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Pathology of building envelopes:
restoration and durability of masonry construction: resources

A bibliography and resource guide hosted by A. Sebastian Engineering and Investigation Services

Eternally under construction

A few thoughts about problems with contemporary masonry
...and some specific thoughts about cracking

Masonry bibliography and links



Please note: North American area codes keep changing at a rapid pace. Please ensure that our information is current. On the other hand you are getting one of, if not, the most complete list of North American (USA & Canada, Mexico not included at this point) list of masonry related organizations.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation The Old Post Office Building
#809-1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

ABEC/Alberta Building Envelope Council
url: Nice and informative site.

American Ceramic Society
757 Brooksedge Plaza Dr., Westerville OH 43081-6136
614 890 4700

American Concrete Institute (ACI International®)
POB 9094, Farmington Hills, MI 48333
(248) 848-3700

American Society for Testing and Materials
100 Barr Harbor Dr., West Conshohocken PA 19428-2959
610 832 9585 Fx 610 832 9555

Association des Producteurs de Granite du Québec (Quebec Granite Producers Association)
375 Verdun St, Québec, PQ G1N 3N8
Tel 418 681 0071 & 514 286 7152

Association for Preservation Technology
POB 3511, Williamsburg VA 23187
540.373.1621 Toll Free Fax 888.723.4242
Do not expect much free information on this site, other than abstracts and small bits of their "APT Bulletin: The Journal Of Preservation Technology", which is mostly a teaser. Better than nothing, I guess... Some interesting links, though at

Atlantic Masonry Research & Advisory Bureau, Inc
University of New Brunswick, POB 4400 Fredericton NB, E3B 5A3
506 459 8889 Fx 506 453 4844

Brick Industry Association (formerly Brick Institute of America)
11490 Commerce Park Drive, Reston VA 20191-1525
703 620 0010 Fx 703 620 3928
BIA is by far a first class purveyor of information (much of it free), interseted more in the success of the industry as a whole than in making a fast buck by any means possible. Equal only to the Great Canadian: IRC. Unfortunately they are in the habit of drastically changing their web site for no reason whatsoever.

British Columbia Building Envelope Council/BCBEC
Alan Toon, NBEC Director
3250 East Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1W5
Tel 604 666-8047 Fax 604 666-4444

BCMI: see MIBC and note at Masonry Institute of Washington

BRE / Building Research Establishment Ltd
Watford WD2 7JR, UK
+44 (0)1923 664000
url: Plus, BRE operates a Construction Information Gateway (CIG) at

Building Envelope Council Ottawa Region/BECOR
POB 7328  Vanier Postal Station, Vanier ON, K1L 8E4
url: A pretty good site! Check their synopsis area

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Their BOMI is a perfect example of bureaucracy gone bezerk!

Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
CMHC Publications
700 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON, K1A 0P7
613 748 2362

Canadian Concrete and Masonry Codes Council
116 Albert St, #609, Ottawa ON, K1P 5G3
613 236 9471 Fx 613 563 4498

Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association
#101-1013 Wilson Ave, Downsview ON, M3K 1G1
416 635 7179 Fx 416 630 1916

The Canadian Housing Information Centre, CMHC
700 Montreal Rd, Ottawa ON, K1A 0P7
613 748-2367 fax 613 748-2098

The Canadian Stone Association /  L'Association Canadienne de la Pierre

Canadian Masonry Contractors Association
360 Superior Blvd, Mississauga ON, L5T 2N7
905 564 6622 Fx 905 564 5744
In Vancouver BC call Masonry Institute of BC: 291-1458; fax 291-9482

Canadian Masonry Research Institute
200, 10712-176 St, Edmonton AB, T5S 1G7
url: Last I checked, this site was a total waste of time
403.489.1768 Fx 403.484.1970

Canadian Portland Cement Association
#609-116 Albert St, Ottawa ON, K1P 5G3
613 236 9471 Fx 613 563 4498
also at:
1500 Don Mills Road, Don Mills, Ont M3B 3K4
416 449 3708 Fx 416 449 9755
Vancouver BC info to come

Canadian Standards Association
178 Rexdale Blvd, Rexdale ON, M9W 1R3
416.747.4044 Fx 416.747.2475

Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association
#112-1 Centerview Dr, Greensboro NC 27407
336-852-2074 Fx 336-299-7346

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Cast Stone Institute
2299 Brockett Rd, Tucker GA 30084

Civil Engineering Research Foundation
Just a few summary reports and newsletters live freely here. Everything else is available for a fee.

Chimney Safety Institute of America

Clay Brick Association of Canada
c/o Brampton Brick Ltd
905 840 1011 Fx 905 840 6461

Concrete Masonry Association of California & Nevada
Suite 1990, 6060 Sunrise Vista Dr, Citrus Heights CA 95610-7079
916-722-1700 FX 916-722-1819

Concrete Paver Institute
POB 326, Milton ON, L9T 4Y9
703 713 1900 Fx 703 713 1910

Concrete Paver Institute National Concrete Masonry Association (CPI/NCMA)
2302 Horsepen Rd, Herndon VA 22071-3406
703-713-1900 Fx 703-713-1910

Construction Specifications Canada (CSC)

Construction Specifications Institute
601 Madison St, Alexandria VA 22314-179
800-689-2900, 703-684-0300, Fx 703-684-0465

Council for Masonry Research (CMR)
#300-11490 Commerce Park Dr, Reston VA 20191
703-620-0010 Fx 703-620-3928
This is an A+ organization with a web site to match.

