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Introduction to Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Concrete Reinforcement (Rebar Alternatives)
This 1-hour course focuses on giving the attendee a basic understanding of what Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) is and its uses in construction. The attendee will learn why there is benefits for concrete to be reinforced with GFRP and what applications make the most sense for its use. The pros and cons, as well as common misconceptions of the product, will be covered. Additionally, differences in designing concrete structures with FRP based on the ACI 440.11-2022 Code will be covered.
After attending this session, participants should be able to
- Understand what alternatives to steel rebar are in the market, including Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP).
- Articulate the material advantages of GFRP over steel rebar as reinforcement in concrete, specifically focused on increased strength, lighter weight, and complete resistance to corrosion.
- Identify applications that stand to benefit from selection of GFRP over traditional steel rebar: high corrosion environments, marine, difficult-to-maintain, cost sensitive, etc.
- Aware of the incorporation of GFRP into building codes: ASTM D7957, ACI 440.1 (referenced by ACI 318), TMS 402/602-22 (forthcoming), AASHTO GFRP-1
- Understand best practices for the use of GFRP in construction
Permeable Articulating Concrete Blocks (P-ACB) for Stormwater Management
- After attending this session, participants should be able to: Compare and Contrast Articulating Concrete Blocks (ACB) [ASTM D6684] with Interlocking Concrete Pavers [ASTM C936]. Both of these systems support sustainable building by helping to better manage stormwater, because they are permeable pavement surfaces. The presence of open joints, substantially changes the properties of the system.
- After attending this session, participants should be able to: Understand how a P-ACB pavement system can be installed. The ideal process is: 1) Plan out the system, 2) Place and compact the base (including geofabrics) 3) Place the blocks 4) Place and pave asphalt/concrete. Correct installation is critical for its performance as a stormwater best management practice.
- After attending this session, participants should be able to understand the expected performance of a P-ACB pavement system as a stormwater best management practice.
- After attending this session, participants should be able to understand best practices to maintain a P-ACB pavement system to ensure proper performance over the life of the product as a stormwater best management practice
Concrete as a Sustainable Building Material
As the concrete industry begins to grapple with the concept of sustainability, it is important to understand the complex factors to consider in truly declaring something sustainable. This presentation begins by helping the audience to understand why being sustainable matters, and why CO2 has been the critical focus of environmentalist and more recently regulators. It then leads the audience to more broadly discuss sustainability not as a single metric (CO2 emissions), but as a multivariable conversation. Critically concrete is well positioned to address many of these present challenges by simply reframing the conversations we have with the construction community. It also highlights some newer developments that will position the concrete industry to be leaders on issues of sustainable development.
- Understand the growing scale of real dollar impacts of climate change
- Understand why CO2 has been a focus of environmentalists and regulators
- Understand that sustainable is more than just the lowest CO2 emissions, but rather a multivariable problem
- Show that concrete is well positioned to address the full breadth of the sustainability challenge
More Sustainable Concrete
Concrete is among the largest sources of embodied carbon emissions during building construction. When batching concrete it is possible to sequester CO2 reducing the carbon footprint of concrete through the process of CO₂ mineralization.
This course presents an overview of global emissions challenges, reviews the carbon reduction goals of green building programs, and discusses how the cement and concrete industry can use innovative CO₂ mineralization technology to reduce embodied carbon while increasing performance [CarbonCure]. Building materials and construction account for approximately 11% of annual global CO₂ emissions; in order to shrink the carbon footprint of new buildings, embodied carbon in concrete must be reduced.
Unique Brick Architecture
Current trends in architecture include the desire to reintroduce traditional articulated detailing concepts in a modern way. This course discusses the various types of features that can be incorporated into anchored brick veneer, the limits of the prescriptive limits presented in the Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402), and general detailing concepts to adapt these types of details to anchored brick veneer construction.
Proper Brick Masonry Detailing
Methods for keeping water out of the wall assembly is top priority in this talk. We’ll also discuss movement (expansion joints), how to add accent materials to a masonry wall, and special details such as corbelling and curved brick walls.
We identify various types of cracks that occur in masonry and how to avoid them. Material properties that affect movement are explained and how and why movement joints used to accommodate these movements. Optimal sizing and spacing of expansion joints are explained. This is good, basic information that every designer should know. The participant will be able to successfully design movement joints into buildings after this seminar.
