On Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1–2 p.m. Eastern, The Masonry Society (TMS) will host the webinar entitled “Exterior Masonry Walls and Energy Code Compliance.” This is the second in the 2017–2018 series of TMS-sponsored webinars, held on the second Thursday of each month from October through May.
There are many reasons to use masonry in building. The single most commonly used reason not to use masonry is cost. Wood, steel, plastic, and glass are all cheaper cladding. Even CMU’s and brick are pricier than most other options.
But cost is always relative in construction. What seems cheap when installed can be pretty expensive if it needs replacement in the short term—and chronic maintenance of any building component is painful beyond the dollars-and-cents cost.
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.