Masonry is an excellent material for use on any "green" building project.
- The raw materials in masonry are available in most locations and are easily obtainable with limited environmental impact.
- Masonry can often be manufactured locally, reducing transportation requirements.
- Construction requirements for masonry are minimal. Large equipment is not necessary for delivery or placement, and staging areas need not be large. These factors reduce the impact that masonry construction has on the environment.
- Masonry can significantly reduce the energy usage of a building, because the structure stays warmer or cooler longer. This consistent temperature helps lower energy costs by shifting peak loads to non-peak hours, while ensuring the comfort of those who live and work inside the building.
- Indoor air quality is optimized for occupants, because masonry materials require no paints or adhesives, and are not mold-friendly environments.
- Masonry materials are inert and can be ground up and recycled for use in new masonry materials or aggregates.
- The ability to reuse existing masonry buildings, including entire structures or the core structure, further enhances its sustainable properties.
- Masonry building products contribute toward green building credits in LEED, National Green Building Standard, and other programs.
Arundel Masonry supports green building initiatives, and we understand the requirements involved with working on LEED-certified projects.