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ASTM Committee on Sustainability aims to define resiliency

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability is drafting a proposed standard, WK54254, to help reach a consensus-driven, widely applicable definition of resiliency, and enable evaluation of that characteristic in products and materials.

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NCMA, NRMCA, PCA align with AIA-led Resilience Building Coalition

Sources: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

AIA and National Institute of Building Sciences officials, along with representatives of 38 design and construction industry organizations, have released “Preparing to Thrive: The Building Industry Statement on Resilence – Helping communities construct a more certain future,” a progress report surrounding a 2014 Resilience Building Coalition initiative.

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Silicon Valley builder patents optimized reinforced concrete structural scheme

Sources: Swenson Group, San Jose, Calif.; CP staff

Northern California contractor and developer Swenson Group has secured a patent for a reinforced concrete design suited to mid- to high-rise buildings, with strategically located outer columns and perimeter shear walls; optimal interior column placement; deflection-resisting, cantilevered floor slabs of 6- to 8-in. thickness; and, up to four-hour fire-rated assemblies. Equal to California Seismic Safety Codes for Hospitals and Emergency buildings, the Landmaker has been used in six Swenson projects around Silicon Valley, most recently San Jose’s Century Center Towers and Centerra Apartments.

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