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Allied Partners

The goal of NEx Allied Partnership is to effectively and efficiently collaborate and reduce redundant efforts on issues related to nonmetallic building materials. The above goals will be accomplished by undertaking the following activities:

  • Identify and facilitate development and adoption of design and consensus-based construction codes and specifications that allow the use of nonmetallic materials.

  • Supply or facilitate the creation of the knowledge needed for designers, contractors, and owners to utilize nonmetallics in their projects.

  • Identify gaps in technical knowledge and bring them to the attention of relevant SDOs (Standards Developing Organizations).

  • Support and facilitate research needed for new technologies in nonmetallics to resolve challenges with effective solutions.

  • Help the industry in assuring the manufacturing quality of nonmetallics and of the competent installation, testing, and inspection of those products.

  • Foster and support technologies related to utilization of nonmetallic materials and technologies in construction.

  • Provide technology transfer, professional development, course content and related resources needed by the design, construction, specifying professionals and owner representatives to apply sound and proven solutions using nonmetallic materials.

Current Partners

ICC Evaluation
Services (ICC-ES)

With over 90 years of experience and thousands of reports, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is the industry leader in performing technical evaluations of building products, materials and systems for code compliance.

Tilt-Up Concrete
Association (TCA)

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) is the international nonprofit trade association for the global tilt-up concrete construction industry and was founded in 1986 by a dedicated group of contractors, professionals, and manufacturers with the interest of improving the quality and acceptance of tilt-up construction.

University of

Founded in 1831 as the state’s flagship university, The University of Alabama has always focused on being the best. This is Where Legends Are Made. Mission The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service. Vision The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world. Core Values The University of Alabama is committed to: *) Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies. *) Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity. *) Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world. *) Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Slag Cement

The SCA is a nonprofit trade association representing producers and shippers of slag cement in the United States. The SCA with assistance from its various volunteer based committees operate several annual activities and programs in support of slag cement use in concrete mix design. The Slag Cement Association is an organization of companies that produce and ship slag cement in the United States; these shipments represent over 95% of all slag cement used in U.S. concrete. The SCA is the leading source of knowledge on blast furnace slag-based cementitious products. It promotes the increased use and acceptance of these products by educating customers, specifiers and other end-users on their varied attributes, benefits and applications. It strives to advance the state-of-the-art through increased knowledge and research. SCA's mission is to serve as the leading source of knowledge and technology transfer for the growth of slag cement.

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students a chance to pursue their academic endeavors in a unique scholarly community. Enriched by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, it is a place that throughout its history has sought to bring knowledge into service of justice.

National Ready Mixed
Concrete Association (NRMCA)

Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is the leading industry advocate. Its mission is to provide exceptional value to their members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice.

Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)

The Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). Established in 2009, CICI’s goal is to accelerate the adoption of innovative composite materials and systems into critical infrastructure. The mission of CICI is to accelerate the adoption of polymer composites and innovated construction material into infrastructure and transportation applications through collaborative research.

Texas A&M University (TAM) - Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) performs research and leverages expertise from universities, national laboratories and state and federal agencies to improve lives through basic and applied engineering research. Our collaborations result in cutting-edge solutions to global technical challenges. TEES is chartered by the State of Texas to execute the land grant mission as an independent research and development agency serving state and national security needs. TEES is a state research agency that solves problems through applied engineering research and development and collaboration with industry, government and academia. As part of The Texas A&M University System, we are connected with world-class researchers and facilities throughout the Texas A&M System. Our dedicated staff helps to quickly turn ideas into results. TEES aims to produce and transfer the highest quality, relevant engineering- and technology-oriented research. We work to enhance and support educational systems and interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research. Through commercialization, we turn research and development activities into useful applications and business activities.

Insulated Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association

The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) is the North American non-profit trade association for the insulating concrete form (ICF) industry. The ICFMA was founded in 2014 by a dedicated group of manufacturers with the interest of improving the quality and acceptance of Insulated Concrete Form construction. Our mission is to promote and enhance the social, environmental and economic value of insulating concrete forms in the North American marketplace.


The International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) is the only international professional organisation dedicated to the use of fibre-reinforced composite materials (FRP) in Civil infrastructure. The mission of the Institute is to advance the understanding and application of FRP composites in the civil infrastructure, in the service of the engineering profession and society.

Concrete Foundations Association (CFA)

The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) was formed in 1975 to serve the interests of poured wall contractors. As an international nonprofit trade association with a diverse membership spread throughout the United States and Canada, maintains a network that permits individuals with needs and interests to seek advice and professional experience while curating forums where contractors exchange ideas and gain insight for technological and practice advancements.

Korea Concrete

Korea Concrete Institute (KCI) is an institution composed of professionals from all fields of concrete research, education, industry, and applications in the areas of concrete material, structure analysis and design, construction, repair and strengthening, and concrete related manufacturing and production. Korea Concrete Institute is an association of professionals working in the field of concrete. The institution's main goal is to advance knowledges, technology, applications of concrete materials, structure analysis and design, construction, repair and strengthening, and manufacturing. The goal can be made possible by active participations in Korea Concrete Institute by academic institutions, industries, research laboratories, and government branches on fundamental researches, international collaborations, technical instructions, and other programs. By everyone in concrete field working together as one and as partners, we can surly advance concrete technology, researches, applications, and industry-academia collaborations in Korea.

RILEM (Réunion Internationale des Labo. et Experts des Matériaux)

The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM, from the name in French) was founded in June 1947, with the aim to promote scientific cooperation in the area of construction materials and structures. Today, the new meaning of the acronym RILEM (Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Matériaux, systèmes de construction et ouvrages) emphasises its dominant focus on people as well as its worldwide activities, covering 90 countries. The mission of the association is to advance free-access scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to encourage transfer and application of this knowledge world-wide. This mission is achieved through collaboration of leading experts in construction practice and science including academics, researchers, testing laboratories and authorities. The three main goals of RILEM are: *) To promote sustainable and safe construction, and improved performance and cost benefit for society, *) To stimulate new directions of research and its applications, promoting excellence in construction, *) To favour and promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation at international scale by open access to advanced knowledge.

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers

The Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers was formed in 1972 to bring together the engineering fraternity to share ideas and to promote engineering . Today , UIPE is the leading independent organization for the engineering profession in Uganda and embraces Engineers, Technicians and Technologists right from when they start college, as they progress as young professionals and then as they mature into senior practitioners.

Additional Partners

NEx looks to draw additional partners for global collaboration from leading academic institutions, industries, technical societies, standard bodies and manufacturers. Prospective partners are encouraged to contact NEx at to explore opportunities.

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