PCA Membership Represents 93% of US Cement Industry
Due to recent mergers, acquisitions, and membership additions, Portland Cement Association member companies now represent 93 percent of domestic cement capacity.
The United States’ cement industry has an annual clinker production capacity of approximately 100 million metric tons. Over the past eight years, cement manufacturers have invested an estimated $4.5 billion in new capacity. PCA member companies operate plants in every region and ship to every state in the U.S.
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to Hear Challenges to the Silica Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has been selected to hear all challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) tightening of the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica. Some industry groups – including construction groups, state chambers of commerce, and the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association have already filed suits in opposition to the rule. The rule has also received legislative attention, with a hearing held on April 19th by the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. During the hearing, Chairman Walberg (R-WI) criticized the rule as costly and noted that enforcement of the existing standard would be the appropriate way to address silica exposure.
The deadline for filing a petition for review of OSHA’s silica rule is May 24th. The OSHA rule is important not only because of the direct impacts that it has on cement terminals and cement customers, but also because it will likely inform the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s revision of its silica exposure standard, which applies to cement manufacturing facilities.
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"Houses that Work" Program Tours the U.S.
High-performance home builders, design professionals and contractors gathered to learn more about “Houses that Work” and the importance of resilient home construction. The April 5th event in Middletown, CT, was led by Gordon Cook and the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA). PCA co-sponsors this educational program which is based on years of field research from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Building America program.
The curriculum offers ways to improve the performance, efficiency, durability, safety and health in the design and construction of homes, including the inherent attributes of insulated concrete wall systems. Interested participants received copies of the PCA publication “Concrete Systems for Homes and Low Rise Construction”.
To learn more about the next “Houses that Work” sessions, visit http://www.eeba.org.
Roanoke Cement Helps Students Get Their Feet Wet in Water-Quality Project
Thanks to PCA member Roanoke Cement Company, Troutville, Virginia, 130 sixth-grade students jumped feet first into a study of water quality and ecology.
Roanoke Cement teamed up with environmental teachers and local experts to give Central Academy Middle Schools students first-hand experience in what it takes to improve water quality and the environment. The two-day event took place at Roanoke Cement’s Catabawa Creek mitigation site. Subject areas included aquatic macro invertebrate sampling, visual stream assessment and testing, tree species inventory, and a soil survey.
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Research and Technology
ACI/TMS Energy Session Informs of Threats to Concrete and Masonry
The International Code Council International Energy Conservation Code and American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers Energy Design of New Buildings except Low-rise Residential Buildings continue to focus on prescriptive component compliance methods involving increases in thermal resistance insulation and less recognition for the benefits of thermal mass. In addition, there are efforts to reduce or eliminate the negative effects of thermal anomalies in building components. Thermal bridges being addressed include perimeter slab edges, columns, and spandrel beams; projected concrete slab balconies; shelf angles to support masonry; anchors; and ties.
A session sponsored by several ACI committees at last week's spring conference, including ACI/TMS 122 Energy Efficiency of Concrete and Masonry Systems, shared current and proposed provisions of the codes and standards. PCA’s lead presentation demonstrated solutions for compliance while pointing out the cost implications that may shift designers and owners to alternative systems. Subsequent presentations focused on alternative compliance methods and strategies to minimize cost increases.
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VIRINA Steel Joins as New Associate Member
VIRINA Steel (VIRINA) joined PCA as an associate member this month. Based in California, VIRINA is a steel products company that offers a revolutionary steel products based on a proprietary production process. VIRINA Steel Nano Steel products are offered as an uncoated steel microstructure that can be made in all shapes and sizes. VIRINA Steel Grinding Balls for the cement industry are among its turnkey products.
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Meetings and Events
PCA Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
May 2-5, 2016
IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
May 15-19, 2016
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
2016 DC Fly-In
May 24-25, 2016
The Liaison Capitol Hill
PCA Centennial Celebration Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Hay Adams on Tuesday, May 24
PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 25-29, 2016
PCA Centennial Outing and Celebration (picnic)
July 27, 2016
PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
PCA Centennial Celebration Associate Member Recognition Reception on Tuesday, August 30
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
September 12-15, 2016
PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
Palm Beach, Florida
PCA Centennial Celebration Board Dinner on Monday, November 14
National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Annual Meeting / Management & Technical Conference
April 24-28, 2016
2016 ITCC-National Concrete Consortium Meetings
April 26-28, 2016
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
April 28, 2016
Squaw Valley, California
2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference (SCC) and 11th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ISCC)
May 15-18, 2016
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOID) Conference
May 22-26, 2016
University of Toronto Chemistry of Cement and Concrete Course
June 6-10, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) Seminar: Emissions Monitoring
June 7-8, 2016
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
June 9, 2016
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition
June 9-11, 2016
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