As energy codes get stricter, how can masonry meet these new requirements and stay economical? Fortunately, masonry’s innate qualities like thermal mass can provide high performing and energy efficient buildings. Learn about how energy codes treat opaque walls including masonry and find out how to use thermal mass to your benefit. Masonry walls don’t need as much thermal insulation in a wall and cavity wall construction provides a perfect place for continuous insulation. In fact, single-wythe concrete masonry can meet the energy codes – you just have to know which method to use. New requirements for thermal bridging can also be challenging. Learn when a shelf angle is necessary and how to detail it to minimize thermal bridging. Finally, hear about new research that debunks the assumption that veneer ties are a thermal bridge.

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