Meeting Milestones and Pushing Forward
Elizabeth Young, LEED Green Associate
Thank you for the positive comments you keep passing along to us regarding SMART|dynamics of masonry. We are continuously working to bring you information for which you are asking. Design trends fresh for the 21st century. Watch for a new advertising feature developed to allow you to view emerging colors, feel the textures, smell the sand. The ReBranding of Masonry focuses on HIGH PERFORMANCE and INNOVATIVE AESTHETICS. You responded to our design challenge by submitting projects in several categories to lead the way to the new masonry fashion and performance standards. You are responding to the new ad look appealing to the new masonry intrigue.
Products are providing ease of installation, energy optimization, reduced carbon footprint. Simplistic wall systems. Prefabricated masonry walls. Robotically-laid masonry buildings. Manufacturers are responding with their capability using improved technologies to fabricate wire ties, flashings and such with greater speed and for quicker installation.
No longer is masonry as it was yesterday. Those reading SMART|dynamics of masonry are learning of the advancements of this industry. Articles written by experts in the field and peer reviewed bring you the newest techniques, technologies, products, initiatives. Enjoy their passion. Appreciate their leadership in pushing this industry forward.
When you sponsor subscriptions to your customers, tell them you are sending this publication to them to enrich their knowledge of the unparalleled masonry wall system: sustainable and resilient, textural, beautiful and cost effective. Masonry transforms our communities, ensuring longevity. Encourage them to save each issue in building their Masonry Resource Library.
The Designing Masonry for ALL Its Worth awards program entries are fresh for the 21st century, each in its own way truly representative of what is possible to achieve with masonry. The Panel of Distinguished Judges, with all of their experience and passion for masonry, had their work cut out for them as they determined the winners. Volume 3.2 will announce winners.
Leaps and bounds being made by the BIM for Masonry initiative ensure masonry remains viable as building design becomes more “high tech”. Creation of tools and resources for designers and contractors have made BIM-M possible TODAY. Let us know how you’re using it.
Efficiencies of unparralled wall systems are brought to light. Masonry Institute of Washington Executive Director Tonia Sorrell-Neal shares the 2016 Masonry Systems Guide - NW Edition created by and for the Pacific Northwest design community, systematizing masonry walls for ease of use. ACME Brick’s Engineer John Swink explains how masonry systems continue to be a great choice for meeting increasingly-stringent energy code requirements. Mason Contractor Al Slattery encourages masons to sell the attributes of their quality wall system.
Thank you for your continuous commitment to masonry design and construction. We will do our best to make sure SMART|dynamics of masonry is your resource for masonry advancements and efficiencies, education, information and inspiration.
Managing Editor, Associate Publisher