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Masonry, Intelligent Buildings, Pulp & Paper, Ethics and Electricals, etc. – Some Technical Resources

The National Concrete Masonry Association in the U.S. (NCMA) has published new guidelines for "green" sustainable c...


The National Concrete Masonry Association in the U.S. (NCMA) has published new guidelines for “green” sustainable concrete masonry units. The guideline known as TEK 6-6A is titled “Determining the Recycled Content of Concrete Masonry Products.” It helps the design team calculate what can be counted as recycled content towards achieving LEED points. Tel. 703-713-1900, or www.ncma.org
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) wants engineers to test and give feedback on its Beta-test tool for evaluating the return on investment of intelligent buildings. The Life Cycle Calculator is a web-based tool developed with RS Means and Reed Construction Data. See www.caba.org/lifecycle

The Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican) has produced a study entitled, “Benchmarking Energy Use in Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills.” It describes the methodology that was used to collect, develop and apply energy data in converting 49 Canadian mills. It builds on the International Energy Agency (IEA) standard method developed several years ago.

PR News has produced a “Guide to Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility, Vol. 2.” The guidebook is intended to help companies help set up corporate social responsibility policies, and offers a blueprint and ideas from business leaders around the globe. Tel. 888-707-5814.

LonMark will send its trainers out to company offices to prepare individuals to become LonMark certified professionals. The trainers will give a 1-day course that is intended as a refresher course for those already familiar with the basics of the electronic communications system protocol. Contact marketing@lonmark.org

Chloride Group has published a white paper entitled, “Protecting Mission Critical Electronics in the Industrial Environment.” It is about the use of non-industrial electronics in industrial settings and how these can produce a variety of power and electrical noise problems. Call 847-990-3623, www.chloridepower.com/usa