2016 D.C. Fly-In Speakers, Program Announced
Speakers for the 2016 PCA D.C. Fly-In have been announced which include Janet McCabe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting assistant administrator for the office of air and radiation.
McCabe is responsible for all EPA policies related to air emissions and climate change and oversees several regulatory programs of critical importance to the cement industry, including EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for cement kilns and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
During the Fly-In, PCA will host a political event for Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) and a reception featuring Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The lunch program on May 25, will feature Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who is poised to be the incoming Chair of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.
We strongly encourage early registration for the Fly-In by clicking here.
Contact Rachel Derby
New Data Calls Government's Oil Forecast into Question
Oil prices have been especially volatile over the past couple of years, but recent data suggests a possible elevation in the level from the government’s forecast.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) oil projections reflect subdued West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices; however, if recent trends hold it is possible that an upward revision to the forecast is forthcoming. Oil prices serve as the signal on which companies base their decision to commence or resume drilling activity. An increase in drilling activity increases the amount of oil well cement consumed, but also has a multiplier effect on overall economic and construction activity, raising cement consumption even further.
Since mid-April, the WTI oil price has surpassed the EIA’s expectation by an average of $5 per barrel, which translates into a roughly 15 percent increase above the forecast. While it is unclear if this trend will continue, the escalation presents an increasing upside risk to PCA’s cement forecast.
Contact Ed Sullivan
St. Marys Cement Engages Community in Step with Charlevoix Plant Modernization
PCA member St. Marys Cement, which operates as part of international building material supplier, Votorantim Cimentos, is in the process of modernizing its Charlevoix, Michigan cement plant. As it makes modifications to the operation with an eye on productivity, efficiency and lower emissions, it is also maintaining a sharp focus on transparency and maintaining strong ties with the surrounding community.
Recently, St. Marys Cement hosted an open house where it invited local residents and businesses to see and discuss the modernization plans. This month, St. Marys Cement is donating a propeller from the decommissioned St. Marys Challenger to the Charlevoix City Council. The large propeller will be displayed in a nearby public area, serving as a reminder of how industry and the community can co-exist — both experiencing the benefits of industry and maritime commerce in the Great Lakes region.
For more information, visit stmaryscement.com.
Register for Friday's "Building Stronger Communities" Promotion Call
The next “Building Stronger Communities” Promotion Call takes place on Friday, May 6 at 11 am ET. The calls offer national and local promoters a communication network to deliver industry market development messages, and the opportunity to share best practices for more resilient concrete building advocacy and promotion.
Centering around the pillars of sustainability, the calls highlight environmental, economic, and social issues as they relate to the housing and building markets. Sustainable construction includes resilience, green building, and advocacy for more robust codes and standards.
This month's call will feature:
• A preliminary report from PCA Market Intelligence that gives us a glimpse of future growth among the building sectors – Ed Sullivan, PCA senior vice president and chief economist
• The motivation for mitigation, in terms of insurance and other pressures – T. Reed Miller, research specialist at MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
• Information on the latest PCA Buildings Committee initiative, the Breezy Point rebuild home for #HurricaneStrong – Donn Thompson, PCA senior director, market development
Registration is required to participate. Please use the call-in information that is provided.
Contact Alpa Swinger
Southeast Cement Promotion Association Begins Operations
The Southeast Cement Promotion Association, Inc. officially began operating on May 1, 2016.
Formerly known as the PCA Southeast Region, the group will operate as an affiliate of the Portland Cement Association. The Southeast Cement Promotion Association, Inc. represents the manufacturers and distributors of portland and masonry cement in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia/DC, and West Virginia.
For more information on the new group and contact information visit www.secement.org.
Codes and Standards
PCA Codes and Standards featured in Life Safety Digest
The spring edition of Life Safety Digest recently featured a cover story by PCA Codes and Standards Manager William “Jay” Hall, titled High Rise Combustible Construction. The article focuses on the allowable heights of combustible construction permitted by the International Building Code (IBC) and the rationale for increased fire testing on these structures.
In the article Hall notes that, “as new products and methods of construction are studied and developed, such as the use of Cross Laminated Timber, fire safety cannot be compromised or reduced on any level. These products should be subject to the same fire testing as non-combustible materials if they are to be considered for use.”
Click here to read the full article.
Contact Jay Hall
Research and Technology
PCA Joins Bellefontaine Celebration
PCA recently joined the American Concrete Pavement Association in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first concrete street.
PCA president and CEO Jim Toscas, along with industry and local leaders celebrated the occasion in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Many give credit to the road as the start of our nation's current infrastructure.
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Contact Steve Kosmatka
Farny and Wilson Named ACI Committee Chairs
Following the Spring 2016 Convention and meetings of the American Concrete Institute, new committee chairs were appointed. Jamie Farny, PCA’s director, building marketing, was selected as chair of ACI 332, Residential Concrete Work. Michelle Wilson, PCA's director, concrete technology, was named chair of ACI 301, Specifications for Structural Concrete.
Farny takes over from James Baty, technical director of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, who served two consecutive three-year terms as chair. He completed an update of the code in 2014 and is currently finalizing a new guide for 2016. Work has begun on a revision of the code to produce a 2017 version and to continue development of a third document, Report on Disaster Resistant Concrete Houses.
Wilson has served as a member of ACI 301 since 2000. She served as secretary in the update of the ACI 301-16 Specifications for Structural Concrete. ACI 301 produces the specification on a schedule to match the ACI 318 building code cycle. The chair appoints or confirms the committee membership for a 5-year term.
Contact Michelle Wilson or Jamie Farny
Research and Technology
Conference Offers Inaugural Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention Symposium
PCA’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee offers its first “Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention (FSI) Symposium” on May 16 at the 58th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference. The comprehensive seminar focuses exclusively on safety at the cement plant. Topics include an overview of fatalities and serious injuries at cement plants; FSI prevention; recent changes to confined space regulations, engineering evaluations of structural integrity; insights into leadership and behaviors that impact safety and fall prevention. The conference is May 15-19 in Dallas, Texas.
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Contact Rick Bohan
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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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