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Op-Ed: La Résidence du Havre respectait le code du bâtiment. Est-ce que « respecter le code du bâtiment » est synonyme de « couper les coins ronds et se plier aux désirs des lobbyistes ? »

Posted March 30, 2015 in Press Releases

La publication récente du rapport du coroner du Québec sur le feu qui a détruit la résidence pour personnes âgées de l’Isle-Verte a soulevé des questions à propos de la sécurité des bâtiments. Le feu qui a frappé la résidence du Havre pendant une nuit glaciale de janvier 2014 a réduit une partie de l’édifice ... Read More →


Op-Ed: Quebec’s Résidence du Havre was built to code. But does ‘building to code’ mean cutting corners and caving to lobbyists?

Posted March 18, 2015 in Press Releases

by Paul Hargest, President, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association The recent release of the Quebec coroner’s report on the retirement home fire in L’Isle-Verte has once again got people thinking about building safety. The five-alarm blaze that struck the Résidence du Havre on a bitter January night in 2014 reduced part of the home to ... Read More →


Demand Concrete Block

Posted February 13, 2015 in Current News, Press Releases

Code officials ignored it. Developers ignored it. Wood you? Demand concrete block. It was built to code. It had working sprinklers. But as local firefighters pointed out, once the lightweight wood assembly caught fire, sprinklers were simply no match for the 5-alarm blaze that tore through this luxury apartment complex recently in Edgewater, New Jersey. ... Read More →


Wood First?

Posted December 09, 2013 in Current News, Press Releases

If current deforestation rates continue, critical habitats could disappear within the next hundred years. 53% of land in Canada is covered by boreal forest. 30% of that forest has been allocated to industry. 90% of logging in the boreal forest is clearcutting. The earth loses about 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forest per ... Read More →

The Truth is Controversial!

The Truth is Controversial!

Posted November 19, 2013 in Press Releases

Ref: Attack Ad reignites feud between concrete and wood industries I am pleased to read that the concrete masonry industry has decided to tell consumers the TRUTH: that wood is “vulnerable to insects, severe weather and fire”. Some readers may have the impression these are ‘attack ads’, as referenced by Edmonton Journal columnist, Dan Barnes.  ... Read More →


We’d like to set the record straight.

Posted September 23, 2013 in Current News, Press Releases

A few weeks ago the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association ran a full page ad in the Toronto Star with a photograph depicting the Oklahoma tornado devastation from May 20, 2013. The event was real. The image was real. And so was the devastation. In Canada, over the past several years, there has been a ... Read More →


Wood First? First to go.

Posted June 28, 2013 in Current News, Press Releases

Build with Concrete Block. Storms. Fires. Insects. All can weaken a structure — and in some cases destroy it if it’s made of wood. Some members of Ontario’s building industry are proposing a “Wood First” initiative. Others are proposing changes to the Ontario Building Code that would allow higher buildings — up to 6 storeys ... Read More →


Fire fighters risk their lives to protect us.

Posted April 05, 2013 in Press Releases

They deserve a National Building Code that protects them. Fires today burn hotter and faster than ever before. Lightweight floor assemblies can now collapse 10 minutes into a blaze — just when fire fighters may be arriving and entering the premises, or when you may be exiting. Yet Canada’s National Building Code no longer treats ... Read More →


CCMPA promotes balanced design

Posted March 19, 2013 in Press Releases

Design and build with Block. Burnaby BC: February 17, 2013 This photo of a recent fire in Burnaby, B.C. clearly shows the destruction that fire leaves behind. But notice the tower on the left? It’s still standing. Why? Because it was built with concrete block. Concrete block isn’t just fire-resistant — it doesn’t burn. Period. ... Read More →


Ontario Seniors Deserve Better Fire Protection

Posted February 01, 2013 in Press Releases

Ontario Government needs to focus on fire containment as well as sprinklers in proposed Fire Code and Building Code changes TORONTO — FEBRUARY 1, 2013 — Mandatory sprinklers in Ontario retirement homes are a big step in the right direction but seniors also need the protection of more fire-resistant building material such as concrete block. ... Read More →