Restoration and rehab, software, and reinforcement technologies are but a few of the areas where breakthroughs occur regularly and can impact your jobs significantly. Look to Masonry Design for information on the latest advances.
Taking a page directly from the “How to Effectively Combine Aesthetics and Function” manual, some innovative, new masonry products have successfully addressed industry concerns about moisture damage with traditional siding products. A few of these concrete products blend the classic and elegant craftsmanship of European design with patented technology to make a product that not only looks great, but also is environmentally conscious.
Air infiltration of buildings causes significant heating/cooling energy loss and permits moisture and condensation to collect in the walls. This interstitial condensation creates significant problems for buildings and occupants alike, including poor air quality, mold and mildew, and even structural damage.
As masonry wall design continues to evolve into the 21st century, terms like air and vapor barriers, steel stud assemblies, rigid insulation, semi-rigid insulation, batt insulation, ventilation with weeps and vents, mortar collection devices, clear air space, and oversize masonry units are all employed to describe today’s masonry wall. Add to that list things like “green,” “high-performance” and “sustainable,” and well… masonry has gone through quite a transformation. But the constant over time has been the concern over the damaging effects of moisture infiltration.
Masonry is one of the oldest and most sought after building materials for new building construction. It can serve as both finish and structure, and is therefore extremely versatile in adding both beauty and strength to a project. For some owners, the use of masonry often is limited in projects because of concerns regarding cost, scheduling, quality assurance monitoring and performance.
With the seemingly constant changes to lift heights and required consolidation in the codes, there seems to be some confusion out there as to the what, when, where, how and why concerning the consolidation of grouted masonry cells. This article will help to demystify masonry grout and vibration products, and their usage.
In 1835, when the Pemaquid Point lighthouse was built in Bristol, Maine, the American paint industry did not yet exist. Portland cement technology was still more than three decades away from reaching the United States, and prepackaged paint production would start even later. Yet the stone lighthouse, built utilizing the best technology of its time, endured severe coastal exposures for 172 years with only minimal maintenance.
As masonry wall design continues to evolve into the 21st century, terms like “air and vapor barriers,” “steel stud assemblies,” “rigid insulation versus batt insulation,” “ventilation with weeps and vents,” “clear air space,” and “oversize masonry units” are all employed to describe today’s masonry wall. Each one of these items can have a direct impact on wall reinforcing and anchoring systems. Add to that list things like “green” and “sustainable,” and, well, you get the idea. Masonry has gone through quite a transformation over the last handful of years.
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