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Speakers Selected for 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference

January 21, 2014



SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 21 -- The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association issued the following news release:

Speakers have been selected for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 9th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference to be held May 12-14 just outside Boston in Cambridge, MA. Over 60 world-renowned experts will present the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they relate to sustainability. This year's conference is being held in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub Showcase scheduled for May 15. The conference is co-sponsored by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association.

Keynote speakers include:

* Dr. Jeremy Gregory, PhD, executive director, Concrete Sustainability Hub and research director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States * John L. Knott, Jr., executive director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, United States * Phillip Williams, PE, LEED AP, vice president of sustainability and technical systems, Webcor Builders/Webcor Consulting, United States * Dr. Michael Lepech, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, United States * Mark Webster, structural engineer, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, United States * Jennifer Atlee, HPD technical liaison, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, United States * Michael Culp, team leader-sustainable transport and climate change at FHWA, United States * Gina Ahlstrom, senior pavement engineer, FHWA Office of Pavement Technology, United States

Technical speakers and topics include:

* Mehdi Akbarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, The Impact of Pavement Properties on Vehicle Fuel Consumption within the Pavement Infrastructure * Godwin Amekuedi, Argos USA, United States, A Sustainable Approach for Returned Concrete, Godwin Q. Amekuedi and David R. Green * Laurent Barcelo, Lafarge, Canada, Smog-eating Concrete: A New Technology for Better Cities * Michael Bienvenu, Florida International University, United States, Comparison of Fuel Consumption on Rigid Versus Flexible Pavements in Florida * Lisa Bradley, AECOM, United States, Hazard, Exposure, and Risk - Why All Three Are Important for Material Ingredients Decisions * Cesar Constantino, Titan America, United States, A Journey "Under the Hood" of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) The Meaning Behind the Label * Francesco Di Maio, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Recycling End-of-life Concrete: The C2CA project * Dirk Kestner, Walter P. Moore, United States, Embodied Energy and Carbon Impacts of Light Weight Concrete for Steel-framed Commercial Buildings * Carl Lenngren, Lund University, Sweden, Different Pavement Types and Rolling Resistance * Natt Makul, Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand, Utilization of Unprocessed High-volume Coal Fly Ash Combined with Biomass Rice Husk Ash in Cost Effective Self-Consolidating Concrete * Hamed Maraghechi, Pennsylvania State University, United States, Investigation of Using Alkali Activation to Enhance the Pozzolanic Performance of Recycled Glass Powder * Arash Noshadravan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Analyzing Cost and Hazard Resistance Trade-offs in Residential Construction * Styliani Papatzani, University of Bath - BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, United Kingdom, The Effect of the Addition of Nanoparticles of Silica on the Strength and Microstructure of Blended Portland Cement Pastes * Nicholas Santero, PE International, United States, Understanding Health Product Declarations and LEED * Wolfgang Werner, Thornton Tomasetti, United States, Buildings Instead of Landfills: Recycled Plastic Waste in Concrete Structures * Ezgi Yurdakul, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, United States, A Comparative Analysis of Prescriptive and Performance-Based Specifications for Sustainability

A complete list of speakers and additional details about the conference are available online at www.concretesustainabilityconference.org . The conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. This year's conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge.

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.

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