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Concrete Masonry in Green Buildings

Format On Demand: Article/Print
Offered by McGraw Hill Construction
Category Other

This course discusses specifying CMU as part of a naturally sustainable design.
Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) are well known by architects, contractors, and owners because of their enduring history over thousands of years demonstrating proven performance in manybuilding types around the world. From a design standpoint, they provide flexibility, variety, and code compliance within a range ofstandardized and modularized shapes and sizes. From a construction standpoint, they are commonly available and installed by local masons using established construction techniques. From an owner#s perspective, they provide affordable, durable, and safe facilities with comparatively low maintenance. But beyond all of this, their inherent characteristics and properties also contribute substantially to green and sustainable design. As this course explores further, they do this in multiple ways due to their inherently green nature.


1. Identify and recognize the traditional attributes and features of Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) construction.
2. Assess the strengths and limitations of CMU for use in green building design including inherent green building characteristics.
3. Investigate and compare different strategies to increase green building performance using CMU construction.
4. Explore the types of innovative design applications and positive life cycle attributes of CMU construction.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0