Elizabeth Young, LEED Green Associate

Dynamic Progress

We are excited to share the winners of the Inaugural Designing Masonry for ALL Its Worth awards program! In the previous issue of SMART|dynamics of masonry, each of the entrants was introduced. This issue features winners. Our panel of judges included masonry enthusiasts and experts from the disciplines of architectural design, engineering, material production and masonry craftsmanship. Their various perspectives ensured that each project was considered thoughtfully for its innovation and performance as it relates specifically to the use of masonry. Read about the ways in which masonry helped achieve design intents and owner expectations for each winning project beginning on page 16.

The continuing education portion of this issue tackles two important topics that are easily overlooked and/or misunderstood. Mark McGinley, PhD, from the University of Louisville, writes about using energy modeling to achieve energy code compliance with single wythe masonry envelopes on three building types. As the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) continues to demand reductions in buildings’ energy consumption, McGinley’s research shows that energy modeling and the energy budget method continues to allow single wythe masonry to be a viable option. Masonry is favored for its low initial construction cost, durability, familiarity and energy modeling.

In reviewing project specifications, Masonry Institute of Michigan Executive Director Dan Zechmeister, PE, was alarmed at the number of times he was seeing stronger-than-necessary mortar being specified. He and co-author Jamie Farny of PCA explain that more isn’t always better when it comes to mortar strength and explain how to make the correct decisions about mortar to save on initial costs and ensure performance over the life of the building.

In place of a Universities Teach article, we look at education from the perspective of workforce development. Ensuring that there are bricklayers and other production staff available to meet the demand for masonry construction is at the forefront of industry objectives. Johnson Concrete in North Carolina is proactively recruiting the next generation of masonry industry employees. Corporate Sales Manager Starling Johnson Kaklamanos shares how in her article Oodles of Career Opportunities.

The BIM for Masonry initiative continues to add to the arsenal of resources available to designers and contractors alike in integrating masonry more into building information models. The International Masonry Institute’s Scott Conwell, FAIA, introduces the Wall Systems Library, a comprehensive project that aims to simplify the process of specifying masonry, standardize the way masonry walls are identified and considered and summarize the useful data unique to each wall. In doing so, traditional masonry wall systems continue to keep up with the technological advancements of 21st century construction.

Read this issue of SMART|dynamics of masonry to hone your knowledge meeting codes and standards efficiently with masonry and to be inspired to think about masonry’s design and performance attributes in a new light.

It is a pleasure to be a part of all the dynamic progress happening in the masonry industry. Please share your success stories!

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Elizabeth Young

Managing Editor, Associate Publisher

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