Issue 33 – November 2011
Standards New Zealand congratulates the New Zealand Concrete Masonry Association (NZCMA) on its recent 50th AGM. Formed in 1956, the NZCMA is one of New Zealand's oldest construction-related trade associations. The organisation seeks to inspire wider and more innovative use of concrete masonry in the built environment by providing technical support to ensure that industry decision makers realise the full potential of concrete masonry.
Concrete masonry is a staple material of the New Zealand construction industry. It encompasses reinforced concrete block and concrete block veneer, along with concrete block paving and flagstone paving for pedestrian walkways.
NZCMA president Dene Cook said the anniversary coincided with the association's update of the Concrete Masonry Manual, a significant resource for designers and specifiers, to reflect recent changes in industry standards and best practice.
'Through the dedication of its members the NZCMA will continue to promote the benefits of all concrete masonry systems as offering technically robust and seismically resilient solutions for a sustainable built environment, that will safeguard New Zealanders over the next 50 years,' says Cook.
'In addition to its structural prowess and durable low-maintenance, an important feature of reinforced concrete block masonry is that when utilised within passive solar design, it can greatly reduce the heating/cooling costs of homes through its ability to trap, store, and release the sun's heat.'
Cook says that recently the NZCMA has been involved with the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand and the Department of Building and Housing in the development of an Acceptable Solution (E2/AS3) for weathertight concrete and concrete masonry in the New Zealand Building Code. 'This will enable builders, designers, and their clients to choose from a wider range of building materials, and in turn enable the weathertight advantages of concrete and concrete masonry systems to enhance New Zealand's building stock.'