tougher building codes

June 19, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJune 18, 2020 A first-of-its-kind study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows that modern building codes are averting $1 billion a year in structural damage in California and Florida, the nation's most disaster-prone states, according to preliminary findings. The study could be groundbreaking in the agency's effort to convince states and localities…
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What happens to mass timber glues under heat?

June 18, 2020

From the WCTE 2018 proceedings The increasing use of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels in large multi-story buildings has highlighted the structural performance of CLT in fire as a critical issue concerning life safety and serviceability. It is well-known that wood material strength decreases when exposed to elevated temperature for an extended period of time.…
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Fire losses in U.S. total 1.9% of GDP

June 12, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJune 11, 2020 According to the report Total Cost of Fire in the United States by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the total cost of fires in 2014 was $328.5 billion, equaling 1.9% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While direct property loss is a relatively…
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