Masonry is one of our oldest, most established building techniques. Evolutions in materials, mix designs, and engineering allow for the construction today of even stronger masonry buildings—structures that will last for generations.
Concrete masonry units are available in a rainbow of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, offering building designers the chance to create structural walls that are also beautiful. Architectural concrete masonry units offer a natural appearance that is striking in urban applications, and blends in with the natural beauty of rural areas—always complementing the building’s surrounding environment.
Safety and Durability
When it comes to fire resistance, masonry is a true performer, offering excellent protection from fire damage. In fact, post-9/11 research performed on a building in close proximity to the World Trade Center showed that masonry absorbed much of the debris impact and helped save the structure from collapsing. In fact, the building was repaired and restored to use. Masonry structures are also stand up to high wind forces and earthquakes. More FC M&App-Masonry-Disaster Resistance
As with other concrete wall systems, masonry creates walls with high thermal mass, minimizing temperature swings and shifting heating and cooling loads to off-peak hours. The resulting buildings are more economical, with lower overall heating and cooling costs, providing a consistently comfortable atmosphere for inhabitants. Masonry also offers durability as well as sound attenuation—which all adds up to a more quiet, comfortable atmosphere for inhabitants.
Masonry lends itself to many commercial applications. The material has been used to create notable public buildings like churches, courthouses, and government offices. Educational structures, from elementary schools to Ivy League university facilities, can balance contemporary engineering with traditional design, offering myriad possibilities that will stand the test of time.
Detailed information on designing with masonry and masonry mortars is available on PCA's Masonry site . There is excellent information on the safety of masonry regarding fire resistance, high wind force resistance, and earthquakes. More FC__Masonry_Unit Strength Method vs. Prizms
The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) http://www.ncma.org offers excellent technical resources online, including abstracts of more than 10,000 articles in its Technical Publications Database.
Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and Specifications for Masonry Structures and Commentaries (ACI 530-02/ASCE 5-02/TMS 402-02, ACI 530.1-02/ASCE 6-02/TMS 602-02) (LT189) No Item Found
This code covers the design and construction of masonry structures and is accompanied by specifications and commentaries. Design methods include empirical design, prescriptive method, and (newly introduced) strength design. It is written in such form that it may be adopted by reference in a legally adopted building code.
Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and Specifications for Masonry Structures and Commentaries (ACI 530-05/ASCE 5-05/TMS 402-05, ACI 530.1-05/ASCE 6-05/TMS 602-05) (LT292) No Item Found
This code covers the design and construction of masonry structures and is accompanied by specifications and commentaries. Design methods include empirical design, prescriptive method, and strength design. It is written in such form that it may be adopted by reference in a legally adopted building code.
Masonry Designers’ Guide, Fourth Edition (LT201) No Item Found
This book (MDG4) is one of the most popular design and teaching resources related to masonry because it provides comprehensive coverage, extensive code references, and numerous practical examples. The fourth edition complies with the 2002 code and specification documents written by the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, making it useful for structures built according to the International Building Code (IBC 2003) and the NFPA 5000.
Masonry Designers' Guide, 3rd edition (LT258) Item Not Available http://members.cement.org/ebiz50/ProductCatalog/Product.aspx?ID=746
Commonly referred to as MDG3, the third edition of the Masonry Designers’ Guide represents a substantial update. The revised edition reflects 1999 Masonry Standards Joint Committee code and specification changes regarding design information on prestressed masonry, quality assurance as it relates to masonry inspection, and information on adhered masonry construction. Published by The Masonry Society.
Masonry Mortars (IS040) Item Not Available
Includes coverage of mortar properties and current masonry standards used in the United States and Canada. Discusses component materials, batching and mixing procedures, the use mortar in hot and cold weather, and special techniques of mortar production. Other topics include selection and specification of mortar, the use of admixtures and modifiers, and test methods.
Concrete Systems for Homes and Low-Rise Construction Item Code (SP405) Item Not Available Fast gaining on more traditional homebuilding materials, concrete systems save builders time, money, and headaches. Written by PCA experts, this resource provides expert, straightforward answers on concrete systems, including everything you want to know about availability of products, evaluating concrete systems for homes and low-rise buildings, requirements for application, managing projects, and much more.
Design Aids—Masonry FC-Masonry-Design&SpecSite
Masonry Materials and Applications http://www.ncma.org
Masonry Buildings Applications http://www.ncma.org
Masonry Technical Publications Database http://www.ncma.org
NCMA e-TEK and e-Details http://www.ncma.org
Masonry State Association Resources http://www.ncma.org
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