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NPCA revises QC Manual for Precast Concrete Plants

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

The National Precast Concrete Association Quality Assurance/Quality Control Committee has finalized the 14th Edition of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants, posted here.

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EPA clarifies federal vs. state jurisdiction in definitive waters rule

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With the backdrop of the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. A clear definition for “waters of the United States,” it lays to rest one of the most contentious EPA actions—a 2015 Clean Water Act reinterpretation expanding federal authority over bodies of water minuscule and massive—attempted under the Obama administration.  

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‘Protecting the Workforce’ campaign guides OSHA to 50th anniversary

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with a yearlong celebration of past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives to protect the American workforce. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970, the OSH Act was created "to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women," laying the groundwork for creation of OSHA the following spring. 

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Durability Code anchors ACI Foundation Council Forum program

Source: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich. 

A panel presentation, “What the New Durability Code Will Mean to You,” anchors the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council’s Technology Forum 47, February 11-13 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, S.C. ACI Committee 201, Durability member Dr. Lawrence Sutter will moderate a discussion where subject matter experts share knowledge and highlight ACI code from owner, designer, contractor, and researcher perspectives. 

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2021 Energy Code sets table for double-digit efficiency gains

Sources: New Buildings Institute, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

Approved 2021 International Energy Conservation Code ballot items will bring an estimated 10 percent or greater efficiency improvement for residential and commercial building envelopes in jurisdictions abiding the code. IECC changes will lower building energy use for decades, reduce costs, and help mitigate carbon emissions from the built environment, proponents note.

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