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12 CEMENT AMERICAS • Spring 2019 • www.cementamericas.com ASSOCIATION NEWS the development of rigorous codes that hold the trust of the people and protect its citizens." Setting aside the wood industry's envi- ronmental claims, which are increas- ingly called into question by academ- ics, national environmental groups and building professionals, McSwee- ney further stated, "In the majority of towns where we see lumber mills, we also see sand pits, quarries and ready mixed concrete plants, so the govern- ment's action is simply 'robbing Peter to pay Paul', shifting jobs, rather than creating new ones. Governments should not be in the business of pick- ing 'winners or losers' over competing building materials." Proponents of the Brock Commons Building often talk about it as a tall wood building. McSweeney wants to set the record straight. "UBC 's Brock Com- mons is in truth a composite building, with a significant amount of reinforced concrete used for the foundation, the ground floor podium, the twin eleva- tor shafts and pre-cast concrete stair- wells that form the concrete cores. The cross-laminated timber relies on the stiff concrete cores for stability. With- out concrete, the building would not be able to support itself. In addition, concrete was used to cover the wood floors and two layers of heavy fire resis- tant drywall were applied to encapsu- late all of the wood construction." On behalf of CAC members, McSwee- ney called on the Ministry of Munici- pal Affairs and Housing to urgently meet with all members of the build- ing materials industry and to put an immediate pause on any regulations for 12-story encapsulated mass timber buildings which, at this time, bypass the work of the 2020 National Building Code Seismic Committee whose delib- erations are currently ongoing with no recommendations finalized. Global Cement and Concrete Industry Women's Network. Launched on International Women's Day On International Women's Day, the Global Cement and Concrete Associ- ation (GCCA) announced the launch of a "Global Cement and Concrete Indus- tr y Women's Net- work." The sector initiative, launched by GCCA C e m e n t D i r e c t o r Claude Lorea, aims to establish a net- work of women leaders and experts in the cement and concrete industry and its suppliers, in order to promote gen- der diversity. The network, which started infor- mally at the beginning of the week, has already attracted more than 100 women to register. GCCA Cement Director, Claude Lorea said, " The sector is well aware that there is a lot more to do to attract women to our industry. "As a matter of principle improving gen- der diversity and equity is important, as well as ensuring that girls at school are attracted to the range of professions and careers we can offer. Importantly also, more and more studies show that companies with diversity at senior lev- els perform better generally and across all three sustainability pillars - econom- ic, environmental, and social." The group is a place for women work- ing in the cement and concrete indus- try to share content, thoughts and ideas amongst peers, with the shared mission of promoting concrete as the sustainable building material of choice. It aims to establish a network of wom- en leaders and experts in the cement and concrete sector and its suppliers in order to ensure gender diversity, for example in conference panels, by pro- viding a ready network of talent and experience, and to create a culture of diversity across the industry. Claude Lorea added, " The GCCA is committed to a sustainable future for the sector and I see driving diversity as an important part of that process. I'm really looking forward to working with the network in the months and weeks ahead, and genuinely excited to see what we can do over the next year to promote diversity." M324 Sorbent Trap Analysis System OLM30B Sorbent Trap Sampling System Your Mercury Experts! 915J Mercury Process Monitor Visit us at IEEE-IAS/PCA Booth #422 Laboratory Analysis Services Available ohiolumex.com/cement

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