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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 →

Fire Safety in Mid-Rise Construction

Fire Safety in Mid-Rise Construction

Posted January 29, 2013 in Press Releases

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Building materials that protect your home

Building materials that protect your home

Posted January 29, 2013 in Press Releases

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