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Design Trends / Green Building
Reducing the Impact of Building Envelopes
Achieving sustainability within the building envelope starts with specifying the right products. The author offers three strategies to reduce the environmental impact of your design.
by Tom Hanzely
The Greenest Buildings
Green building is not just for new construction; it’s also using what already exists. Masonry Design presents what architects need to know about masonry preservation and restoration.
by Karen D. Hickey, based on a presentation by Elena Peltsman
Comfort Block: High-Performing Green Masonry Product
The first self-contained, insulated building block in the United States is easy to use, reduces water on the jobsite and creates a faster, more streamlined construction process.
by Chris Genest
Materials / Recycled Masonry Materials
Bricks Incorporated: Reclaiming Chicago Common Brick
Bricks Incorporated salvages reclaimed brick, reclaimed fire brick and old terra cotta in and around Chicago. See some of their latest projects.
by Karen D. Hickey
Technology / Seismic Retrofitting, Reinforcement and Anchors
Seismic Retrofitting of Masonry Buildings: Why It’s Needed
An unstable masonry building is unsafe for those both inside and outside its walls during a seismic event. Upgrades to unreinforced masonry buildings can improve safety as well as overall community resilience.
by David Sommer and Cale Ash
Tornado Season Underscores the Importance of Reinforced Masonry Wall Systems
General Shale’s Endurance RS4™ Structural Brick Provides Significant Advantages for Tornado-Prone Areas
By Dawn Henning