The concrete business is now fighting back against the move across the U.S. to accept wood construction for low- and mid-rise construction, a market that has traditionally been strong for concrete and masonry. The wood industry has spent millions of dollars to convince building owners and code administrators that wood is safe (and cheaper) and their success is evident in that concrete's share of that market has dropped form 30% to 20% while wood's share has increased from 23% to 40%.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) explains why concrete is the better choice for low- to mid-rise construction. "If you want to make buildings safer, and more durable, choose concrete," says John Loyer, senior director of state and local government affairs, NRMCA.

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