Masonry’s strength and ability to withstand severe weather and fire are helping to meet new demands for climate-resistant building materials. Moreover, concrete masonry’s (CMU) thermal mass benefits can reduce energy bills and improve thermal comfort in buildings.
Watershed Materials, a sustainable masonry products manufacturer, has been awarded a $740,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and commercialize structural masonry blocks with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
Angelus Block Co. Inc. released an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its concrete masonry units (CMU). Angelus Block is a manufacturer and supplier of CMU products in the Southern California construction industry, servicing a region from the central coast to San Diego.