AEC Professionals Discover the Sustainable Rewards of Concrete at NRMCA Workshops

The surging demand for green and sustainable buildings and infrastructure requires an evolution in the building materials you select and how you use them. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association – Workshops at Ecobuild America 2005, will demonstrate how innovative concrete building systems and technologies, such as pervious concrete pavement and insulating concrete form, provide an array of environmental and economic building solutions.

Exton, PA (PRWEB) May 26, 2005 -- The surging demand for green and sustainable buildings and infrastructure requires an evolution in the building materials you select and how you use them. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association – Workshops at Ecobuild America 2005, will demonstrate how innovative concrete building systems and technologies, such as pervious concrete pavement and insulating concrete form, provide an array of environmental and economic building solutions.

NRMCA, recognized as one of the construction industry’s leading advocates for sustainable building practices, will present a carefully crafted program of workshops arming facility owners, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and environmental consultants with the knowledge and resources required to leverage the dramatic, sustainable advantages of concrete.

At the NRMCA Worskshops, building professionals will discover the latest advances in concrete and its use in stormwater runoff mitigation and structural wall systems to minimize the environmental impact of construction and maximize points in the LEED Green Building Rating System.

“The use of pervious pavement is considered a best management practice (BMP) by the EPA and is a ‘point obtaining’ solution to reducing stormwater runoff and improving water quality in the LEED Green Building Rating System. Pervious solutions also save money in numerous ways including reduced requirements for expensive drainage systems and detention ponds, and allow for greater site utilization by the owner,” explains Dan Huffman, NRMCA National Resource Director.

Mr. Huffman adds, “Innovations in tilt-up wall construction, forming, concrete floor and roofing systems, can significantly increase energy efficiency and increase the speed of construction – a major cost consideration. The improved wall and roofing systems increase effective R-value and results in substantially lower energy bills and increased occupant comfort.”

The program content includes:

- When It Rains, It Drains: An Introduction to Pervious Concrete Pavement

This is a free session for all Ecobuild America attendees.

Registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the following workshops, offered for a nominal fee, are part of NRMCA’s Continuing Education Series and provide CEU credits in all professional disciplines:

- Maximizing LEED Points with Concrete
- Reducing Storm Water Runoff with Pervious Concrete
- Energy Performance of Concrete Building Systems

The NRMCA Workshops are a must for architectural, engineering and construction professionals who want to harness the power of concrete to maximize sustainability and LEED points on their projects.. An added benefit to the program is NRMCA’s strategic co-location with the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council’s (SBIC’s) Ecobuild America June 20 -23 which explores the breadth of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential green building techniques, construction products, renewable energy resources, sustainable design and ecological planning processes, with particular emphasis on the lifecycle of the built environment.

SBIC’s Ecobuild America will be hosted at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort, NRMCA runs June 21, 8:00am – 5:00pm in Orlando, Florida. Register now at www.ecobuildamerica.com

About RCG Productions LLC
RCG Productions LLC (Exton, Pa.)
produces Ecobuild America, AEC-ST, the National Specifiers Conference, FM/IT and the AEC/GIS IT Analyst Conference. RCG principals, George Borkovich, Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and Chris Gibson have a depth of experience in technology and event planning, including the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. For more information, visit www.ecobuildamerica.com and www.aecst.com.

About Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
SBIC teaches, values, and advocates a balanced, holistic approach to designing new buildings. Many terms are used to describe improved buildings, such as green, sustainable, high performance, and environmentally responsive. SBIC is mindful these ideas must be kept in context with other equally important design objectives, such as aesthetics, accessibility, cost effectiveness, flexibility, high productivity, and security. SBIC members believe all sustainable buildings must be low-energy, climate-responsive, use minimal fossil fuels and cleaner, renewable energy. Working in close partnership with federal agencies, policy makers, and national laboratories, the council has led the way in “Advancing a ‘whole building’ approach to design™.” For more information, visit www.SBICouncil.org.

About NRMA
For 75 years, NRMCA has served the ready mixed concrete and construction industries through product research and education leadership. The association is recognized as leading advocate for sustainable building practices and provides more than 150 training and education seminars in the U.S. each year. www.nrmca.org.

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