WASHINGTON - The Composites Institute, part of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., has joined the new Conmat Council, a group of 11 trade associations representing high-performance building materials and systems. The Civil Engineering Research Foundation created Conmat Aug. 24. CERF, based in Washington, is a not-for-profit organization created in 1989 by the American Society of Civil Engineers to bring together diverse groups to move civil engineering research into actual practice.
A December 1994 CERF report called for more than $882 million in research and development spending on structural composites during the next 10 years, according to the Composites Institute. It also examined the future of other building materials.
Conmat's goal is to create the next generation of buildings. Conmat will link trade associations, private and public laboratories, academic groups and the government.
Conmat Council members include the Aluminum Association, American Concrete Institute, American Forest & Paper Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, Council for Masonry Research, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Roofing Contractors Association, Smart Materials Devices and Monitoring Systems Working Group, Specialty Steel Industry of North American and the Steel Structures Painting Council.
A copy of the 1994 report, Materials for Tomorrow's Infrastructure: A Ten-Year Plan for Deploying High-Performance Construction Materials and Systems, can be obtained by calling the ASCE in Washington at (800) 548-ASCE.