The ACerS Structural Clay Products Division (SCPD) in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center (NBRC) held it’s Spring Meeting May 13-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the first year that ACerS SCPD and NBRC have held their meeting together and it was very well received by the attendees. During the technical session, attendees were able to hear from nine speakers on topics ranging from efflorescence to thin brick production and testing. Interstate Brick hosted the plant tour for the attendees and provided lunch. The meeting concluded on the final day with NBRC’s general membership meeting followed by a review of their research program.
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- Factual Assessment of Masonry Efflorescence, Brad Cobbledick, Brampton Brick
- Optimization of Shale Usage at Acme Brick’s Tulsa Plant, Garth Tayler, Acme Brick
- Update on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Masonry Initiative, Chip Clark, The Brick Industry Association
- Belden’s Experience with Thin Brick, Bob T. Belden, The Belden Brick Company
- Testing Thin Brick, Parker Stroble, The National Brick Research Center
- Update on EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Rule, Terry Schimmel, Boral Brick
- A New Type of Biomass Gasifer, Christophe Aubertot, Direxa Engineering
- R-Value and Thermal Mass of Brick Masonry, John Sanders, The National Brick Research Center
- The Bigger Picture: Perspectives from a Brick Mason, Alan Johnson, IMS Masonry
Interstate Brick Plant Tour
Interstate Brick, established in 1891, joined the Pacific Coast Building Products family in 1990. The company’s products, used in residential and commercial construction, offer several distinguishing features that motivate architects and builders across the country to specify them. The array of colors and exceptional quality clays found in the company’s extensive deposits produce distinct brick products. Unique shades, such as canyon rose, arctic white, desert sand, and a selection of variegated stone hues provide a vivid palette from which architects can create dramatic effects. Interstate Brick produces a full line of standard brick products and sizes, including face brick, pavers, and coping. Distinctive products include Atlas Structural bricks manufactured up to 16 inches long to permit taller, thinner walls that can withstand earthquakes, extreme wind conditions, and fire. Interstate also manufactures 16-inch Emperor Face Brick that can be scored to look like smaller bricks, allowing masons to increase their output.
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