Incorporating the Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick
While frequently chosen for aesthetics and durability, clay brick is not often considered when energy efficiency is a primary concern, even though it historically played a significant role in occupant comfort before widespread use of HVAC systems. This course discusses the basics of heat transfer, relevant energy code provisions for walls, and how current research by the National Brick Research Center demonstrates the role that brick veneer can play in meeting or exceeding energy requirements in modern wall assemblies.
Combinations of Materials
These days, most buildings include multiple exterior materials brick, steel, glass, stone – and systems, such as curtain walls and EIFS. Participants will learn how brick performs with other building materials and how to combine them without creating problems. Brick and mortar, steel, block and stone combinations will be discussed.
Cavity Wall Design and Construction
We cover the proper design of these long-lasting brick- and-block assemblies, with emphasis on water resistance and crack control. This talk also covers a short history of cavity walls and properties of cavity walls including fire resistance, thermal design, and wall tie requirements. Since workmanship issues have such an impact on performance we discuss materials and installation procedures that promote proper performance.
Brick Veneer / Steel Stud Walls
These cost-effective wall systems have come a long way since they first appeared in the 1960s. You’ll learn to properly design and detail brick veneer/steel stud walls, including material specifications, wall ties, and insulation. You’ll also learn more about typical brick detailing issues, such as flashing and expansion joints.
Brick Paving Systems
Various brick paving systems are more appropriate to certain applications—patios, sidewalks, and other pedestrian venues are very different from requirements for vehicular routes. You’ll learn basic information about ASTM paver standards, base design, setting beds, edge restraints, bond patterns, and installation.
Manufactured Stone Veneer Overview
This presentation reviews the key components of adhered manufactured stone veneer (MSV) systems, minimum building code requirements and ASTM standards governing manufactured stone and its installation, and industry recommendations addressing gaps not covered by existing building code requirements.
At the end of the presentation, participants will:
- Understand the MSV system and its components.
- Know material and property requirements for manufactured stone units contained in the building code.
- Learn detailing and installation practices for manufactured stone for performance and durability
- Know code requirements and ASTM standards applicable to MSV systems.
Keywords: manufactured stone, adhered veneer, code requirements, detailing
SRW Best Practices
This presentation introduces the best practices for specification, construction and inspection for segmental retaining wall (SRW) developed in since the industry started.
- Understand the industry recommendations for SRW design and construction
- Understand the industry recommendations for SRW inspection
- Be familiar with the SRW roles and responsibilities
- Understand material specifications for commercial SRW projects
Keywords: segmental retaining wall, best practices, SRW, geotechnical engineer, designer, site civil, design, construction, inspection, roles and responsibilities.
Introduction to SRW Systems
This presentation covers a basic overview of segmental retaining wall (SRW) systems and materials; including how SRW units are manufactured, terminology, soils, geosynthetics, and construction practices and requirements. This program is best suited for those with little to no background in segmental retaining wall systems or materials; or for those desiring a refresher course in segmental retaining walls. The information presented here is built upon in more advanced topics covered in other programs by NCMA.
- Understand the segmental retaining wall terminology
- Understand the components of an SRW system
- Be familiar with the minimum material requirements for SRW systems
- Be familiar with the material testing for SRW components
Keywords: segmental retaining wall, SRW, SRW specifications, designer, reinforced segmental retaining walls, geogrid, infill.
Energy Code Compliance with Concrete Masonry
This program presents an overview of energy code compliance, based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Details are provided on both prescriptive and trade-off compliance alternatives, with an emphasis on concrete masonry assemblies and resources. The uses and advantages of the COMcheck compliance program are presented.
- understand the various methods available for energy code compliance,
- use both the R-value and U-factor prescriptive tables within the International Energy Conservation Code,
- understand application of the COMcheck program, and
- utilize concrete masonry energy resources.
Keywords: energy codes, concrete masonry, compliance, R-value, U-factor, COMcheck
Moisture Penetration Resistance of Concrete Masonry
This program provides a general overview of strategies to provide moisture-resistant concrete masonry assemblies, including material requirements and quality design and construction practices. A brief overview of mold and mold abatement is also included.
