Masonry is Cost Effective!
In 2017, the Masonry Institute of Iowa invested in having an INITIAL COST OF CONSTRUCTION study done to show that masonry, as a building material, is cost effective!
The objective of this study was to develop a construction cost model to accurately evaluate the relative construction cost of a multi-family building constructed using six different construction materials. The concept of multi-family would include traditional apartment type buildings, condominium style buildings, student housing, elderly housing, and others.
The building model chosen for the project was a 4 story multi-family residential structure encompassing approximately 25,000 gross square feet of building area per floor. Based on the proposed target building types. The model is assembled using a mix of one and two bedroom dwelling units. The combination of the two different layout considerations would more realistically address the variety of construction configurations commonly found in the multi-family dwelling marketplace. The façade of all of the models was constructed using brick to be uniform in appearance.
The following construction types and alternates were evaluated:
Conventional wood framing with wood floor system (Type VA Construction)
Light Gage Steel Framing with cast-in-place concrete floor system on metal form deck (Type IIB Construction)
Load bearing concrete masonry construction with precast concrete plank floor system (Type IIB Construction)
Precast concrete walls and precast concrete floor system (Type IIB Construction)
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls and precast concrete plank floor system (Type IIB Construction)
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls and ICF concrete floor system (Type IIB Construction)
As the results of the study show - MASONRY IS A COST EFFECTIVE BULIDING MATERIAL!
TO READ THE FULL RESULTS OF THE DES MOINES STUDY, CLICK HERE.