Solving Moisture Issues with Rapid Drying Concrete

This course will discuss moisture in concrete slabs and solutions to end slab moisture issues such as flooring failures, mold, warping or curling, and excessive drying times. One solution to these moisture related problems is utilizing a rapid drying concrete. Rapid Drying Concrete is a ready-mix concrete solution for preventing moisture-related floor covering failures, an industry-wide problem that costs millions of dollars annually in damage, downtime, repair and replacement.

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The Balanced Design Approach to Fire Safety: How Concrete Building Systems Can Help Reduce Risk (Print Course)

Structure fires and wildfires result in significant loss of life and property in the U.S. each year. In addition to the direct losses of fighting fires, relocating residents and rebuilding, large fire events can cause substantial indirect losses to communities. There has been an increase in single-family and multifamily structure fire losses, partly due to increased use of combustible construction methods. This article investigates the causes of these fires and provide balanced design recommendations using both active and passive fire protection strategies. It will suggest several noncombustible concrete building systems to help reduce the risk of fire loss in buildings.

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The Art and Science of Polished Concrete (Print Course)

Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.

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Introduction to Caulks and Sealants

By the end of this course you will be able to identify and discuss proper and safe joint sealant application procedures.

You will also be able to recognize and understand the different causes for common sealant problems. Finally, you will also be able to compare and contrast different sealant types.

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Zero Energy Schools: How Innovative Concrete Systems are Making It Possible (Print Course)

Zero energy school construction is a growing trend across the country. A combination of advanced energy efficiency strategies, affordable solar power and an innovative concrete building system called Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) is making it possible. ICFs combine the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation.

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Achieving Disaster Resilience with ICF Construction (Print Course)

In this course, we will examine what “disaster resilience” means and how effective planning and application of progressive structural design, practices and building materials—particularly Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)—can fulfill a two-pronged sustainability objective: reducing a building’s carbon footprint while fortifying it against nature’s inevitable hazards. In addition, this course will look at best-practice construction guidelines for ICF projects, as well as the short-term ROI of ICF construction.

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2018 Concrete Construction Buyer's Guide

The most comprehensive listing of manufacturers, distributors, associations, and others serving this market sector. This guide includes products and services as well as contact information regarding all things concrete.

Fill out below to obtain free information about the products and services covered in this Buyer's Guide.

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Largo Concrete: Building the Super Structure for 24-Story Mixed Use Towers

Watch why this structural concrete contractor chose laser scanning technology to document as-built conditions on their projects - scanning every single deck from the ground up.

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Is It Level? Is It Flat?: DPR Construction Knows the Answers Faster Than Ever on a $60 Million California Medical Center

There was a time when determining the flatness of a slab pour meant scheduling floor profilers to walk the slab, take readings, import data, and generate an F-number report. Now there is a simpler, faster, and more advanced way to determine floor flatness.

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Largo Concrete Trades the Leash for the Laser Scanner

Read about how this structural concrete contractor now uses laser scanning technology to document as-built conditions on their projects.

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