How to meet energy code requirements covered in masonry e-book

Low-rise multi-family residential building in Edmonton.
Photo courtesy Alberta Masonry Council

Masonry is a 5000-year-old building technology proven to perform well in all types of built environments, given its inherent resistance to fire, insects, and moisture degradation. However, this traditional technology must adapt to meet modern construction requirements, including high RSI/R-values, effective moisture management, and more efficient use of space.

An article exploring techniques to meet the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) requirements using the trade-off compliance path is included in the latest addition to Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books.

Building with Masonry provides a detailed look at the technical aspects of designing masonry wall assemblies and restoration of deteriorated masonry buildings. This four-part e-book covers adhered masonry walls, stacked stone, energy code compliance, and rebuilding aging masonry.

Readers will learn why drainage and ventilation planes must be used for adhered masonry walls in order to meet more stringent energy standards, and read about the restoration of multi-wythe brick masonry on a clock tower in Huntsville, Ont. In addition, the improper use of traditional masonry ties and stacked stone in thin cladding projects is discussed.

Download the Building with Masonry e-book in two different formats—pdf or digital edition—by visiting

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