Monthly Archives: February 2019

Australia’s concrete masonry industry demands action on fire safety

February 18, 2019

NCMA eNewsFebruary 14, 2019 Australia’s concrete and masonry industry has called for more action to ensure that non-combustible materials are not installed on multi-story buildings. Following the recent emergency at the Neo 200 tower in Melbourne, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA), Think Brick Australia, and Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) have called on…
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NCMA Solutions Center: Can a firestopping concrete masonry wall have penetrations?

February 18, 2019

NCMA eNewsFebruary 14, 2019 Yes. A firestopping concrete masonry wall can have penetrations providing that the penetration conforms to the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC). The penetrating item has to conform to the material requirements that the IBC lays out as well as the dimension limits the IBC specifies for penetrations through firestopping…
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Green Building News: Case Study

February 18, 2019

TMS Sustainablity E-NewsFebruary 15, 2019 One of the enduring benefits of masonry is its longevity. Adaptive reuse projects blend the appeal of the old with benefits of new construction. The link below showcases one example in NYC. ASTM E 3069 Standard Guide for Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Mass Masonry Walls for Changes to the Thermal…
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Thermal Breaks in Building Envelopes: Recent Research Findings

February 18, 2019

TMS Sustainablity E-NewsFebruary 15, 2019 Thermal bridges occur when a component of high thermal conductivity causes excessive heat flow through the building insulation envelope. A large variety of conditions can cause thermal bridging, including cladding (shelf angles, grillage posts, canopy beams), metal wall studs, window mullions, and poor corner detailing. Thermal bridges through the envelope…
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