Masonry Advisory Council eNewsletter | December 2016

What's happening in Masonry...
Brick Bonds                
On a recent trip to downtown Chicago I was once again reminded of the many different brick bonds that were used in constructing these beautiful buildings.  While many of the brick bonds used were ornamental and decorative, known technically as pattern bond, some of them contribute to the structural support of the wall as well, known technically as structural bondRead more>  
Enter to Win - December Promotion
Visit MAC's website and Enter to Win a HOLIDAY GIFT SURPRISE with a value of $100. This surprise gift will be a way to share the holidays with your family, friends, or co-workers. Click here to enter the promotion> Use the code: holidaysurprise
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Featured Event...
Four local Architects were judges for the Washington Excellence in Masonry Awards
MAC hosted the judging for the Washington Masonry Institute award entries in Park Ridge, IL. Four Chicago area Architects selected the winners from 15 categories. See who they are and the 2016 MIW winning entries. Read more>
From our Technical Library...
Single Wythe Concrete Masonry Walls
Single wythe walls, unlike cavity walls and veneered walls, require additional special attention regarding moisture penetration prevention. Three items make up what is the industry standard for how to properly use concrete masonry for single wythe walls.  Read more> 
Need Continuing Education Credits?  
MAC will come to your office and present a Lunch & Learn...(and provide free box lunches) to your staff. Our newest program is 'Balanced Fire Safety Design & Concrete Masonry Fire Walls'. This informative presentation reviews fire statistics and the ASTM fire test method that is used to qualify and quantify fire walls. Earn 1 CEU in the HSW category. For more information and to schedule a Lunch and Learn for your office Click here>
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