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Pervious Concrete Seminars Offer Solution to Runoff

Thu October 11, 2007 - Midwest Edition
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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Portland Cement Association have teamed with “Land Development Today” magazine to offer the seminar Pervious Concrete — A Storm Water Solution in six cities beginning this fall. The one-day seminars are scheduled for:

• Oct. 25 — Indianapolis

• Oct. 26 — Chicago

• Nov. 2 — Portsmouth, N.H.

• Nov. 5 — Jersey City, N.J.

• Nov. 16 — Jackson, Miss.

• Nov. 19 — Atlanta

This program provides detailed instruction on how to implement pervious concrete pavements as a solution to reducing storm water runoff from building sites and other paved areas. Attendees will learn the details of pervious concrete pavement systems, engineering properties and construction techniques.

This course will help civil engineers, architects, landscape architects and public works officials develop details and write project specifications for pervious concrete pavement systems. Contractors, product suppliers and land developers also will benefit from this seminar, according to the associations.

Pervious concrete is a performance-engineered concrete with a 15 to 30 percent void system that allows rainwater to percolate through it. When pervious concrete is used for parking areas, streets, plazas and walkways, it minimizes storm water runoff to surrounding streams and lakes, allowing for natural filtration to recharge local groundwater supplies.

Although pervious concrete has been used in some areas for decades, recent interest in green building and recognition of pervious pavements by the U.S. EPA as a best practice for storm water management has heightened interest in its use throughout North America.

Its use supports national initiatives such as Cool Communities and Low Impact Development and provides a potential for credit in the LEED rating system for sustainable building construction.

Pervious concrete reduces the need for expensive storm water drainage and wet pond retention systems, thereby allowing for more economical and beneficial land use.

The instructors who will present the program are:

• Bruce K. Ferguson — Franklin Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

• Heather J. Brown — director and assistant professor, Concrete Industry Management, Middle Tennessee State University

• Lionel Lemay — senior vice president, technical resources, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

• Paul Tennis — cement and concrete materials consultant

• Erin Ashley — director of codes and sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Architects and engineers will earn six professional development hours upon completing this program. This seminar is registered with the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education Systems.

The seminars are being offered in cooperation with the Georgia Concrete & Products Association, Great Lakes Cement Promotion Association, Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, Mississippi Concrete Industry Association, New Jersey Concrete & Aggregate Association, Northeast Cement Shippers Association, Northern New England Concrete Promotion Association and Southeast Cement Association.

“Land Development Today” is a monthly publication, available in both print and digital formats, designed to serve individuals and organizations involved in the professional fields that comprise the land development industry.

NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, Md., represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the. industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs.

PCA, based in Skokie, Ill., represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education and public affairs programs.

For more information, call 888/388-8787 or visit

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