Earthquake Resistance

Earthquakes are dramatic events. They often occur unexpectedly with little warning. Even though short lived, earthquakes can be extremely devastating in terms of loss of life and property.


The footprint of seismic zones is increasing and building requirements are changing. As a result, all buildings are expected to resist greater demands from potential seismic events.

The masonry industry has long been a leader in helping the specifier and the construction industry establish designs that will better withstand earthquake damage.

Existing masonry structures are providing an excellent opportunity for designers to verify assumptions regarding structural response to seismic forces. Buildings that perform well demonstrate the effectiveness of a design methodology; buildings that perform less well make it possible to locate deficiencies and revise design approaches to improve structural behavior.

A Concrete Masonry Check-off program will support the growth of the industry by educating designers, contractors, and installers as well as regulators, students, and owners about how to best take advantage of what concrete masonry has to offer. It will provide for significant and sustained research and development for existing and evolving concrete masonry products and systems, and it will enable the industry to better promote the product's benefits. The check-off program will leverage the combined strength of the entire concrete masonry industry while supplying the necessary funding to support industry initiatives and coordinate promotion at the local, state, regional and national levels.
(C) 2018, The Concrete Masonry Check-off Program Leadership Team