Echelon Masonry has expanded its InsulTech Insulated Concrete Masonry Unit (ICMU) System to include Half-High unit options. Featuring more than a dozen profiles — in finished nominal dimensions of 12 1/4 x 4 x 16 inches — InsulTech offers more flexibility and options for architects designing hospitals, schools and other institutions, while meeting building codes. The InsulTech system offers high thermal efficiency in an innovative design combining a pre-assembled structural masonry unit with a molded, High-Performance Neopor EPS insulation insert, and thin veneer face to provide a 16.2 R-Value at 75°F. Internal stainless steel metal anchors ensure wind-load resistance and integrity for fire safety. Molded drainage channels within the EPS inserts, combined with compliant closed-cell gasket material with drainage perforations, provide continuous insulation, air tightness and superior moisture management.
Watershed Materials Awarded National Science Foundation Grant To Develop Durable Green Masonry Building Materials With Zero Cement
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.
The Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) Initiative Continues Gaining Momentum with the New York State Concrete Masonry Association (NYSCMA) pledging to continue sponsorship and Duke Concrete Products of Queensbury, N.Y., coming on board as a new sponsor.
In 2008, when we first launched Masonry Design as a print publication, I would write an article for each issue about a unique masonry structure in another country. Since we don’t do this anymore in the magazine, I thought I would give these older articles new life by posting them here. In July, I shared with you the story behind the beautiful Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Now, I bring you the magnificent MARTa Herford Museum in Herford, Germany.