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Unreinforced and reinforced masonry are commonly used construction materials in the residential housing sector. With the recent global shortages of construction materials and hike in construction costs, masonry can play an important role in providing cheaper and quicker housing solutions.

Masonry has been used since ancient times. The form and use of masonry have evolved over the years. For example, the thicker walls of historical masonry buildings have been replaced by slender walls in modern dwellings. However, past studies show that masonry structures have generally suffered during seismic or cyclonic events, which pushes design engineers and architects to use alternate construction materials in their projects. A systematic investigation of the performance of modern masonry buildings is thus necessary for a global acceptance of this construction material. Especially, studies on the structural resilience of modern masonry buildings, their indoor environment, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency need attention.



The goal of this research topic is to gather research articles on the resilience of modern masonry buildings. For this purpose, contributions related to but not limited to the following topics are welcome:

• Structural resilience assessment of modern masonry buildings and masonry walls

• Performance of thin-bed and mortarless masonry

• Mechanical properties of modern bricks and blocks

• Thermal performance of modern bricks and blocks

• Destructive and non-destructive testing of masonry

• Material and structural level testing of masonry

• Damage detection and evaluation

• Advanced numerical models

• Nonlinear static and dynamic analysis

• Indoor environment quality, including health and thermal comfort of modern masonry buildings

• Energy efficiency of modern masonry buildings

Keywords: Unreinforced masonry; Reinforced masonry; Structural resilience; Mechanical properties of modern masonry; Buildings performance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Unreinforced and reinforced masonry are commonly used construction materials in the residential housing sector. With the recent global shortages of construction materials and hike in construction costs, masonry can play an important role in providing cheaper and quicker housing solutions.

Masonry has been used since ancient times. The form and use of masonry have evolved over the years. For example, the thicker walls of historical masonry buildings have been replaced by slender walls in modern dwellings. However, past studies show that masonry structures have generally suffered during seismic or cyclonic events, which pushes design engineers and architects to use alternate construction materials in their projects. A systematic investigation of the performance of modern masonry buildings is thus necessary for a global acceptance of this construction material. Especially, studies on the structural resilience of modern masonry buildings, their indoor environment, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency need attention.



The goal of this research topic is to gather research articles on the resilience of modern masonry buildings. For this purpose, contributions related to but not limited to the following topics are welcome:

• Structural resilience assessment of modern masonry buildings and masonry walls

• Performance of thin-bed and mortarless masonry

• Mechanical properties of modern bricks and blocks

• Thermal performance of modern bricks and blocks

• Destructive and non-destructive testing of masonry

• Material and structural level testing of masonry

• Damage detection and evaluation

• Advanced numerical models

• Nonlinear static and dynamic analysis

• Indoor environment quality, including health and thermal comfort of modern masonry buildings

• Energy efficiency of modern masonry buildings

Keywords: Unreinforced masonry; Reinforced masonry; Structural resilience; Mechanical properties of modern masonry; Buildings performance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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