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Fact sheet: Resilient Buildings

June 8, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJune 4, 2020 As hurricane seasons become more intense, the need for hazard resilient construction has grown. America, however, has not met that need—in part, because the financial benefits of resilience have not been widely communicated. The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) research investigates these substantial benefits with the goal of conveying them…
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Concrete block room saves Mississippi family of 4 from twister

April 27, 2020

From NCMA eNewsApril 16, 2020 With a tornado bearing down on their rural home, Andrew Phillips told his wife to grab their two children and get into the safest place they had: A small room built from concrete blocks. It was a decision that likely saved four lives. While the rest of their home was…
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Infrastructure Solutions: Schools Offer Resiliency

February 24, 2020

From Civil EngineeringSeptember 2019 Public K-12 school infrastructure in the United States received a D+ on ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. This poor performance is a significant issue for communities on a daily basis, but it particularly affects periods of special need, such as when natural disasters strike. School buildings are often used as emergency…
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NCMA supports the Shelter Act

January 31, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJanuary 30, 2020 The National Concrete Masonry Association has joined other members of the North American Concrete Alliance and BuildStrong Coalition in support of the Shelter Act. Senate Bill S1958 and House Bill HR3462 were introduced earlier this summer by Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Gus…
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Ohio school to add reinforced concrete masonry tornado shelter

June 1, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVolume 11, Number 10May 31, 2019 Ohio's Fairborn Primary School is building a tornado shelter that will be able to hold 1,200 students inside, reportedly making it the first school in the state to do so. The shelter will have steel-reinforced concrete masonry walls that provide a safe space for students and…
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