Designing masonry construction is straightforward with much technical guidance available. For many situations structural design can rely on simple, readily available tables. The inherent properties of masonry – robustness, acoustic qualities, fire resistance – allows masonry itself to perform many functions without necessarily relying on subsequent finishes. 

This makes masonry structures more forgiving to adaptation and alteration throughout their lifetime – In other words providing performance during and after building works that might otherwise compromise acoustic or fire performance.

About the MMA

The Modern Masonry Alliance is a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It provides guidance on design of masonry and furnishes government and influencing organisations with the evidence of how masonry can contribute to a sustainable built environment. It is supported by the Aircrete Products Associaton, Concrete Block Association and Mortar Industry Alliance.

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To join the MMA

If you are interested in joining the Modern Masonry Alliance, contact us via telephone: +44 (0) 116 232 5170 or email: