Using Concrete Masonry Makes Sense, Saves Dollars

Walter Schneider III, professor of Architectural Engineering and Structural Engineering at Penn State University, performed a cost study on multi-residential structures built from the three materials in eight U.S. cities, mostly in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern parts of the country. A look at the average material price in the eight cities shows that CMU’s always fell in between wood (lowest price) and light steel framing (most expensive).

Although there is a common misperception in the industry that steel gauge framing is cheaper, you can see that it is consistently $4-$12 more expensive per square foot than CMU’s based on our numbers in the eight markets.

When you look at the benefits of the respective materials, CMU really sets itself apart from both wood and steel. Future energy and maintenance costs will play a significant role in expenses associated with the building.

Consider the following: