Concrete masonry is an effective solution for the ever-changing design environment. In this HSW program, the importance of test reports and their relevance to design and sound construction of the building envelope is explained. This program also addresses how good masonry practices can assist designers in achieving the objectives of Green Building and Sustainable Design. Also addressed are the proper techniques to create effective results with building acoustics, the importance of Fire Ratings and the impact on public safety. This presentation meets the AIA requirements for a one-hour Health, Safety and Welfare credit.