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Masonry Education Foundation & National Concrete Masonry Association Partner in Landmark Residential Energy Study

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning  in late-2012,  the Florida's  Masonry Education Foundation (MEF), in joint cooperation with the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) contracted with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to study the effects of various wall systems on the yearly energy used by one and two story residential homes in all climate zones throughout the United States.


The object of the study was to obtain a direct comparison of the actual energy and dollars expended using different types of walls in a typical residential home while keeping all other aspects of the house exactly the same.  The basic output from the research is the total "whole house" yearly energy use. 

In all, 607 different wall systems were modeled for both one and two story prototypes in 18 different Florida and national climate zones.   At total of 21,852  separate analyses were made.     

The results of this important  research confirms the superior performance of thermal mass in masonry construction and pointedly shows the diminishing returns of over-insulation.  A full technical report from PNNL will be available in January 2014. 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. For more information:

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) is located in Herndon, Virginia.  Contact: Robert Thomas 703.713.1900

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, Masonry Education Foundation (MEF) was created in 2002 to add new and expand existing apprenticeship programs and offer education to the masonry industry. The Mission of the Foundation is: "To coordinate and provide education of the masonry trade" For more information:

SOURCE Masonry Association of Florida

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