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NC State students unveil new energy-efficient concrete block designs

from North Carolina State University

Blockfest Judges discussing and ranking the NCSU
concrete masonry unit design entries. Photograph by
D. Gulling.
The graduate and undergraduate students of North Carolina State University professor Dana K. Gulling have completed their Blockfest and Unit Design Competition, sponsored by Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association, Johnson Concrete Company, and Adams Products an Oldcastle Company. The winning team, including architecture students William Hipp, Heather Troutman, Kyle Semon, Adam Dunn, was recognized for their THERMOBLOCK unit design. The competition challenged students to develop unit configurations in compliance with the new ASTM C90 standard to maximize energy-efficient single-wythe walls. The entries were judged by a team of practicing designers and industry professionals. The winning team will represent NC State at the national competition at the 2013 NCMA midyear meeting this summer in Chicago. The competition was funded in part through a grant from the NCMA Education and Research Foundation. For more information on working similarly with universities in your area contact Dennis Graber. more

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