The following educational opportunities are available to industry professionals through NRMCA.
Concrete Buildings Education Programs
NRMCA offers several courses on the design and construction of high performance concrete buildings. Courses can be tailored to different formats—from all-day seminars, half-day seminars, lunch-and-earns to webinars.
Building Green with Concrete
This six-hour course provides detailed instruction on how to design with concrete to maximize environmental performance of buildings. It helps attendees utilize concrete building systems to design high performance buildings that conserve energy, maximize occupant comfort and lower environmental impact. The seminar also provides detailed background on low impact development including stormwater best management practices, green roofs and minimizing urban heat island reduction. The course also includes suggestions on how to incorporate optimal recycled content into concrete to balance environmental impact and long-term durability. The course also provides details on how concrete can be used to meet LEED v4 requirements including the new Materials and Resources credits.
Economical Design of Concrete Buildings
This course presents information and tools that can be used by structural engineers and other design professionals to design and detail economical concrete buildings. Reinforced concrete has long been recognized as the material of choice for many building types including residential, hospitality, office, commercial, institutional, healthcare, and education. Inherent characteristics of reinforced concrete buildings are resistance to fire, natural disasters, and man-made disasters; durability; noise reduction; vibration resistance; and energy efficiency. The main purpose of the course is to present information on how to select economical reinforced concrete framing systems including conventionally reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, insulating concrete forming systems and tilt-up concrete to take advantage of concrete’s many benefits.
Disaster Resilience at the Local Level
Concrete has long been recognized as the material of choice for resilient construction. Resilience has become an important dimension of sustainability, and a key element of the value proposition for high performance because it recognizes both the immediate risks of extreme weather and the long-term effects of climate change. The green building movement has traditionally focused on the environmental aspects of the construction industry while balancing social considerations. Part 1 of this program will consider the impacts of disaster events, the benefits of hazard mitigation through resilience planning and why sustainability must now consider the effects of extreme weather. In Part 2, participants will contribute in a table-top exercise and assign risks and consequences to their community. By understanding local risks, teams decide how to best utilize their tools and resources saving lives specified property.
Concrete Value & Innovations
A prime ingredient of sustainable architecture is longevity. If a building doesn’t last, it wastes of a lot of energy, from both a human and a resource perspective, not to mention the economic value. Durability is the ultimate profitability. Builders are realizing that the promise of low first-cost is insufficient for portfolio value generation. From energy efficiency, lower insurance costs, and moisture resistance, barriers to a concrete structure increasingly collapse when industry professionals are equipped with the right design tools and knowledge.
Building materials also play a big role in deciding the safety and resiliency of our structures. From Edgewater to Houston to Los Angeles, the increased incidences of apartment fire conflagrations have provided a glimpse of what it looks like when the predicted effects of inferior building materials and code trade-offs work in tandem. The results are not pretty. Through design solutions demonstrated in this workshop, we can focus on strength rather than disaster response, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value to the owners.
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