Concrete Group Polishes its Positions


LAS VEGAS—Developing technical standards for the selection and specification for polished concrete was high on the agenda this week at the 2013 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

The Concrete Polishing Association of America is breaking new ground when it comes to producing standards for the industry, Brad Burns, executive director for CPAA, said in a presentation Tuesday (Feb. 5). The conference runs through Friday.

But the process will be time and resources well invested, Burns said.

"With the establishment of these standardized definitions, contractors, owners and architects can communicate more clearly about the desired surface and necessary processes," he said. "The result of the standardization will be a higher-quality end product."

Industry standards will help provide a "scientific basis" to an area that is rooted in craftsmanship, Burns said.

Position Papers, Terms Unveiled

As part of that process the association has released a set of glossary terms and six position papers. 

The papers provide definitions for the concrete polishing industry and are available by clicking on the links below.

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The Concrete Polishing Association of America has released six position papers on polished concrete as part of an effort to bring standards and consistent practices to the industry.

Moreover, the organization has posted a list of industry-leading terms and definitions used with processed and polished concrete on its website.

About CPAA

Founded in 2010, CPAA bills itself as the “only non-biased, non-profit trade organization” in the concrete polishing industry.

The organization’s mission is to build and maintain a high level of standards, increase awareness and create desire for concrete when processed to a polished finish.

Burns recently presented a webinar on CPAA's efforts and on architectural specifications for polished concrete. That Durability+Design presentation is now available as a free webcast. In addition, CPAA was represented in a recent D+D panel discussion video on coated concrete versus polished concrete.


Tagged categories: ANSI; Architects; Certifications and standards; Concrete coatings and treatments; Concrete polishing; Contractors; Good Technical Practice; Polished concrete; Specification

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