Masonry Advisory Council August Newsletter

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What's Happening in Masonry

What good is a Parapetto?

The parapet is where the masonry wall transitions from being an insulated masonry wall to an uninsulated masonry wall. Additionally, the wall is subject to moisture penetration on both sides now, typically, unless this is a veneer and with no heat from the structure it protects.

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Masonry Insights

Reinforcing Existing Masonry For New Lateral Loads Part 2

Masonry shear walls must resist lateral loads due to wind or seismic events based on geographic building location per the applicable building code. Depending on the magnitude of the load, shear walls may or may not require reinforcing to provide adequate lateral resistance.

by Michael Manor, PE, MLSE

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Get Your Masonry Cost Guide

The new 2019 Masonry Cost Guide is completed. This long awaited cost guide contains material examples, detailed architectural drawings, and other resources to help you better determine pricing for building masonry structures. This book isCOMPLIMENTARY to Architects & Structural Engineers in the Chicagoland area and NW Indiana. Other industry professionals can purchase the masonry cost guide online.

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Excellence in Masonry Awards

Show off your Masonry Projects... ENTER YOUR PROJECTS NOW!

Submission Deadline is September 1, 2019

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Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

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Chicagoland Resource Directory

MAC's new website is designed to provide you with quality resources for the construction of masonry buildings. Find Masonry Suppliers, Contractor Suppliers, Union Mason Contractors, Masonry Apprenticeship School, and NEW MASONRY PRODUCTS in the Chicagoland area.

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Schedule a Lunch & Learn

Featured L&L for August... one of our most popular topics: What Non-Engineers Need to Know about Structural Masonry

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