May 2007 Table of Contents

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Smarten Up the Pool Deck Smarten Up the Pool Deck

Homeowners upgrading their pool deck may find a fresh start less expensive and more creative. Read more

Portland Cement Plaster (stucco) Portland Cement Plaster (stucco)

Traditional portland cement plaster is a time-tested exterior finish. It consists of portland cement-based materials and sand mixed with water to form a workable plaster that hardens to provide a strong, durable, and tough surface. Read more

Decorative Concrete Goes Downstairs Decorative Concrete Goes Downstairs

The basement is no longer a place to store Aunt Ida's old furniture. Read more

Building a Safe House Building a Safe House

When the Joseph Corp., Aurora, Ill.—a nonprofit organization that helps people with limited means find housing—was demolishing some homes that were too run down, it was suggested that they build a concrete home. Read more

Resisting Wind and Seismic Forces Resisting Wind and Seismic Forces

If global warming predictions for weather come true, there will be a greater frequency of hurricanes, tornadoes, and strong storms throughout the coming years. So designing homes to sustain minimal damage resulting from natural disasters will be increasingly important. Read more

Opening Reinforcement in Cast-in-Place Walls Opening Reinforcement in Cast-in-Place Walls

Steel reinforcing bar around openings is a critical structural element of cast-in-place concrete walls, whether they are built with removable forms or insulating concrete forms (ICFs). Correct placement of the rebar helps prevent the concrete around openings from cracking from structural loads or shrinkage. Read more

The CHBC Goes from Gray to Green The CHBC Goes from Gray to Green

Going from gray to green is the talk of the town. Across the nation, the green building movement is well underway with this paradigm shift in the building industry driven by builders, suppliers, and manufacturers—all who have embraced the wisdom of green. Read more

Residential Concrete: News Briefs

The latest news about the Concrete Foundations Association, Portland Cement Association, Insulating Concrete Form Association and more. Read more

Innovation Shaping the Industry Orlando, Fla. Innovation Shaping the Industry Orlando, Fla.

This year's The New American Home (TNAH) left an inspirational handprint on the concrete industry as the annual project continued to strive toward sustainable and planning perfection. Read more

Blaming Concrete Because It Cracked Blaming Concrete Because It Cracked

My cousin and her husband decided to sell their house and move into a new condo. Everything was fine except for the basement floor, which was cast on a very cold day over a year ago in the middle of January. The Read more

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