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Resistivity Project Interim Report Now Available – The researchers at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)’s Research Lab have released an interim report titled “Improving the Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete – Phase A Report”. The report is available from the Concrete Applications page on our website. The final report is expected next year.

8th Annual Walk for Wellness Registration Now Open – The Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Walk for Wellness on Saturday, October 5, 2019, in conjunction with the National Truck Mixer Driver Championship at NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2019. This popular event emphasizes the importance of wellness in the concrete industry and is an excellent way to support the Foundation! Registration is $25 per walker and is tax deductible as a donation to the Foundation. Back by popular demand, we will again offer to particpants a free 15 minute chair massage as a benefit of participation. More information and a registration link may be accessed here. Sponsorships of the event are also available here. Sponsorships provide a great way to demonstrate your company’s support for the Foundation, the industry and for wellness!

Foundation to Have Strong Presence at NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2019 – The Foundation will have a booth near NRMCA’s Registration Desk where several new deliverables and other resources will be available. Updates on the Foundation’s work will take place at several committee meetings and as part of NRMCA’s Board meeting. Additionally, donors to the Foundation who are exhibiting as part of ConcreteWorks will be highlighted in several ways throughout the conference. For more information or to become a donor, please contact Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini.

BASF Holds Successful Walk for Sustainability to Benefit the Foundation – In June, BASF held their annual Walk for Sustainability, raising over $3,400 to benefit the Foundation. In its sixth year, this year’s walk included over 60 participants. We appreciate BASF’s support by holding this walk every year. If you are interested in holding a company-wide walk or other event to support the Foundation, please contact Jennifer LeFevre for more information.

MIT CSHub Resources Augmented Regularly – The Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continuously adds additional resources to its website, including:

  • New research briefs: The researchers regularly release new research briefs on a variety of topics, which may be found on the MIT CSHub News Page;
  • Webinars: Several webinars are produced each year with links to recordings available for viewing after the webinar. The most recent webinar, “Reducing the Environmental Impact of Concrete Through Performance-Based Specifications” included the participation of NRMCA’s Dr. Colin Lobo and Dr. Karthik Obla. The schedule of upcoming webinars and links to the recordings may be found on the webinar page; and
  • Carbin App: Recently, the researchers at the CSHub helped to launch the Carbin App which helps to gather road data and use it to demonstrate the need for increased infrastructure investment to policy makers. More information may be found on a recent Foundation Spotlight piece and at the Fix My Road page. If you manage a fleet, please consider having all of your drivers use the Carbin app as the road miles traveled will significantly add to the data collected.

Coming Down the Pike – We anticipate the release of several new deliverables this year, including:

  • Guide to Concrete Trails within the next month;
  • Impact of Extended Mixing Time on Concrete Durability and Performance by early October;
  • Thermal Performance Comparison Between ICF and Wood/Steel Frame Assemblies for Both Heating and Cooling by October;
  • Improving Specifications to Resist Frost Damage in Modern Concrete Mixtures by year’s end;
  • The Role of Air Content and SCM Replacement in Deicing Salt Joint Damage in Concrete by year’s end; and
  • Improving Concrete Durability by year’s end.

Look for news releases on these new resources or check our homepage regularly for links to newly-available releases. 


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