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Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes

Debunking actual cost of brick homes and common misperceptions of  building a brick home versus competing exteriors. RSMeans, North America's leading supplier of construction cost information, developed "The Installed Cost of Residential Siding" study for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).The October 2015 study compares RSMean's estimated construction cost of homes with brick veneer over wood framing with stone veneer, [...]

5 Considerations to Step up Your Fastener Game

A guide for fastener decision making By Mike Dill If you’re like most masons, you continue to perfect your craft and work smarter each day. One way of doing this is to review the types of decisions you make for each project and determine if you could or should make them differently. One such example [...]

Selecting Manufactured Stone Veneers for Any Application

Manufactured stone veneers are offering cost savings, speed of installation and great looks for light commercial building such as hospitals, retail buildings and senior living facilities. By Jim Cooper Rather than having a painted block building, communities are demanding – often through government-approved ordinances – that buildings blend in to local surroundings and have better [...]

Spanish Courses Added to MIA+BSI’s Natural Stone University

MIA+BSI’s Natural Stone University Adds Spanish Courses MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is expanding its Spanish course offerings, which are available online through the Natural Stone University. To date, Spanish versions of all Safe Slab Handling courses and the Basics of OSHA Compliance course have been uploaded. In addition, 42 Spanish Toolbox Talks are now [...]

Coverings 2017 Draws an International Crowd

The largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America reports increased attendance numbers. By Jennifer Morrell Nearly 28,000 attendees from all over the world with an interest in stone and tile made the jaunt to Orlando, Fla., for Coverings 2017. Attendance at the show increased by 9 percent over 2016. The creative energy could [...]

Masonry Training Programs: Building a Future

Jonathon Crouch applied for one of the  masonry training programas four years ago and is well on his way to completing his apprenticeship. By James Lally At 17, Johnathon Crouch enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard as an infantryman. It was 2012, and in the summer between his junior and senior years of high school he left [...]

Masonry Material Production and Delivery

When it comes to masonry material production and delivery, the big white silo and orange mortar mixer are a classic combo, but by no means is this the only possible configuration. By Todd Ferguson Driving past or working on just about any construction site in the United States, what will you usually see on the [...]

Death of the Brick Mason

Is the highly skilled brick mason artisan disappearing? See how the construction industry is playing a role in the death of the brick mason. By Dave Branch When you look at a building, do you ever study all the details of the exterior? If you are someone like me who has been in the design [...]

Silica’s 90-Day Delay

What does OSHA’s delay of the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard mean to the masonry industry? On April 6, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard, citing a need for more time to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The standard [...]

Insurance policies for construction contractors

By Timothy R. Hughes Construction contractors are used to buying lots of different insurance policies. Indeed, many contracts and subcontracts include specific requirements regarding the types and amounts of insurance coverages required. Contractors are less informed about what these policies cover and, more importantly, do not cover. Managing risk and running your business effectively requires [...]
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