Summer 2013: Table of Contents

Words: David Biggs
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Summer 2013:

Table of Contents


Moisture Management
The Three-Part Rule for Moisture Management
By John Koester
The three-part rule of moisture management is to “get moisture off of, out of and away from a construction detail as quickly as possible.” However, we are left with the nagging questions: Off to where? Out to where? Away to where?

Building Information Modeling
Masonry and BIM
By David Biggs and Jennifer Morrell
If BIM is to be the go-to building concept, then masonry needs to be in the fold. Several organizations and associations are forging the way to make it happen.

Air Barriers
Air Barriers: Impermeable or Permeable?
By Jane Wu
No building design today is complete without a continuous air barrier. However, architects and engineers are faced with the challenge of selecting an air barrier from the many types available, including the choice between vapor permeable and vapor impermeable air barriers.

Lightweight Block, Heavyweight Benefits
By Don Eberly and Laura Drotleff
At the Maryland Science Center, 24-inch-long lightweight concrete masonry units paid for themselves by saving masons half the labor.

Project Spotlight
Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center
Edited by Cory Sekine-Pettite
Knitting repurposed historic dormitory with new construction creates cost-effective facility with LEED gold certification.

columns & departments

Letter from the Editor
Industry News
New Products

Masonry Safety Inspections

The look of confusion and utter loss on people’s faces when I tell them that I’m a safety inspector for a masonry company is often hilarious.

About: Safety
What AI Can Do For the Masonry Industry

If your pension fund doesn’t hold NVIDIA stock, your fund manager has some questions to answer. This week, NVIDIA became the most valuable company in the world, with a market cap exceeding $3.4 trillion. They have been at the forefront of AI mania that ha

About: Featured
Brick: A Resilient Product That Will Make You Proud

Originating as the very dirt beneath our feet, brick has proven to be a sustainable, enduring solution that has been trusted for hundreds of years. While modern consumerism tends to focus on providing fast, cheap merchandise that is not intended to last,

Building a Sustainable Future with Brick: Benefits and Impact

In both residential and commercial building design and construction, there is a growing awareness and commitment to minimizing environmental impact while improving health, comfort, and overall well-being.