Alternative Materials

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Look-a-like Masonry Products Garnering Attention

I’ve included a number of news items in this week’s newsletter about proposed new building products. Activists in the green building movement are increasingly investing their time, talent and treasure in projects to create a new generation of building materials. These innovative products are often units shaped like conventional clay-fired brick and concrete masonry units. And at first glance, these products appear to be less harmful to the environment. But are they viable replacements? More

New ASTM Subcommitte on Alternative Masonry Materials
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New ASTM Subcommitte on Alternative Masonry Materials

To help direct suppliers of these alternative and the manufacturers who may wish... More

Brick By Brick
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Brick By Brick

A new competition redefines eco-friendly building. More

Sustainable Inside and Out
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Sustainable Inside and Out

Cement-based coatings add to ICFs' appeal. More

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Going Public

Working on government projects requires a new set of demands and considerations for the masonry contractor. More

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Brick Bats
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Lessons Learned from Thin-Stone Cladding

Used as a building material for thousands of years, stone's beauty and sense of permanence make it ideal for significant buildings. Within the past 150 years, however, advances in technology and the introduction of new building systems have changed how stone is used. More

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Avoiding the Leading Masonry Hazards

Many masonry contractors have introduced such a strong safety ethic onto their jobsites that their crews practice safe techniques as a matter of course. More

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Hoists with Pull

When forklift access is limited and a crane is too expensive for a job, many contractors use portable material hoists. More

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The Aesthetic Appeal of Ground-Face Block
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