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Concrete Contractors Using Removable Forms
Can Hone Their Concrete Housing Skills at World of Concrete

Mt Vernon, Iowa (January 9, 2006) -- Concrete contractors that specifically use use removable concrete forms for foundation basement projects can hone up on education and skills above grade with two Mega Demo events and a seminar on concrete housing construction at this year's World of Concrete.

As part of a series of Mega Demos at the World of Concrete, the National Association of Home Builders' Concrete Home Building Council-the voice of America's concrete housing industry-will sponsor two days of Hanley Wood's World of Concrete Mega Demos, to be held on January 18 and 19, 2006 in the Silver Lot in front of the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Attendees will be able to see the latest in concrete housing construction systems.

The Mega Demo that specifically focuses on removable concrete forms is: Wednesday and Thursday, January 18 and 19, 2006, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Removable/Reusable Form Above-Grade Construction

The Concrete Foundations Association is initiating a focus on housing construction techniques that fit a variety of markets including replacement, affordable, luxury, entry-level and middle income.

In light of the severe impact hurricanes have had on the U.S. Gulf Coast and other areas throughout the world, construction speed will be a focus of the removable form demo as attendees will experience the ability to pump concrete from the bottom of the forms. Filling the forms from the bottom reduces finish time and increases placement control while enabling concrete delivery with zero restrictions based on site access.

On the first day, the crew will demonstrate how the placement occurs at the base of the forms along with placement techniques for various cast-in insulation systems. On the second day, the forms will be removed, exposing the concrete that is now ready for finishing. The level of finishing is comparable and even interchangeable with drywall and common stucco techniques, as well as vertically cast-in brick systems. The display will also show the ability to fully-integrate ceilings and floor decks for added
security and performance.

Participating companies include the Concrete Foundations Association / Concrete Homes Council, Schwing America, Inc., Wall-Ties & Forms, Inc., Durand Forms, Inc., Composite Technologies Co., LLC, Dow Chemical, Scott System, Inc., Degussa Admixtures, Inc., Nevada Ready Mix and Portland Cement Association.

The seminar is:
How to Use Removable Forms in Concrete Housing
Friday, January 20, 2006, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., Seminar FR-18
Speaker: Brent Anderson, Brent Anderson Associates, Inc.

Removable forms have the obvious advantage of re-use and they've been the standard formwork for decades, as concrete homes themselves have gained popularity. Attendees will hear, acclaimed industry speaker Brent Anderson describe the basic engineering principles for removable form walls and decks, structural spans and reinforcing layouts, along with drainage and
waterproofing techniques. Also details on site design, footing and floor layout, wall construction, interior and exterior finishing, and handling electrical and plumbing will be presented.

Contractors can also visit the Concrete Homes Council booth in the exhibit hall at Booth N2027. Visitors will have an opportunity to find out more about removable form system construction and the advantages associated with the various methods available on the market today and see photos of actual homes across America.

The Concrete Homes Council, an alliance of the Concrete Foundations AssociationT of North America (CFA), enjoys the sponsorship of leaders in the concrete industry. Platinum sponsors include: Durand Forms, Inc., of Durand, Mich.; Outinord Universal of Miami, Fla.; Wall-Ties & Forms, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo.; Schwing America, Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.; and the Portland Cement Association, of Skokie, Ill.

For more information, please contact the Concrete Homes Council at 319-895-0761 or # # #

For further information please contact:

Ed Sauter, Executive Director
Concrete Homes Council
P.O. Box 204
Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52314
Tel.: 319-895-0761

Wendy Shannon, Marketing Director
Concrete Homes Council
100 Galleria Parkway SE, Suite 990
Tel:  770-226-0442


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