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Building Concrete Masonry Homes: Design and Construction

August 1998, 43 pages

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Concrete rises above grade.

[IMAGE: The builder pours glue to seal the concrete blocks around the steel angles making the opening durable.] Sure, you've seen concrete masonry units (CMU) used for foundation walls. But unless you build in the South, you--and your local code official--may not be as familiar with using CMU in above-grade walls. The strength, durability, fire-resistance and energy performance of CMU make it an attractive material for residential construction.

This document identifies the major issues related to the design and construction of a home with above-grade concrete masonry walls, focusing on two case study homes. It presents different approaches to construction details including the installation of insulation, floor framing, and doors and windows.

The case study homes illustrate several different techniques for detailing building elements such as floor decks, insulation, windows and doors, flashing, and gypsum wallboard.


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