Masonry Manual Being Revised
The NZCMA, in partnership with the Cement &
Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), is
currently updating the Concrete Masonry Manual.
The Manual was created in the late 1970s as a
guide to the design and construction of concrete
masonry; a staple material of the New Zealand
construction industry that encompasses reinforced
concrete block and concrete block veneer, along
with concrete block paving and flagstone paving
for pedestrian walkways.
Periodically reviewed over the decades as New
Zealand Standards change, the Manual’s last
major review was in 1999, although the Design
Section was up-graded in 1999 and 2004 to match
the issues of NZS 4229 Concrete Masonry Buildings
Not Requiring Specific Engineering Design and
NZS 4230 Design of Reinforced Concrete Masonry
The NZCMA recently decided to completely update
the technical contents of the Manual, and to make
it available on the NZCMA website where it can
be freely downloaded in sections as required.
The process is on-going, with Parts and Sections
uploaded to the website as they become available.
Work has seen Part 1 General fully completed,
along with Part 3 Construction Details. Sections
of Part 2 Properties of Concrete Masonry, Part
4 Reinforced Masonry, Part 5 Veneer Walls, Part
6 Specific Constructions, and Part 7 Pavers are
complete or under various stages of review.
The full project is expected to be complete by
mid-2013. Download the Manual.