Brick, stone and masonry have been used by builders and designers for centuries, yet they are constantly being improved, especially with regard to their ability to improve the building envelope and thereby improve durability, sustainability, indoor environmental quality - all leading to better health conditions for occupants. This course looks at new types of brick, stone and masonry systems, such as thin brick veneer, clay brick paving, and stone cladding, for use by Building Teams and offer advice on installation and maintenance.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
Discuss the main criteria for selecting and specifying brick and masonry in commercial construction for durable, green building that enhances occupant health andf welfare.
List key benefits of masonry systems to optimize weather barriers in vertical enclosures or to mitigate stormwater runoff and prevent excessive wear on horizontal surfaces.
Compare natural stone products and manufactured stone or thin brick in terms of durability, life cycle, environmental benefits, and material resources.
Describe basic installation criteria to extend building life and improve building envelope performance using manufactured stone, masonry, thin brick, and natural stone surfaces and cladding.