POSTED: January 7, 2014
We are proud to announce that MasonPro, Inc. is working hard at getting several project converted to FAST™ brackets around the United States.
The mission of MasonPro, Inc is “to provide the highest quality selection of masonry specialty materials to the commercial, industrial, institutional and residential unit masonry markets. We pursue our mission by providing superior service and innovation at the most economical price.” This also reflects many of FERO CORPORATIONS values, which is one of the reasons we believe their choice to use the FAST™ SYSTEM was the correct choice.
The FAST™ (FERO Angle Support Technology) system was devised to meet a demand for building technology that offers fast, low-cost, and effective shelf angle installations. When compared to alternative offset shelf angle supports, such as gusset plates, theFAST™ system requires a fraction of the time to install and is proven to be more economical and buildable, and better performing. In fact, the supply and installaton cost for the FAST™ system is about 50% less than other support systems. With the FAST™ system, the size of the shelf angle remains the same, and the supporting brackets vary in size to accommodate a wide range of design cavity widths. The FAST™ system uses a 100 x 100 x 6 mm (4″ x 4″ x 1/4″) angle which is readily available from local suppliers, and less expensive than using larger non-standard angles.
FERO CORPORATION is proud to be part of MasonPro’s upcoming projects and we are looking forward to hearing more about them as they progress. Back to Top
SEISMIC RISKS AND MASONRY STRUCTURES
POSTED: November 14, 2012
Various masonry associations on both sides of Canada/US border have worked to meet public safety issues in seismic structures and earthquake risks. In the last two years, we’ve seen both the region of Quebec and the Washington, DC area suffer earthquakes nearing magnitude 6. Other areas in the midwest US experienced seismic activity of varying degrees, and this has thrown into question the assumption that continental North America (with the exception of California and Mexico) is quite susceptible to earthquakes.
Additionally, tremors over the last few years are being attributed to deep soil resource activity, and it appears that humans may be contributing to seismic movement on some level as we continue to pursue energy and resource possibilities throughout the continent.
Modern structures comply with building codes that were developed to standardize masonry structures, and these codes ensure that buildings in most cases suffer little to no damage during seismic incidents. However, older structures, that often lack reinforcement in cavity or masonry wall assemblies, are a reasonable concern for the construction industry, as many US cities on the eastern seaboard have thousands of old structures still in use. Studies have been launched looking into wood frame masonry walls and multi-wythe buildings addressing retrofit options that minimize risk and bring these structures into compliance with modern standards.
Although organizations like FEMA have released task force based studies exploring the risks in current seismic areas as recently as 2009, newer studies are looking further into areas that posed lower risks, understanding that many of these areas have been seen to be susceptible in the long term.
In cases of cavity wall envelopes and assemblies, FERO engineered the Lateral Tie Clip System which employs a fastened single wire reinforcement mechanism that runs through to the masonry ties, and ensures a stronger capacity in both push-through and pullout capacities.
For a comprehensive list of US and Canadian Associations engaged in this research, please visit:
STAINS: MORE A MASONRY PRIZE THAN A PAIN
POSTED: November 14, 2012
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
As tired as people might be of this expression, it still has figurative meaning, and practical use. No use would be more practical an application than uttering this adage when staining masonry. Little has changed in 100 years, but there is some new news to share for lovers of colour.
In many cases, staining is best performed by hand, brick by brick in a similar way to how they were placed. Keeping safe, complimentary shading, depth of colour and batch consistency is an issue that plagues manufacturers, and this can dramatically affect the quality and look of an envelope. Many restorations happen with non-matching colours, and in some instances, supplies run out without a hope of a clean matching colour. We’ve seen designers flock to surface treatments like stucco to avoid the embarrassment of mismatched masonry, and we can’t blame them.
But some new developments are changing perceptions as stains have resurfaced as economical, sustainable, and in some cases, energy-saving options. Designers and trades have openly embraced stains and many claim that the key to successful staining lies in choosing the right vendor and selecting the right stain application.
There are now products on the market that reflect infrared light, reducing thermal transfer. This can dramatically reduce energy costs. Advancements in polymer pigments and the use of inorganic pigment additives can increase colour fading by decades.
Newer products cater to LEED compliance, offering various percentages of recycled ingredients, and chemicals professionals insist that this can make the surfaces more durable.
The not-so-common knowledge is the recognition that companies that make their own stains stand by them. Those that don’t can be a risk. Whether they might be importing or shipping pre-fab stain packages, buyers should beware. Stains are only as good as the developer who sweats making them. Know who they are and read the warranty for a long-term commitment to their product.
Masonry continues to be an attractive, cost-effective choice for building, and architects know how impactful a well placed masonry assembly can have on an environment. Having a wide palette of masonry stains ensures that whether building or retrofitting an envelope, assemblies have an opportunity to realize the highest visual and structural potential while encouraging sustainable building practices.
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