1. Ten years is but a speck of time in a field that is thousands of years old. But in the past decade, the masonry industry has faced a host of challenges. These issues have been tackled with creativity and verve but are far from resolved. Most of the issues pivot on a central theme -- how to make masonry a more competitive building system. The industry has embraced four general solutions: improve the quality of the final product
  2. improve the efficiency of the design and construction process
  3. make masonry more user-friendly
  4. promote masonry's many benefits more aggressively.

The 10 critical industry issues covered in the article include: improving productivity, recruiting masons, training masons, the workmanship standard, a unified masonry code, wall bracing, masonry contractor certification, recapturing the residential sector, metrication and Internet applications.