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8 CEMENT AMERICAS • Fall 2018 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE A strategic partnership between the recently chartered Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is intended to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors and their value chains, while creating work program synergies benefitting both organi- zations' members. Work carried out by the WBCSD-hosted Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) will be transferred to GCCA in 2019. "The GCCA and WBCSD are natural partners. This long-term agreement formalizes our relationship, enabling the two organizations to work together efficiently on our many com- mon objectives and areas of interest," said GCCA President and CRH Plc CEO Albert Manifold. "Transferring the activi- ties of the CSI to GCCA is a logical step and further underlines the cement and concrete sector's commitment to advance sustainable development across the construction cycle. As the authoritative worldwide voice of cement and concrete, the GCCA is ideally placed to take this work to the next level, building on the strong foundations established by WBCSD." Established in 1999 and now representing 24 major cement producers, the CSI focuses on understanding, measuring, managing and minimizing the impacts of cement produc- tion and use by addressing climate change, energy con- sumption, employee health and safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management. Three in four, or 74 percent, of Americans say proposals to allow taller buildings to be constructed with wood raise serious concerns for public safety, according to a nation- wide poll conducted by Hart Research on behalf of the Port- land Cement Association (PCA). Proposed code changes that would allow the use of mass timber in the construction of buildings up to 18 stories will be voted on in October by the International Code Council (ICC), which develops the model building code. "Most people don't know what materials were used to build their home, school, hospital or office building – so the build- ing codes that shaped those construction decisions are way off their radar," said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. "We wanted to take the pulse of Americans to learn what they think about proposals to build taller structures using wood, and we got a very clear picture: they don't like it." According to the poll, three in four respondents, or 74 per- cent, think it's a bad idea to allow high-rise construction using wood. Further, three in four respondents, or 74 per- cent, also say they'd be personally uncomfortable doing business in buildings built using wood products, such as cross-laminated timber. When asked why they had concerns about such proposals, the following percentage of respondents volunteered spe- cific reasons, which are summarized here: • Wood is less strong than other building materials like steel and concrete, it's not as sturdy or durable and could break (52 percent). • Wood is more flammable, more likely to burn and pres- ents a greater fire hazard (31 percent). • Wood is more susceptible to weather damage and weather events (including earthquakes and hurricanes), it is less safe and will decompose or rot faster than other materials (18 percent). "It's time Americans were made aware of this threat, and that they can have a say in whether the wood industry gets a fast-tracked path to being able to build high-rise buildings across the country," Ireland said, urging people to visit stop- tallwood.com to get engaged. PCA Poll: Majority of Americans Concerned Over Wooden High-Rises WBCSD Announces Strategic Partnership with GCCA St. Marys Cement Holds Public Forum The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing in regard to a permit request from St. Mary's Cement that would likely increase industrial and construc- tion activities near Fisherman's Island State Park, reported the Petoskey News-Review. Company officials are hoping to build a safety berm and perimeter access road near the Charlevoix plant's southern

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