The Portland Cement Association's 6th edition of the popular Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders has been completely updated and now includes more than 200 color photos to describe designing and building with concrete masonry. The handook maintains a similar organization to the previous version, and includes comprehensive coverage of concrete masonry units, mortar, and grout. The design and layout chapter provides an introduction to the structural behavior of masonry elements, including the types of loads acting on structures, and how the loads are carried through key components of masonry walls. Additional chapters address construction of concrete masonry, severe weather construction provisions, finishes for masonry walls, and applications of concrete masonry. The appendix includes more than 40 details of masonry sections, and a comprehensive glossary of masonry terms. This informative handbook reflects the latest applicable codes and standards including requirements in the 2006 International Building Code, the 2005 Masonry Standards Joint Committee Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry, and current ASTM standards. Relevant research and technical publications, including the National Concrete Masonry Association TEK series, are extensively referenced, providing both a thorough understanding of various topics and a key resource for deeper study.