Concrete Masonry Manual being revised

Issue 52 – August 2013

The New Zealand Concrete Masonry Association (NZCMA), in partnership with the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand, is currently updating the Concrete Masonry Manual.

The manual was created in the late 1970s as a guide to the design and construction of concrete masonry; a staple material of the New Zealand construction industry that encompasses reinforced concrete block and concrete block veneer, along with concrete block paving, and flagstone paving for pedestrian walkways.

Periodically reviewed over the decades as New Zealand standards change, the last review of the manual was in 1999, although the design section was upgraded in 1999 and 2004 to match the issues of NZS 4229 Concrete masonry buildings not requiring specific engineering design and NZS 4230 Design of reinforced concrete masonry structures.

The NZCMA recently decided to update the technical contents of the manual and to make it available on the NZCMA website, where it can be freely downloaded in sections as required. The process is ongoing, with parts and sections uploaded to the website as they become available.

Work has seen Part 1 General fully completed, along with Part 3 Construction details. Sections of Part 2 Properties of concrete masonry, Part 4 Reinforced masonry, Part 5 veneer walls, Part 6 specific constructions, and Part 7 Pavers are complete or under various stages of review.

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Summarised from the NZCMA website.

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