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- World of Concrete Jan 22-26 2018 Las Vegas
- CFLRA & CFCA Annual General Meetings Feb 1st
- 1st Annual CANADIAN CONCRETE EXPO Feb 7 & 8, 2018 The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
The CFCA is pleased to co-sponsor the 1st Annual CANADIAN CONCRETE EXPO on February 7 & 8 2018 at the International Centre in Mississauga.
“20/20 Show Productions Inc. is excited to introduce the only national trade show in Canada serving companies, individuals and professionals within the concrete industry. Whether you build with concrete, manufacture, transport, place, drill or finish it, CCE is here to keep you on top of your game. We promise to keep this event relevant and current through timely and topical education sessions and live product demonstrations. We also want to provide the best resource for your organization to network and talk to the professionals in their chosen sector. Develop new partnerships and business opportunities at a show committed only to your industry.” [MORE]
IHSA Concrete Finisher Health & Safety Manual published !
IHSA has published a new health and safety manual for Concrete Finishers.This manual covers all aspects of concrete floor health and safety. Please click HERE to download.
Welcome Slavko Concrete Finishing !
2016 Geoff Kinney Industry Award presented to Mr. Paul Bravo and Mr. Frank Calvi
Each year the CFCA recognizes individuals who have given selflessly towards the improvement of the Concrete Floor Industry. In recognition of their sustained efforts as leaders of our industry, the CFCA is pleased to recognize Frank Calvi and Paul Bravo as the recipients of the Geoff Kinney Award for 2016. Congratulations and thanks for making a difference !
Cold Temperature Concrete Construction is here !
Our national mandatory concrete standard CSA A23.1-2014 states that Cold Weather Concreting protection must be provided to ensure that the concrete materials do not fall below 10°C otherwise an abnormal set and problems can result (eg: delaminations). It is essential that the supporting granular base temperature is also at least 10°C to ensure that concrete materials are not reduced below this 10°C minimum temperature. Please note that recent testing has shown that concrete materials retain excess mix bleed water abnormally in cold temperatures. As such, it is critical that ambient and supporting temperatures are at least 10°C before placing concrete. Concrete mixes being supplied in air and granular base temperatures of less than 10°C will require a concrete mix review for cementitious material type (GU) and the use of non-chloride accelerators. Note that accelerators may change the colour of the concrete from that of conventional concrete (aesthetic concern).
Excerpt from CSA A23.1-2014:
“126.96.36.199 Cold Weather Concreting Job preparation:
When there is a probability of the air temperature falling below 5°C within 24 h of placing (as forecast by the nearest official meteorological office), all materials and equipment needed for adequate protection and curing shall be on hand and ready for use before concrete placement is started. If the temperature of the concrete is expected to drop below 5 °C then protection is required. All snow and ice shall be removed before concrete is deposited on any surface. Calcium chloride or other de-icing salts shall not be used as a de-icing agent in the forms. Concrete shall not be placed on or against any surface that will lower the temperature of the concrete in place below the minimum value shown in Table 14 or below 10 °C for slabs less than 1 m thick or 5 °C for slabs more than 1 m thick, except when non-chloride, non-corrosive accelerators are used (see also notes).”
Concrete Materials Laboratory Test Study Report
The CFCA is pleased to announce the publication of its 2014 Concrete Materials Laboratory Test Study on the plastic properties of concrete mixes at normal and cold temperatures. It has been found that sub-standard cold temperatures cause an abnormal retention of concrete mix water. Compliance with CSA A23.1 minimum temperatures and concrete mix requirements are essential to mitigate this concern.
Please download and read the test report.
The CFCA is pleased to announce the publication of its NEW Specifier’s Guide to Interior Concrete Floors (including an 03 35 00 Concrete Floor specification section template).
“Concrete floor trade work in Canada currently varies significantly in quality due to divided responsibilities, poor understanding of national standards, inconsistent compliance with specification requirements, inadequate technical knowledge, variable field skills, lack of inspection, and the absence of any formal requirement to commit to quality.”
“It is the intent of this guide to assist architects and engineers in defining concrete floors in standardized terms, such that the industry can consistently meet the needs of its clients.This document also aims to further define the responsibilities for CFCA members in order to produce high quality work. It is through the continuing support of specifiers, that the vision of consistent, high quality results are achieved. Specifiers who prequalify members of the CFCA facilitate our continuing efforts to promote standardization and quality within the concrete floor industry across Canada.”
2014 — 2017 Board of Directors
- Mr. Frank Calvi, United Floor (Chairman)
- Mr. Paul Bravo, Bravo Cement Windsor (Vice-chairman)
- Mr. Luc Rancourt, Duron Services Ottawa (Treasurer)
- Mr. Dennis Centis, Centis Tile & Terrazzo
- Mr. Charles Bosworth, CPD
Work Safe Bulletins
Carbon monoxide is the greatest continuing health hazard to the cement finishing industry. Please download and read the Work Safe Bulletin on Carbon Monoxide. Safety awareness, planning and incident avoidance are the first priorities in construction. All accidents can be prevented through proper planning, training, supervision, and care!
We also have more information on cement finishing safety information.
Concrete Floor Seminars
The CFCA is pleased to offer complimentary seminars to specifiers on the latest in concrete floor technology and finishes.