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Canada A23.1 – Concrete Materials & Methods of Construction
Canada A23.2 – Test Methods & Standard Practices for Concrete
Canada A23.3 – Design of Concrete Structures
Canada A23.4 – Precast Concrete
Canada S269.1 – Falsework & Formwork
Canada A165.1 – Concrete Block Masonry Units
Canada A165.2 – Concrete Brick Masonry Units
Canada A165.3 – Prefaced Concrete Masonry Units
Canada A179 – Mortar & Grout for Unit Masonry
Canada A370 – Connectors for Masonry
Canada 371 – Masonry Construction for Buildings
Canada S304 – Design of Masonry Structures
On average, 77 concrete and masonry construction workers die on the job each year in the United States. (BLS)
The top violation cited in the concrete construction industry is respiratory protection. (OSHA)
The leading cause of death among bricklayers and masons is falling to a lower level. (The Center for Construction Research & Training)
Concrete is an ideal building material because it is durable. Structures made of concrete last much longer because they can withstand weathering, erosion, and other forces. Concrete retains heat and cold which reduces the need for people to spend as much money on heating and cooling the building. It is also considered safer because of its inability to burn or rot.
Concrete becomes porous as it dries, which means it isn’t waterproof. There are some products that can make concrete less porous, thus making them more waterproof. These products are either mixed into the concrete when it’s poured or applied as a topcoat after the concrete has cured.
The different types are modern concrete, high-strength, concrete, high-performance concrete, ultra-high-performance concrete, stamped concrete, self-consolidating concrete, shotcrete, and limecrete. Modern concrete is the most commonly used. You will often see it used in urban construction projects.
Cement is an ingredient used to create concrete. It comes in a powder form and has to be mixed with water to produce a paste. That paste is mixed with aggregates (sand and rock) to create concrete. Think about producing concrete like making a cake. Cement is similar to flour. While flour is a main ingredient in cake, you still need to add sugar, eggs, and other ingredients to make the cake. It’s the same with concrete; you can’t produce it with cement alone.
The most common masonry unit is a brick. Marble units, granite units, limestone units, cast stone units, concrete blocks, glass blocks, and adobe blocks also fall under the category of “masonry.” By definition, masonry construction is the process of creating structures from individual masonry units that are sealed together with mortar.
Yes, some masonry structures are built from concrete blocks. Additionally, masonry units are sealed together with mortar, and one of the main ingredients in mortar is cement. So, while mortar isn’t made from concrete, it is made from the same basic ingredient as concrete.