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Masonry Sector Group

Concrete NZ - Masonry Sector Group

About the Group

The Masonry Sector Group addresses issues of short and long-term importance to the concrete masonry industry. Its objectives include maintaining a commitment by its members to comply with:

  • AS/NZS 4455.1:2008 Masonry units, pavers, flags and segmental retaining wall units - Masonry units
  • AS/NZS 4455.2:2010 Masonry units, pavers, flags and segmental retaining wall units - Pavers and flags
  • AS/NZS 4455.3:2008 Masonry units, pavers, flags and segmental retaining wall units - Segmental retaining wall units
  • NZS 3116:2002 Concrete segmental and flagstone paving

The Group promotes the architectural and engineering uses of concrete masonry, providing representation to public and private sectors, as well as developing and supporting the competence of the masonry trade.

New Zealand Concrete Masonry Manual

Concrete masonry is a staple material of the construction industry; a silent workhorse that encompasses reinforced concrete block and concrete block veneer, along with concrete block paving and flagstone paving for pedestrian walkways.

Concrete masonry offers structural and architectural advantages in a single material and is recognised as a major contributor to a sustainable built environment.

The New Zealand Concrete Masonry Manual, which was created in the late 1970s as a guide to the design and construction of concrete masonry, has been updated and is available in sections for free download as required.

SuDS Resources

With interest in Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) applications, the NZ Concrete Masonry Association (NZCMA) and Concrete NZ recently held seminars that brought together UK, Canadian and local expertise.

The seminars covered the disciplines of landscape architecture, urban and environmental planning and the engineering design and construction of the drainage system.

SuDS resources target Landscape Architects, Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers involved with stormwater systems, and Paving Contractors.

Site Practice and Workmanship Guide

Intended for use by all members of the building team, including site supervisors and brick and block layers, this Guide:

  • covers the key points for preparing and carrying out masonry work onsite,
  • includes extracts from relevant Standards and Codes of Practice for easy reference; and
  • provides a handy action checklist