European Association of Tile and Brick Manufacturers
(Fédération Européene des fabricants de tuiles et de briques)
Obstgartenstrasse 28
Postfach 217 CH-8035 Zurich, Switzerland
Ph 1 3619650

Indiana Concrete Masonry Association
POB 130, Bellefontaine OH 43311
937-599-3682 Fx 937-599-3683

Indiana Limestone Institute of America

Industrial Materials Institute
National Research Council Canada
75 de Mortagne Boulevard, Boucherville Qué. J4B 6Y4
450.641.5000 Fx 450.641.5103

Institute for Research in Construction, NRCC
url: IRC and BIA are the top of the great information providers (much of it free), interseted more in the success of the industry as a whole than in making a fast buck by any means possible.

International Masonry Institute
823 15th St. W., Washington DC 20005
202.783.3908 Fx 202.783.0433

International Masonry Institute - Maryland
42 East St, Annapolis MD 21401
800-464-0988, 410-280-1305 Fx 301-261-2855

International Masonry Institute - Ohio
#200-A-21380 Lorain Rd, Cleveland OH 44126-2144
800-464-0988, 440-333-1990 Fx 440-333-4330

International Masonry Institute - WA
6770 E Marginal Way S., Bldg C, Seattle WA 98108
206 767 3986 fx 206 767 3986
Laird Donaldson, Terry Hayes

Marble Institute of America

Masonry Advisory Council
url: Last I checked, a good chunk of their site was nonfunctional; the balance though had some decent, and free, technical information.

Masonry Canada (Masonry Canada was formerly known as the Masonry Council of Canada)
360 Superior Blvd, Mississauga ON, L5T 2N7
905-564-6622 fx 905-564-5744
email: url:

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Masonry Institute of America (MasIA)
2550 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90057
213-388-0472 Fx 213-388-6958

Masonry Institute of B.C. (tech articles at Masonry Institute of WA site)
3636 East 4th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5M 1M3
604-291-1458 Fx 604-291-9482

Masonry Institute of Oregon
#4-3609 Corbett Ave SW, Portland OR 97201-4328
503-224-1940 Fx 503-241-4807

Masonry Institute of Washington
Barb Headrick, Director of MIW
#105-3101 Northup Way, Bellevue WA 98004
425-803-0627 F 425-803-0667
url: A regional group that has their act together on the net! Bravo! They are also hosting a few excellent articles from the BCMI, and share their server with other Washington State masonry groups.

The Masonry Society
#201 D, 3970 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304-1135
303 939 9700 Fx 303 541 9215

Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC)
POB 9094, Farmington Hills MI 48333
248-848-3700 Fx 248-848-370

National Building Envelope Council (NBEC)
2440 Don Reid Dr, Ottawa ON, K1H 1E1

National Concrete Masonry Association
2302 Horse Pen Rd, Herndon VA 22071-3499
url: Last I checked, this site was a total waste of time
703 713 1900 Fx 703 713 1910

National Conference State Historic Preservation Officers
Hall of the States
#332-444 No. Capitol Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
list of all SHPO

National Institute of Building Sciences
#700-1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005-4905
202 289-7800 Fx 202 289-1092

National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property
#602-3299 K Street NW
Washington, DC. 20037

National Lime Association
#800-200 N Glebe Rd, Arlington VA 22203
703 243 5463 Fx 703 243 5489

National Park Service (NPS)
url: As of my last visit, this remains an amazingly confusing and confused site. Unfortunately you are paying for it. The NPS though published a number of masonry materials, some of them excellent, others... much less so.

The National Science Foundation - Engineering
4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22230
703-306-1234 FIRS 800-877-8339

Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, Tom Young, Dir.
#100-40 Lake Bellevue Dr, Bellevue WA 98005
425-453-7606 Fx 425-453-7610

The Northwest Concrete Masonry Association Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

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Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC)

Ontario Masonry Contractors Association

Portland Cement Association
5420 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie IL 60077
847/966-6200 fx 847/966-9781

Prairie Masonry Research Institute
(renamed Canadian Masonry Research Institute, see above)

Quebec Building Envelope Council/Conseil de l'enveloppe du bâtiment du Québec
4030, rue St-Ambroise, suite 457, Montréal Qué H4C 2C7
514-933-0044 F 514-933-3346

Technical Centre for Clay Tiles and Bricks
(Centre technique des tuiles et briques)
17, rue LeTellier F-75015, Paris France
Ph 1 45786500

Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada
#106-3311 Bayview Ave, Willowdale ON, M2K 1G4
416 223 4460

Tile Council of America

Washington State Conference of Mason Contractors
#105-3101 Northup Way, Bellevue WA 98004
425-803-0637, 800-221-7353, Fx 425-803-0667
url: This excellent site is shared with the MIW.
Louis Rowley, Executive Director
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