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Previous articles in this series covered general principles and drainage. The first article states that lawsuits can be minimized by good ethics, well-written contracts, clear communication, and by following directions (e.g., building codes). The second article illustrates how to avoid inadequate drainage, which moves the foundation and is the most common cause of masonry distress and lawsuits. This article addresses the foundation itself, which is the second most common cause of masonry distress and lawsuits.
Welcome to the first issue of Masonry Design! It’s hard to believe that little more than one year ago, the staff at Lionheart Publishing took our idea for this magazine and presented it to you and the industry. The overwhelming response was, “Yes. The industry needs this publication.” “Finally,” you told us, “a masonry-related magazine for architects and engineers.”
If you read our premier issue earlier this year, or are at all up-to-date on news and trends within the construction industry (and how could you not be, if you’re reading industry magazines such as ours?), then you know green building is big business. In fact, it is valued at $12 billion in the United States alone – and it is only going to grow.
The recent chain of earthquakes around the world – the large earthquakes in Japan and China, as well as the smaller temblors in Nevada and Indiana among other states – not only has scientists looking for clues, commonalities and links, but also it has state and federal officials taking a closer look at seismic codes and standards. Many in the general public wonder if our buildings (especially our older ones) will hold up during a large seismic event.
Toward the end of 2006, I started to think about how there was an important hole to be filled in the world of business-to-business publishing for the construction industry. My thought was that neither independent publishers nor professional associations were serving the needs of architects and engineers who design with masonry.
I’m pleased to report that since our debut at the World of Concrete / World of Masonry in Las Vegas earlier this year, Masonry Design and Lionheart Publishing, Inc., have received a very enthusiastic reaction from you, our inaugural subscribers, and from many suppliers and contractors who not only want to know more about the possibilities for masonry, but want to advertise their products to you.