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Opportunities through Building Code Changes

The 2015 edition of the International Building Code® (IBC®) requires most schools and emergency facilities located in areas of high tornado risk to contain storm shelters that meet the...

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Interior Thermal Mass: Designing a High Performance Interior Environment

Why do we need interior thermal mass if we’ve already insulated a building? 

This commonly asked question is best answered by explaining that insulation works to prevent thermal loss through the...

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Internal Bracing of Masonry Walls

"Options, options, options!" is one of the best phrases to describe structural masonry. Internal bracing of masonry walls while they are being constructed is a perfect example of an option...

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BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) Symposium

Over 100 industry leaders gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, earlier this month to learn about Building Information Modeling (BIM) progress by the coordinated efforts of the masonry industry.

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Large Format Tile: Dealing with Lippage

Large format ceramic and porcelain tile can provide a floor finish that is contemporary, beautiful, and easily maintained.  In order to achieve a successful installation, it is important for a...

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IMI's Historic Preservation Certificate Program

 

The American Architectural Foundation awarded its inaugural Oculus Award for Leadership in Design & Cultural Heritage to both the International Masonry Institute and the International Union of...

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Engineering Masonry Partition Walls Just Got Easier – Again!

Introduced last year, the Masonry Partition Wall Software was a huge hit; now additional features are available in the new Version 2.

The program is designed to make engineering masonry partition...

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Scott Conwell of IMI Elected to AIA College of Fellows

The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elected Scott Conwell to its College of Fellows.  He will receive this distinction at the Investiture Ceremony this May...

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Building with Masonry for Fire Safety

Last week’s dramatic fire in Edgewater, New Jersey, which resulted in the destruction of a large apartment complex, inevitably leads us to reflect again on the core principles of building for fire...

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IMI, National Geographic and the Great Cathedral Mystery

 

IMI National Training Director Robert Arnold along with other IMI staff were sponsored by National Geographic to help construct a scaled down version of Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, Italy...

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