September/October 2017: Table of Contents

Words: Bronzella Cleveland
green building masonry

September/October 2017:
Table of Contents


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

Columns & Departments

From the Editor
Industry Outlook
Industry News
Virtual Reality

Special Report: DEWALT

Westlake Royal Building Products™ to Showcase Be Boundless™ Campaign, Top Industry Trends and New Product Innovations at Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC)

HOUSTON (June 18, 2024) — Westlake Royal Building Products™ (Westlake Royal), a Westlake company (NYSE:WLK), will showcase its Be Boundless™ campaign, top industry trends and new product innovations at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in Anahe

Bringing Bricks Back To Life

BrickRecyc, a machine that removes old mortar from bricks, was invented by three entrepreneurs from Quebec in 2021. Tommy Bouillon, David Dufour, and Hugo Cartier were the innovation's source. The invention emerged out of necessity. Tommy Bouillon, head o

Are Your Employees Safe While Working In Hot Weather?

As the temperatures rise outside during summer months, so do the risks that employees working in hot conditions may be harmed by the dangerous effects it can have. Exposure to high temperatures can be deadly. It’s your responsibility as a business owner

Maximizing Efficiency with CrewTracks

In the masonry industry, efficient project management is crucial for success. CrewTracks addresses this need by streamlining various aspects of daily operations.