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.

Introducing: The Concrete Innovations Learning Center!

Sponsored by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in collaboration with Build With Strength and Pave Ahead, the Concrete Innovations Learning Center will bring practitioners, researchers and policy makers together to exchange the latest ideas, knowledge, and tools for sustainable concrete design, construction and manufacturing.

Check out our exciting line-up of speakers and presentations:

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint

Presented by NRMCA’s Executive Vice President of Structure and Sustainability, Lionel Lemay, and NRMCA’s Director of Building Innovation, Brandon Wray, this presentation will discuss the top ten strategies to best utilize the benefits of concrete while ensuring a low carbon footprint.

An Owner’s Perspective: How to be Sustainable without Sacrificing Profit

This presentation by CarbonCure will provide insights on evolving industry leadership, ESG initiatives as a defining characteristic of exceptional companies, how to maximize ROI with CarbonCure and other green building technologies, and how purpose-driven leadership can define a company’s brand and legacy.

NRMCA Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration for Concrete

Presented by NRMCA’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Katie Poss, and NRMCA’s Manager of Codes and Sustainability Programs, Matthew Lemay, this presentation will focus on the NRMCA IW-EPD and Benchmarks and how they are used to create concrete projects with a lower environmental and carbon footprint.

We hope you will join us for this important and informative webinar. Register to attend the learning session today! Can’t make it? Visit www.concreteinnovations.com for upcoming sessions this year.

New Course on Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings Launched Online

NRMCA launched a course titled Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Structures for Hanley Wood University. When looking at the environmental impacts of a building, it is important to assess every stage of the environmental life cycle, from material extraction and product manufacturing to building operations and maintenance through to end-of-life.

Concrete offers many environmental attributes that help reduce the overall environmental life cycle impacts of a building. This session explores how life cycle assessment can be used to measure and lower the environmental impacts of buildings.

View the course here: https://www.hanleywooduniversity.com/search/nrmca.

Contact Katie Poss at KPoss@nrmca.org or 615-979-7264.

The Business Case for Building Multifamily Buildings with Concrete (On-demand)

AIA-CES: ICF101.3OD | 1 LU/HSW (1 Hour) | 1 PDH | 0.1 CEU

This presentation provides insight on the economic benefits of building multifamily residential buildings 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.

Who Should Attend?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Building Owners and Product Manufacturers

Instructors

Chris Dagosta, Senior Director, Building Innovations, NRMCA

Ryan Bedford, President, Bedford Development

Register Here

California Climate Action Webinars

Build with Strength, along with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA) and California Construction and Industry Materials Association (CalCIMA) are proud to sponsor AIA California’s Climate Action Webinar Series. AIA Seattle is co-promoting the webinars through sponsorship of NRMCA and the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA). Through this webinar series, participants can learn how sustainable construction and architecture is possible. NRMCA, CNCA, CalCIMA and WACA are excited to sponsor and present these important webinars:


Fundamentals of Concrete

Summer 2021 Special: 20% off

NRMCA is offering 20% off the regular price of their popular Fundamental of concrete on-demand webinar series. The course presents the nuts and bolts of concrete materials, mixtures, and construction practices. From the materials used to make concrete, the standards they must meet, the way it’s made, delivered, placed and finished. If you are a design professional, contractor, concrete producer, or a supplier to the concrete industry, this course is a must. If you are new to concrete, this is your crash course on your way to becoming a concrete pro. If you’ve worked with concrete for a long time, this will be an excellent refresher on the latest methods, techniques and standards for concrete. The course is taught online, in three parts of three hours each. Each part costs $80, 20% off the regular price.

Part 1: Essentials of Quality Concrete | Register Online

Part 2: Forming, Handling, Placing and Finishing Concrete | Register Online

Part 3: Concrete Standards, Requirements and Specifications | Register Online

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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Concrete Academy

Build with Strength is proud to sponsor the Concrete Academy on BNP Media’s Continuing Education Center. The Concrete Academy explores the emerging topic of concrete and Net Zero buildings, including innovations, specifications and designing with concrete for Net Zero. The concept of Net Zero buildings, which aims to improve the negative environmental impact of the built environment, is a key component of the discussion on concrete sustainability. Across the world, concrete is one of the most popular building materials due to its affordability and durability. In addition, concrete is often used because of its thermal mass, or ability to store heat energy, which can reduce energy use in buildings. However, increasingly concrete manufacturers are discussing the sustainability issues associated with concrete production, specifically around the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Visit https://continuingeducation.bnpmedia.com/academies/concrete to see the 7 courses offered.

Hanley Wood University

Build with Strength is proud to sponsor concrete courses at Hanley Wood University. The courses explore the critical topics of concrete including innovations, specifications and designing with concrete for strength, durability, resilience and sustainability. Concrete is one of the most popular building materials due to its affordability and durability. In addition, concrete is often used because of its thermal mass, or ability to store heat energy, which can reduce energy use in buildings. Courses offered on Hanley Wood University explore Pathways to Resilience, Concrete Innovations, Specifying Sustainable Concrete and much more.

Visit https://www.hanleywooduniversity.com/search/NRMCA/ to see the 10 courses offered.



Other Education Programs

Build with Strength and the NRMCA Design Center Team offers the programs listed above and the following programs upon request for lunch and learns, conferences and other events. Contact Derek Torres, dtorres@nrmca.org, (973) 876-0938.

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: Derek Torres, dtorres@nrmca.org, (973) 876-0938.

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: Derek Torres, dtorres@nrmca.org, (973) 876-0938.

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: Derek Torres, dtorres@nrmca.org, (973) 876-0938.

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: Derek Torres, dtorres@nrmca.org, (973) 876-0938.