National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)

Industry Groups Seeking Abstracts for 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association are seeking abstracts for the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 12-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in Boston. The 9th annual conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. The 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference is being held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Showcase, May 15, 2014. Submit your abstracts online at by November 30, 2013.

Researchers, academics, students, engineers, architects, contractors, concrete producers, public works officials, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals are invited to present and attend the conference. Suggested topics include the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they relate to sustainability.

Suggested topics

  • LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT. Assessing carbon footprint, embodied energy and other environmental impacts for buildings, infrastructure, and cement and concrete manufacturing.
  • LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT. Pervious pavements and erosion control structures. Urban heat island reduction, light colored pavements, green roofs and cool communities.
  • GREEN CONCRETE. Recycled and alternative materials including aggregates, water, cementitious materials, and fuels. Beneficial use of byproducts for cement and concrete production.
  • NEW CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY. Durability, extended service life models and validation, performance based specifications to foster sustainability. Innovative concrete production methods.
  • SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES. Green building codes and standards adopted by building owners, designers, contractors and product manufacturers. Economic incentives and legislation.
  • FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE. High performance concrete applications in buildings and infrastructure, fortified building codes, and community initiatives focusing on disaster resistance and adaptive reuse.