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Masonry Systems Guide Northwest Edition
Masonry Systems Guide Northwest Edition
April 11, 2016 6:15 PM CDT

2016 Masonry Systems Guide, Northwest Edition released

Best practices for masonry wall systems design and construction


The Masonry Institute of Washington has released the new Masonry Systems Guide Northwest Edition for 2016. This Masonry Systems Guide, a first-of-its-kind print guide and companion website, provides a standardized systems guide of best practices for masonry wall systems design and construction.

Each presentation focuses on the eight different masonry systems, CMU backup, veneers, adhered and structural, as well as wood and steel backups for each. Also included in the guide and the presentations are costing and budgeting information, thermal requirements and weatherproofing and specifications.

As you click through the website, you will find concise system guidelines addressing the key elements of the masonry envelope, including 2D and 3D details, installation processes, specifications, product resources and energy modeling. Each chapter contains information that will create a more educated design and construction process with more efficient schedules, and a standardized bidding approach for the installers. The systems guide includes recommendations and details, in downloadable format for both Revit and CAD, for air and water barriers; tie systems; thermal analysis; rainscreen technology; cost analysis; an Assembly Comparison Matrix as well as a Pricing Analysis.

The Masonry Systems Guide Northwest Edition is the Northwest masonry industry’s primary information resource on masonry systems and the first to address the challenges of energy code requirements for continuous installation. The website and the guide contain eight chapters outlining masonry systems, as well as a resource chapter for products appropriate for each system. The guide and the website are produced with support from the Northwest Masonry Institute, an umbrella organization including the masonry industry, general contractor representatives, and national suppliers and organizations.

About the Author

Tonia Sorrell-Neal is the Executive Director for the Washington State Conference of Mason Contractors.


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