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Masonry construction is a durable form of construction because the components themselves are insert, non-biodegradable and do not rot.

The vast majority of masonry is not reinforced, with steel reinforcement and in these cases masonry construction is also not subject to corrosion.

For these reasons masonry is the simplest construction method to design construct and maintain to deliver long lasting buildings.

The Brick Development Association (BDA) [Severely Exposed Brickwork] document provides detailed guidance to ensure that designers can specify and detail to ensure the potential deterioration mechanisms of frost action and sulphate attack are prevented.