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Concrete Network: Resource Site On Concrete Walls
Concrete Network provides information and resources on concrete decorative walls and retaining walls.

GBE: Blocks Made With Green Compositions
Green Building Elements describes various blocks that employ a wide variety of green building materials in their composition.

PCA: Overview Of Concrete Building Systems
Portland Cement Association site explains different concrete building systems, including masonry block, insulated concrete forms, cast in place, tilt up, precast, autoclaved aerated concrete, and shotcrete.
Industry Information

HIRL: Concrete Evidence, Trends in Luxury Homes
Home Innovation Labs says concrete homes are more often found in the Luxury segment. Based on their Annual Builder Practices Reports and a long history of industry experience they summarize some things form over the past few decades, and what is on the horizon.

NAHB: Annual Awards Recognizing Systems Built Marketing & Design
US National Association of Home Builders Building Systems Councils (BSC) announced winners of its annual Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design, honoring builders and manufacturers responsible for the finest marketing materials and home designs in the concrete, log, modular and panelized home building industry.
Information Sources

Concrete Homes: US Consumer & Industry Magazine
Concrete Homes a US magazine covers concrete home technologies, benefits, designs & plans, directory of builders, discussion forums, articles, and industry events.

PCA: Resource Site For Concrete Homes
Portland Cement Association site provides concrete home information including building systems, benefits, technical reports, newsletter, home plans, show homes, technical support, and links to more resources.
Issues & Performance

RDH: Thermal Performance Requirements for Concrete Enclosure Walls
RDH online guide Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements provides a brief introduction to compliance options for modern building codes, and details calculation methods suitable for quickly estimating, at an early design stage, the thermal performance of concrete enclosure wall systems. (PDF)

BC Housing: Building Smart with High Performance Concrete Envelopes
BC Housing online video was created for their Building Smart with High Performance Concrete Envelopes workshop that focused on concrete envelopes for Part 9 and Part 3 construction. Industry experts discussed the latest research on how concrete envelopes can help deliver results as well as some of the most effective ways to meet the new BC Energy Step Code standards. Topics for discussion included precast concrete, sandwich concrete walls, insulating concrete forms, and cast-in-place concrete. The workshop program provided practical examples to illustrate thermal bridging considerations and to identify compliance paths for meeting the thermal performance requirements.

Building Science: Avoiding Mass Failures
Building Science describes how to insulate mass buildings on the interior and not get into trouble.

Building Science: Deep-Dish Retrofit Of Uninsulated Masonry Wall From Outside
Building Science describes how to retrofit an uninsulated masonry wall from the outside so you can get a perfect wall out of the deal.

Building Science: Interior Insulation Of Mass Masonry Walls: Joist Monitoring, Salt Effects
Building Science research report Interior Insulation of Mass Masonry Walls: Joist Monitoring, Material Test Optimization, Salt Effects describes how adding insulation to the interior side of walls of such masonry buildings in cold climates may cause performance and durability problems. (PDF)

Building Science: Internal Insulation of Masonry Walls
Building Science describes issues and considerations for insulation and air sealing of mass masonry walls. (PDF)

JLC: Caulking Joints In Masonry
Journal of Light Construction describes how a well-designed and properly installed caulked joint can be the key to weather resistance where wood and metal meet masonry. Free site registration required.
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