Schools Partnering with Brick Masons

Watch this video to see how schools are partnering with brick masons in North Carolina.

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Why Concrete Masonry Is the Best Way to Save Lives, Property

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019, which means now is the perfect time to discuss how structures made of concrete masonry help protect property and lives. Structures built from concrete masonry units (CMUs) not only help prevent fires because of their noncombustible nature, they are extremely effective in slowing or blocking the spread of […]

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Trending in New School Construction

Architects Chose Concrete Masonry to Deliver Modern, Secure and Welcoming Design When Charlotte-based Cort Architectural Group was chosen to design the Mountain View Elementary School in Morganton, NC, father-son team, John and Hamilton Cort, focused on creating a modern, secure, and welcoming space with a flexible and functional flow pattern.  In fact, Mountain View Elementary […]

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Building More Comfortable Buildings With Concrete Masonry

Thermal mass wall systems consisting of concrete masonry units (CMU) can help make buildings feel comfortable all year long. The Southeast Concrete Masonry Association knows there is some confusion around the issue of using continuous insulation in mass walls versus in lighter-framed walls made of a material such as lumber. While wood-framed walls typically utilize […]

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Concrete Masonry Buys Time, Saves Lives In Case Of Fire

In structure fires, time is of the essence. Minutes count. Seconds count. Concrete masonry structures afford you significantly more seconds and minutes than wood-framed structures in a fire, giving occupants more time to safely exit the building. In large buildings such as apartments, hotels, condominiums and senior living communities, block can be the difference between […]

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NCMA Offering FREE Concrete Masonry Continuing Education for the Design Community

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) is offering free online courses on the fundamentals of the concrete masonry industry. Free to architects, specifiers, engineers, and construction professionals – the courses cover all aspects of the concrete masonry field and can be taken at your own pace. No prerequisites are required. Hosted by AEC Daily, these courses […]

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CONCRETE VS CEMENT

What Do You Mean It’s Not The Same? There is a misnomer around the world about the word use of concrete and cement. In defense of the layman the problem arose years ago when the industry itself labeled one of its concrete blocks; cement blocks. How were they to know that the world would use […]

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Using Concrete Masonry Makes Sense, Saves Dollars

Using concrete masonry units in construction offers excellent value compared to wood and light gauge steel framing due to its low cost and superior performance. Walter Schneider III, professor of Architectural Engineering and Structural Engineering at Penn State University, performed a cost study on multi-residential structures built from the three materials in eight U.S. cities, […]

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Concrete Masonry Units Stand Up to Storms

With Hurricane Florence fresh in our minds, many people – residents, business owners and contractors – are thinking of how to best withstand the high winds of massive storms and tornadoes. For many of these individuals, the answer could very well lie in one building material: concrete masonry units (CMU). CMUs have a high mass […]

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New IBC 2015

A REVOLUTIONARY change in structural concrete masonry went into effect in Virginia on September 4, 2018, and is already in effect in the Carolinas. What you need to know:– Increasing f’m from 1,500 to 2,000 psi Saves TIME and MONEY Can decrease grout and vertical reinforcement up to 50%” For further information on the New IBC […]

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Resisting Fire: A Compelling Reason To Build With Block

The fire-resistant qualities of concrete masonry units (block) are a significant factor for its use in buildings such as schools, retail establishments and commercial buildings. Block structures are inherently more fire-resistant than other building materials and experience minimal water damage in the event of a fire. In most cases, block construction will keep damage outside […]

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Concrete Masonry Visionary – Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably one of the most influential American architects in our history. Come hear about how he influenced architectural design and the use of concrete masonry during a special 100-Year Anniversary special session, “Frank Lloyd Wright – Concrete Masonry Visionary,” on Wednesday, August 1 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm While Wright […]

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Resilient High Performance

As we continue to see more frequent and more powerful natural and man-made disasters, the built environment must consider whether enough is being done to protect the health, safety and welfare of occupants, but also the durability of the structures themselves. In addition to lives saved, buildings designed to be sustainable and resilient in the […]

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TAKE ACTION – KEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE FROM TALL WOOD BUILDINGS

The International Code Council soon will vote on proposed code changes that among other things would allow tall wood buildings to be built up to 18 stories, despite a lack of rigorous scientific or in-the-field fire and structural testing. NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION by urging the ICC to say no to these […]

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Building With Concrete Masonry Makes Savings Sense

Concrete Masonry construction, when considering energy savings and maintenance costs, may be a better value when compared to structures built with wood or light steel framing.The Southeast Concrete Masonry Association performed a cost study for nearly 100,000-square-feet, multi-residential structures constructed with the three materials in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia.Although conventional wood […]

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