Texas town’s zoning ordinance puts masonry front and center

Sources: Texas Masonry Council, Houston; CP staff

Following the lead of peers in cities across the Lone Star State, officials in Houston-bordering Bellaire have determined that clay, natural stone, or glass block masonry will be a predominant exterior building material.

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Brick group weighs pros and cons of competing exterior products

Source: Brick Industry Association, Reston, Va.

A new video and fact sheets debunk what BIA contends are common myths about genuine clay brick versus its competitors. With frank pros and cons on the latest in sustainability features, maintenance needs, costs, and fire safety, the package stacks brick against top alternatives: vinyl siding, concrete masonry, manufactured stone, fiber cement siding and Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS), otherwise known as synthetic stucco.

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Ash Grove Cement attains enterprise-wide ISO 140001 certification

Source: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.

On the eve of beginning its 100th year of operation in 2012, Ash Grove’s recently reconstructed Foreman, Ark., cement plant earned the ISO 14001 certification in December 2011, marking the last of the company’s eight clinker manufacturing facilities to achieve the designation and making it the only domestic cement maker to have achieved this distinction.

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