New guidelines for elements for masonry that use alternative materials

The ASTM International Committee on Masonry Elements (C15) has approved a new Standard that provides guidelines for elements produced with materials that are not yet standardized according to existing ASTM Standards.

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Traditional masonry units are made of inorganic materials that can include clay, concrete sand or calcium silicates. Masonry elements are used for a wide range of construction activities.

However, an increasing number of manufacturers are examining the use of alternative materials in their manufacturing processes and this guide will provide indications to establish consistent performance characteristics for these elements.

“This standard will spur, if all goes well, manufacturers of masonry elements with consistent and reliable industry performance,” says William McGinley, professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering research at the University of Louisville.

The new Standard (soon published as C1825) will help producers and consumers in the process of developing normative units for masonry elements made up of alternative materials.

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ASTM Standardization News “New Standard Provides Guidelines for Masonry Units Using Alternative Materials”. Settembre/Ottobre 2018