Cement Americas

APR 2019

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www.cementamericas.com • Spring 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 11 ASSOCIATION NEWS "We applaud these companies who are taking the lead in cutting energy costs and reducing waste," said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. "These lead- ers are proving that energy efficiency is good for business and for the envi- ronment – by fostering innovation, increasing competitiveness, and reducing air pollution." PCA Applauds Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to EPA Administrator T h e P o r t l a n d Cement Asso- c i a t i o n ( P C A ) congratulated Acting Admin- istrator Andrew Wheeler on his confirmation as Administrator of the Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA). PCA applauded the Senate for his confir- mation, ensuring regulatory certainty for the cement and concrete industry, while guaranteeing the vital mission of the agency continues. PCA President and CEO Michael Ire- land remarked, "We congratulate Mr. Wheeler on his confirmation. We encourage him to continue the bal- ance protecting human health and the environment while providing America's manufacturers the regula- tory stability for economic growth." PCA endorsed Acting Administrator Wheeler in a letter last month, not- ing his strong institutional knowledge and leadership to enhance economic growth in American industries while protecting the environment. Ireland added, " The cement indus- try looks forward to continuing to work constructively with Wheeler to expand the use of alternative fuels, and modernize permitting to assist manufacturers in making efficiency improvements that will benefit indus- try and the public. Andrew Wheeler Cement Association of Can- ada Decries Lack of Wood Building Safety in BC The Cement Association of Cana- da (CAC) expressed surprise at the announcement by the government of British Columbia (BC) that they would bypass the ongoing 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) pro- cesses and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulat- ed mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12 stories. The Building Code review process is not yet complete. Of greatest concern, especially in the context of high seismic zones in BC, is that there are, as of yet, no approved seismic design specifications for 12-story cross-laminated timber build- ings in the 2020 NBCC. These discus- sions are currently ongoing and rec- ommendations will not be approved until later this year. There is a significant amount of evi- dence available that refutes wood industry claims about tall wood build- ing safety, earthquake resistance, r e s i l i e n t c o n - s t r u c t i o n a n d e nv i ro n m e nta l p e r f o r m a n c e that needs to be c l o s e l y e x a m - ined in a trans- parent way. C A C p re s i d e n t and CEO Michael McSweeney stated, "While the BC Government's intent to increase market share for BC wood products is understandable, and while the Cement Association supports the Horgan Government's actions to address a severe affordable housing situation, allowing municipalities to approve 12-story encapsulated mass timber construction in the absence of approved seismic specifications for this form of construction is premature. These discussions are currently ongo- ing and no decision or recommenda- tions for the use of encapsulated mass timber construction has been made by the NBCC. Canada's codes and stan- dards system is the envy of the world and all governments should support Michael McSweeney

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