Concrete Masonry Check-off: Investing in Ourselves.
  • Creating Jobs for the Local Community

    INDUSTRY

    Creating Jobs for the Local Community
    The concrete masonry industry creates jobs directly and within the communities it serves.

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  • Providing Safe Homes & Buildings

    Protection

    Providing Safe Homes & Buildings
    Recent natural disasters highlight the need for safe, strong buildings and homes.

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  • Reducing Demand on Natural Resources

    Sustainability

    Reducing Demand on Natural Resources
    Concrete masonry products reduce demand on our diminishing natural resources.

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  • Check-off Program Overview

    Overview

    Check-off Program Overview
    Learn more about the program, its support and efforts within the industry.

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Latest News

U.S. House approves Concrete Masonry Products Promotion Act

NOVEMBER 14, 2016: (Herndon, VA) -- On the opening day of the lame duck session of the 114 th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved HR 985, the Concrete Masonry Products, Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2015 by a vote of 355 to 38.

The legislation provides authorization for the concrete masonry industry to pursue the creation of an industry-wide commodity check-off program. Such programs have successfully enabled other industries to pool resources to support market development efforts related to the commodity products that they produce.

“The attributes of concrete masonry are well suited to constructing modern, high-performing buildings. A concrete masonry check-off program will simply enable our industry to better organize to promote those values to the marketplace,” said NCMA Chairman of the Board Patrick Sauter of Kings Material LLC. “This is an important step in achieving the necessary authorization for the program before we can present the program for final approval by the concrete masonry manufacturing companies operating in America.”

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) sponsored the bill and were successful in compiling an impressive co-sponsor list of 247 House representatives that was balanced with nearly equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. The co-sponsor list was indicative of active grassroots effort on behalf of the concrete masonry industry, which has small manufacturing plants in every state in the country and in most congressional districts.

For more information, contact Clare Ramminger, Check-off Program Coordinator.

Why a Concrete Masonry Check-off?

Advancing the Industry

Advancing the Industry

Funds collected by the Concrete Masonry Check-off Program will be used to advance the industry by supporting three primary initiative areas: Research, Education and Promotion.

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Vision

Vision

A Concrete Masonry Check-off program will support the industry growth by educating designers, contractors, and installers as well as regulators and owners on how to best take advantage of concrete masonry's benefits.

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Challenges & Opportunities

Challenges & Opportunities

A Concrete Masonry Check-off program is needed to enable the industry to regain market share. Traditionally, members of the industry have looked at competition as the block producer down the street or in the next town.

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Advancing the Industry

 Research

Research

Research is needed to document the performance of concrete masonry to support code changes that will open additional markets, reduce unnecessary conservatism, and make concrete masonry more market competitive.
 Education

Education

Future designers and industry professionals are making their way through school and college now. Increasing their exposure to concrete masonry construction will make them more comfortable with using it once they become practicing professionals.
 Promotion

Promotion

The Check-off Program can support promotion at the local, state, regional or national levels as needed to make sure that the audiences that have the ability to consume the product or information know how to do so and why.

Benefits of Concrete Masonry

Design Flexibility

Design Flexibility

One of the most significant architectural benefits of designing with concrete masonry is its versatility.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Concrete masonry's thermal performance depends on its steady-state thermal characteristics (described by R-value or U-factor) as well as the thermal mass (heat capacity) characteristics of the assembly.

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Durability & Sustainability

Durability & Sustainability

One of the most obvious characteristics of concrete masonry is its durability and long life expectancy, with minimal care, upkeep and maintenance.

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Fire Resistance

Fire Resistance

Concrete block simply does not burn. Masonry walls have been used for centuries to limit the chances of devastating building fires and to contain fires from spreading.

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Earthquake Resistance

Earthquake Resistance

Earthquakes are dramatic events. They often occur unexpectedly with little warning. Even though short lived, earthquakes can be extremely devastating in terms of loss of life and property.

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Wind & Storm Resistance

Wind & Storm Resistance

Hurricanes and tornado activity cause millions of dollars in property damage and result in significant loss of life in the U.S. each year.

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