Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 252 0 1 5 A N N U A L R E P O R T N AT I O N A L C O N C R E T E M A S O N R Y A S S O C I AT I O N 5 W E A DV O C AT E In Building Codes and Standards Governing Bodies NCMA works tirelessly to protect the interests of NCMA members in the building code arenas. NCMA participated on several committees at ASTM International this year developing and maintaining standards related to concrete masonry construction such as ASTM C90 and C140 SRW units ASTM C1262 and C1372 SRWGeosynthetics D6638 and D6916 ACBs D6884 D7277 and D 7276 and manufactured stone veneer ASTM C1670 and C1780. During the International Building Code IBC hearings to update and revise the 2015 edition of the IBC NCMA advocated for increasing minimum fire safety requirements. With the recent increase of mega fires of large wood-frame complexes several concrete-related industries are mounting challenges to proposed increases in permitted number of stories of wood construction. This will continue to be a top priority issue in 2016. On Capitol Hill NCMA member companies have continued to visit congressional leaders to educate them on the benefits of concrete masonry construction. These fly-ins allow NCMA members and congressional members the opportunity to exchange ideas and continue grassroots efforts in their states. On behalf of its members NCMA testified before OSHA and has worked with the American Chemistry Council coalition on silica to offer comments and practical solutions to proposed regulations. NCMAs efforts focused on minimizing the negative impacts of the regulation on NCMA manufacturing members and masonry and hardscape contractors. OSHA recently released a highly controversial rule that requires manufacturers and the construction industry to meet personal exposure limits that are categorically smaller than required today. NCMA worked on our members behalf as Congress was finalizing the transportation bill referred to as the FAST Act. Industry friends Senator David Vitter R-LA and Rep. Frank LoBiondo R-NJ encouraged the bill to include wording that called for increased consideration of the benefits associated with the use of segmental retaining walls articulated concrete block and other concrete masonry product solutions in transportation markets. The industry is continuing its grassroots efforts for the passage of the Concrete Masonry Products Research Education and Promotion Act HR985 which provides authorization for the industry to conduct a referendum for establishing a commodity check-off program for concrete masonry products. Matt Lynch of Anchor an Oldcastle Company and NCMA President Bob Thomas meet with Rep. Albio Sires D-NJ-08. Kent Waide of Ruby Concrete testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in support of H.R. 985 Concrete Masonry Products Research Education and Promotion Act.