MCAWP

Why Masonry

Built to Last

Most of the earliest buildings were built from masonry and are still standing today! The fact is, no other building material can stand the test of time like masonry. Masonry can withstand many natural disasters, ensuring that your building will still be standing when others have failed.

Sustainability

The United Nations defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Masonry satisfies the UN’s definition and goes beyond. Masonry is:

  • Locally Sourced – so it reduces carbon emissions from longer deliveries;
  • Recyclable – masonry is recyclable and reusable in many situations;
  • Low Maintenance – masonry requires little maintenance throughout the life-cycle.

 

Future generations will have the ability to thrive on the buildings built with masonry today.

Cost Effective

One of the biggest myths about building with masonry is that it’s more expensive than other materials. The fact is that masonry will not only save money (and time) for the initial build, but will save money in the long run as well.

In a 2017 (updated in 2021) study comparing six different building materials, the cost per square foot for overall construction with masonry was the lowest of the group.

BUILDING SYSTEM                                       INSURANCE COST    CONSTRUCTION COST    COST/SQ FT

Masonry and Precast                                    $80,662                       $25,974,680                        $268.89  

Conventional Wood Framing                        $202,152                    $27,112,180                        $280.66  

Light Gage Steel Framing                             $112,687                     $27,445,183                       $284.11  

ICF Walls and Precast Plank                        $114,577                    $27,905,631                        $288.88 

ICF Walls and ICF Floor Alt                           $115,078                    $28,027,604                        $290.14  

Precast Construction                                    $98,715                       $31,788,293                        $329.07

**This study is based on a four story, multi-family residential structure in Pittsburgh, PA, approximately 24,000 sq ft per floor.