You may have noticed an increase in the use of the word system lately. What exactly does system or systemization mean? According to a recent article from the Mason Contractors Association of America:

Systemization in building construction has historically been the main role and function of the architect, engineer or designer. When you stop and think about the individual parts and pieces that make up a sustainable, well-functioning building, you begin to realize the complex task of designing even a small structure. Every building requires interrelated systems constructed with many separate parts. As new energy codes demand higher performance and reduced energy consumption, designers and builders will be forced to design more complex systems to build it right.

Luckily for architects and builders, a trend is developing in the industry for building product manufacturers to move toward true systemization.

All told, that has a number of unique implications for masonry, most notably, when it comes to the exterior building envelope. Read More