- Identify key material characteristics desirable for moisture-resistant assemblies.
- Recognize the basic types of CM wall construction, and the moisture-related qualities of each.
- Know the basics of effective flashing/weep installations
- Know how to effectively incorporate sealants and water repellents in concrete masonry assemblies
Keywords: concrete masonry, water penetration, water repellents, sealants, flashing
Quality Assurance and Inspection
This presentation provides an overview to the inspection and quality assurance requirements associated with concrete masonry construction as required by the International Building and Residential Codes (IBC and IRC) and TMS 602, Specification for Masonry Structures.
- Distinguish between quality assurance and quality control
- Understand the code requirements for concrete masonry construction
- Identify necessary tasks for the various levels of concrete masonry inspection
- Evaluate tolerances in masonry construction
Keywords: concrete masonry, inspection, quality assurance, code requirements, construction tolerances
Thermal Performance Introduction
Increased energy efficiency in both new and existing construction is continuing to play a larger factor behind the design decisions we make and materials we choose to integrate into our buildings. This presentation introduces the basics of energy efficient design using concrete masonry construction. The concepts of thermal mass, insulation strategies, thermal bridging, code compliance options, and control of air infiltration/exfiltration are reviewed.
- The role of thermal mass in building design, increased energy efficiency, and enhanced occupant comfort.
- The role R-values play in the design of building envelopes and code compliance.
- Understanding and applying the design options for compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
- Methods and detailing for the control of air infiltration and exfiltration for increased energy efficiency and occupant comfort.
Keywords: concrete masonry, thermal mass, energy efficiency, R-values, U-factors, design resources, insulation, thermal bridging, air leakage, energy use, ASHRAE, International Energy Conservation Code
Architectural Enhancements with Concrete Masonry
This presentation discusses the aesthetic benefits and options available when using concrete masonry materials and construction. Concrete masonry units are discussed, including available sizes, colors, textures, and finishes. Mortar and the effect of color, joint profiles, and tooling are reviewed. The various aesthetics that can be achieved by different types of bond patterns are introduced. Finally, examples of aesthetically pleasing concrete masonry buildings are shown and discussed.
- Review performance characteristics for CM wall systems.
- Explore unit design options for form & function available with CM materials.
- Learn how mortar options and bond patterns can enhance the performance & aesthetics of your design.
- Review how these design elements have been integrated into completed buildings.
Keywords: concrete masonry, aesthetics, masonry bond patterns, masonry mortar, color, texture.
Introduction to Sustainability: Concrete Masonry and Sustainability Programs
The topic of sustainable construction and ‘green’ building has become a market driver in recent years. Codes, standards, and ratings systems have been developed to address all aspects of sustainable construction. Concrete masonry systems and products are well suited to meet the needs and goals of such systems. This program will introduce basic concepts of sustainability, the governing standards and systems in North America, and how concrete masonry products and systems can help achieve compliance, credits, and sustainable buildings.
- Understand the core concepts of sustainability and green building.
- Understand the goals of sustainable construction and the needs of the green building industry
- Know the major codes, standards, and rating systems for sustainable construction
- Understand the areas where concrete masonry can contribute within sustainable codes and rating systems
Keywords: concrete masonry, sustainability, green building, rating systems
Crack Control in Concrete Masonry Walls
This presentation addresses the proper application of empirical crack control measures into concrete masonry wall systems as presented in NCMA TEK 10-2D. It includes causes of cracking, use of control joints and horizontal reinforcement to minimize cracking, details and banding (mixing courses of clay and concrete masonry).
- Causes of cracking in concrete masonry
- How to minimize cracking potential
- How to control cracking through the use of reinforcement and control joints
- How to maintain the fire resistance rating of a concrete masonry wall at a control joint
Keywords: banding, bond beams, carbonation, concrete masonry, construction details, control joints, crack control, expansion joints, joint reinforcement, movement, reinforcing steel, shrinkage, thermal movement, wall movement
Grouting Concrete Masonry Assemblies
This presentation addresses the requirements and procedures of grouting concrete masonry wall systems per the I-Codes and The Masonry Society Standards TMS 402 and 602. It includes material, inspection, testing, and placement requirements.
