“Neighbours know that when we build a masonry home, the quality of construction and the look and feel of the neighbourhood will be upheld.”
–Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Toronto
Sustainable development is a big part of what makes a community thrive. As civic leaders plan for the future, the link between the aesthetics and durability of a neighbourhood, and its appeal as a place to live, work, shop, and play is a critical component. More and more communities are choosing homes become standard, many North American municipalities are setting a minimum requirement for the use of masonry in residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
+ Site-related sustainability
+ Indoor environmental quality
+ Innovation and design process
+ Energy use and atmosphere
+ Water efficiency
+ Materials and resources
Masonry products contribute to point ratings in every category.
Municipalities can have confidence in masonry to produce and enhance communities that last. The benefits for communities include quality of life for residents and increased revenue for the municipality. A recent study by the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architectural and Urban Planning studies that show the adoption of masonry ordinance results in:
The research also concluded that the adoption of a masonry ordinance “does not significantly increase the owner cost or rental burden for residents and does not make housing in the community any less affordable.”
A sustainable community attracts residents, and keeps them comfortable and happy to stay in the neighbourhood. Masonry contributes to sustainable communities with compelling benefits in durability, safety, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. When compared to alternative cladding choices, and considering resale value and maintenance costs over the life of the home, choosing masonry makes even more economic sense. The long-term cost benefits of a masonry home is important to entry-level buyers who are stretching simply to purchase a home, and have little additional cash to spend on upkeep, and seasoned buyers choose overwhelmingly to purchase a masonry home.