Clay brick, placed in skilled hands, can create inspiring structures that last for hundreds of years with little maintenance.
Since it’s made from the earth with clay and shale and fired to high temperatures, it doesn’t fade like synthetic materials, instead maintaining its appearance over time.
With a wide array of colors, textures, and shapes, brick provides flexibility for any architectural style.
Contemporary masonry cavity walls rely on the rainscreen principle to integrate multiple lines of defense against moisture:
Brick veneers are frequently called water shedding planes because they effectively “screen” or “shed” most rainwater from entering the assembly. It’s commonly accepted, however, that some water will bypass the veneer. One of the most effective ways to resist moisture is to fill all mortar joints, especially head joints in the brick veneer. Using skilled and qualified masons who are trained in the construction of masonry veneer is critical to wall assembly performance. Specifying advanced training, like IMI’s Flashing program, is one way to ensure the level of quality on any project.
IMI’s free project support, technical assistance, and education is here to help you at any stage in your building’s lifecycle.
Our multidisciplinary team draws on decades of experience developing solutions for high-performing masonry and tile projects.
Why settle for anything less than the best when it comes to the installers on your project? BAC craftworkers train throughout their careers to become building enclosure experts and masters of their craft.
When you want to have confidence that you’re working with qualified, experienced crews on your project, you can specify for well-trained craftworkers.
Here are some of the training, certificate, and certification programs you may want to specify for brick construction.
Proper flashing is one of your building’s best defenses against moisture. BAC craftworkers stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and building code requirements with IMI’s Flashing Upgrade Training Program.
Adhered masonry veneers are designed to provide superior moisture management, ventilation, and thermal performance. BAC craftworkers learn about the function, components, and proper installation of adhered veneer in this program.
Air barriers help prevent air and moisture from entering the building envelope. This course teaches BAC craftworkers how air barrier assemblies function, including how to evaluate materials, substrate conditions, and the continuity of components.
Here are some of the most common codes and standards that you may find helpful to reference when designing with brick. For a complete list, and for guidance on how to use these codes and standards, contact IMI.
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