- ASTM and Code requirements for masonry grout materials.
- The difference between self-consolidating grout and conventional grout per code.
- The inspection and testing requirements for grout for concrete masonry as required by the building code
- Placement requirements for grout for concrete masonry per code.
Keywords: admixtures, aggregates, cleanouts, consolidation, demonstration panel, grout for concrete masonry, grouting, lift height, pour height, puddling, reinforced concrete masonry, self-consolidating grout, slump, testing
Sound Abatement & Noise Control
This presentation introduces the concepts of mitigating unwanted noise using concrete masonry assemblies and systems. Topics covered include a basic review of sound and noise, what requirements are mandated by building codes to address sound control, how to determine the sound transmission class and inside-outside transmission classification of building assemblies, noise reduction coefficients, and proper methods of detailing concrete masonry systems to maximize its effectiveness as a sound barrier.
- Common sources of internally- and externally-generated sounds and code minimum requirements for mitigating unwanted noise.
- Standardized means of calculating the sound transmission class (STC) and outside-inside transmission classification (OITC) of concrete masonry assemblies.
- Reflected versus absorbed sound and the role of the noise reduction coefficient in concrete masonry design.
- Appropriate layout and detailing options for maximizing sound reduction within buildings for optimum user comfort.
Keywords: concrete masonry, sound control, sound transmission class (STC), outside-inside transmission class (OITC), International Building Code, ASHRAE 189.1, sustainability, noise reduction coefficient (NRC), detailing, building layout
Fire Safety with Concrete Masonry
This course addresses the statistics associated with fires, discusses the balanced design of fire resistance for buildings, suppression and detection systems, as well as fire testing procedures and methods for determination of fire resistance ratings for concrete masonry assemblies including code approval calculation methods.
- Understand fire statistics and trends
- Apply the concepts of balanced design for fire safety
- Distinguish the methods of evaluating fire ratings for concrete masonry
- Utilize the code approved calculated method for determining fire resistance rating of concrete masonry assemblies
Concrete Masonry Codes, Standards, and Specifications
This presentation introduces the various codes, standards, and specifications that govern concrete masonry units, materials, design, and construction. Specific topics include ASTM standards for materials, Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402 and 602), and the relationship between these documents and the International Building Code (IBC). Typical specification formats and resources are also discussed.
- Understand the various reference standards used for concrete masonry materials and structures
- Understand the requirements for products and materials used in concrete masonry construction.
- Review and understand the basic code requirements for design and construction of concrete masonry.
- Understand the commonly used guide specifications for concrete masonry construction and resources available for preparing specifications for concrete masonry.
Keywords: concrete masonry, masonry standards, ASTM standards, specifications, building codes.
Concrete Masonry Overview
This presentation covers a basic overview of concrete masonry systems and materials; including how concrete masonry units are manufactured, masonry terminology, masonry mortars, masonry grouts, and construction practices and requirements. This program is best suited for those with little to no background in concrete masonry systems or materials; or for those desiring a refresher course in concrete masonry. The information presented here is built upon in more advanced topics covered in other programs by NCMA.
- The different types of manufactured concrete products and the process by which they are produced.
- Masonry-specific terminology and definitions; including code-specific terms as well as regional nomenclature.
- The standards covering manufactured concrete products and the relevant physical requirements stipulated within these standards.
- Products and materials used in the construction of concrete masonry systems, including reinforcing steel, grout, and mortar; and the relevant code provisions covering these materials.
Keywords: concrete masonry, mortar, grout, masonry terminology, masonry standards, ASTM specifications, masonry design, masonry construction, masonry overview.
Introduction to Concrete Masonry Production
This program provides a brief overview of production methods for concrete masonry units. Typical materials used in concrete masonry production are reviewed, along with the basic configuration and elements of CMU. The method of production from material control through to final product packaging is discussed. Finally, specialized processes for architectural finishes are reviewed.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Understand material components necessary for producing concrete masonry units
- Understand the evolution of production methods
- Understand the current production methods for concrete masonry units
- Understand special processes for architectural finishes
Keywords: concrete masonry units (CMU), concrete masonry production, architectural finishes
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