Build With Strength and NRMCA offer 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-learns to webinars. The following educational opportunities are available to industry professionals through Build with Strength and NRMCA.

Upcoming Webinars

Join concrete experts for a two day event that will explore the concept and achievement of net zero construction. Over the course of several sessions with industry and research leaders, we will work to define the concept of net zero from an embodied and energy standpoint to present different strategies to achieve net zero buildings. Participants can earn up to 4 continuing education credits when they join for all sessions. Topics will include context and definitions, design, material innovations, specifications, construction, building science, and more. Sign up today!

This series was developed cooperatively with concrete associations throughout the Midwest with the goal of bringing greater awareness to the sustainability and resilience of concrete building systems. Several educational webinars will cover the following topics with expert speakers:

Sign up for any and all sessions at the links above!

Global Concrete Summit On-Demand

This first of a kind virtual event was held from November 30-December 10! If you missed it, there is still time to register for on-demand content. Over 16 hours of continuing education from over 30 speakers.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Grey Matters and other partners and sponsors presented the first ever Global Concrete Summit from November 30 to December 10. This first-of-a-kind virtual conference and product expo brought practitioners, researchers, and policy makers together to exchange the latest ideas, knowledge, and tools to build the future of concrete construction. Experts from around the world presented on the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance, and research of concrete as it relates to sustainable development. Topics include innovation, resilience, life cycle assessment, low impact development, social responsibility, human health, and more.

But if you missed the conference, there is still time to register at a reduced rate to view the on-dement content.

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Questions? Contact Lionel Lemay, LLemay@nrmca.org, 847-922-7995.

The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint

Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile. As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

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On-Demand Webinars

These are the same highly attended live webinars we offer but in a recorded format so you can take them at your pace, on your schedule. The webinars are free and offer AIA-CES Learning Units for architects and Professional Development Hours (PDH) for engineers. New on-demand courses will be added every week. Click on the titles below to register:

We also have many on-demand courses available through Hanley Wood University:

This course provides an overview of concrete making materials and the properties required for plastic and hardened concrete. Factors that influence the quality of concrete will be covered. It will discuss some of the mechanical and durability characteristics required of concrete for various applications subjected to different exposure conditions. The materials used in concrete mixtures, including portland and blended cement, supplementary cementitious materials, aggregates, water and admixtures will be discussed along with the general concepts of proportioning concrete mixtures. This course also covers the basics of troubleshooting concrete, such as workability, placeability, finishability, and causes for cracking and other problems.

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This course is an overview of the proper methods and procedures for transporting, forming, placing and finishing concrete. The material covers transporting, forms, placement tips, concrete conveying devices, and curing concrete, as well as precautions for hot and cold weather concreting. It briefly discusses some problems associated with improper construction practices that can result in cracking, scaling and other defects in the finished structure and resources to select repair methods.

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This course covers the Building Code requirements for concrete materials (ACI 318) and the specifications for concrete as addressed in ACI 301, Specification for Structural Concrete. The presentation covers strength and durability requirements for concrete as addressed in these industry standards. The third session covers tips for improving project specifications including how to reference national consensus standards and present performance criteria for concrete.

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Live Webinars

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.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

This presentation provides guidance for architects, engineers and builders on how to design and build high performance reinforced concrete multifamily residential buildings using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility of highly engineered rigid insulation, ICFs provide ideal solutions for apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories and assisted living facilities. With increased attention to occupant safety and comfort, design professionals can take advantage of concrete’s inherent fire resistance and noise reduction qualities, important features when designing multifamily residential buildings. This presentation will address how the thermal properties of ICFs, combining the high R-value of rigid insulation with the thermal mass of concrete, offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term. The article will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF concrete construction to take full advantage of these benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value to building owners.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation, provide an ideal solution for commercial and institutional buildings. With a lower first cost than wood and steel construction, ICFs improves occupant safety, fire resistance and noise transmission for office, hospital, school and retail buildings, among others. This presentation will address how the thermal properties of ICFs, combining the high R-value of rigid insulation with the thermal mass of concrete, offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term. The presentation will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF construction to take full advantage of these benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

This presentation provides insight on the economic benefits of building multifamily residential with concrete using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, ICFs provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories and assisted living facilities. ICFs are remarkably cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs. ICFs offer fire resistance and noise reduction qualities, important features with substantial cost saving. The presentation provides guidance on areas where ICFs can reduce construction schedules further improving the bottom line. Cost comparisons are presented to demonstrate how building with ICFs can increase your return on investment from a first-cost perspective and long-term income strategy.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

Other AIA-Approved Programs

NRMCA has other AIA-approved programs available to help designers, owners and developers to utilize concrete for their projects.  These other AIA-approved courses are:

A Developer/Builder’s Perspective: Panelized ICFs + Helix Rebar

Architect’s Perspective on Building with Concrete Using ICF & Passive House Case Study

Buildings-Related Research at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub

Environmental Advantages of Concrete Systems

Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Structures

Opportunities in NetZero School Design

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.