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Concrete Masonry in Green Buildings

Concrete Masonry in Green Buildings free ebookConcrete masonry units (CMUs) are well known by architects, contractors, and owners because of their enduring history over thousands of years, demonstrating proven performance in many building types around the world. Their inherent characteristics also contribute substantially to green and sustainable design.

As this guide will explore further, they do this in multiple ways due to their inherently green nature. After reading this article, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and recognize the traditional attributes and features of concrete masonry unit (CMU) construction.
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of CMUs for use in green building design including inherent green building characteristics
  • Investigate and compare different strategies to increase green building performance using CMU construction.
  • Explore the types of innovative design applications and positive life-cycle attributes of CMU construction.