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New Brick Brief on Designing Anchored Brick Veneer Above 30 Feet

Another new Brick Brief has recently been published by BIA's Engineering and Research department. Architects and builders will find it helpful to learn more about "Designing Anchored Brick Veneer Above 30 Feet with a Backing of Wood Framing".

This Brick Brief reviews alternative design and detailing options for anchored brick veneer with a proposed height exceeding 30 feet and a backing of wood framing that serves as the main force resisting system for the building. Included are typical approaches to alternative design, differential movement calculations, and typical designs and detailing considerations.

For questions, contact Chip Clark at


Designing Anchored Brick Veneer Above 30 Feet with a Backing of Wood Framing | A Brick Brief from the Brick Industry Association

New Brick Brief on Using Queen Size Brick

BIA’s Engineering & Research staff has recently published a new Brick Brief on using queen-size brick, "Constructing Walls with Queen Size Brick".

Queen-size brick is growing in use all over the country and in areas where its use has been limited in the past.  This Brick Brief is targeted towards builders and helps to explain some of the coursing and detailing differences that they may encounter with their use.

For questions, contact Brian Trimble at


How To Construct Walls with Queen Size Brick | A Brick Brief from the Brick Industry Association

New Video Demonstrates Proper Paver Installation for Clay Brick Pavers

A new video on BIA's YouTube channel demonstrates for landscape professionals and homeowners the proper installation techniques for clay brick pavers. The video - "Installing Clay Pavers” - covers the unique steps for laying clay pavers on a sand setting bed, including measuring modules, laying chalk lines, and proper joint spacing.

“While fired clay brick pavers do last much longer and retain their color much better than other paving surfaces, proper installation is critical for optimal appearance and performance — just as they are for every paving surface,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.

This new 18-minute video combines shared content from the Brick Industry Association and the School for Advanced Segmental Paving in Franksville, Wisconsin. More detailed instructions with graphics can be found in BIA Technical Note 14A: Paving Systems Using Clay Pavers on a Sand Setting Bed.

Additional BIA paving resources for landscape designers and installation guides for homeowners may be found on BIA's website.

Seven Emerging Design Trends in Brick Buildings

In the July 2014 issue of Building Design + Construction magazine, the editors looked at emerging design trends when it comes to using brick in a variety of buildings.  Some of the building trends include:

  • Using unique patterns at different depths and orientations
  • Mixing gray and white shades of brick
  • Incorporating different textures to the brick's exterior

To find out the all design trends and see photos of example projects, read the full article at Building Design + Construction.

Building Design + Construction is the only magazine published for the Building Team—architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, and facilities managers—involved in design and construction of nonresidential buildings. The audience is concentrated to the most influential decision-makers, with 100% of Building Design + Construction's 72,142 readers involved in the selection of building products and services.

Update Complete on Technical Note 28C: Thin Brick Veneer

This month, a major revision to Technical Note 28C on Thin Brick Veneer and an updated Technical Notes Index were added to the BIA website.

Technical Note 28C: Thin Brick Veneer provides design and construction information on the use of thin brick in adhered veneer systems. Methods of thin brick construction discussed include thick set, thin set, modular panels, and prefabricated panels consisting of architectural precast concrete, tilt-up concrete, and wood or steel stud frame panels.

Major topics presented in Technical Note 28C include properties of thin brick veneer, system descriptions, system selection, system design, materials, installation, and maintenance. Specific recommendations for design are provided for water-resistive barriers, means of drainage, flashing/weep screeds, foundations, deflection, movement joints, continuous insulation, thin brick units, reinforcing lath and mesh, mortar, flashing, and cement backer board. Information on the installation and maintenance of thin brick veneer systems is also provided.

With the completion of the revision of Technical Note 28C, the entire 28 series on masonry veneer has been updated within the last few years.

For access to all of the Technical Notes, visit
For questions, contact Chip Clark at or 703-674-1531.

Technical Note 28C Thin Brick Veneer

What Do Americans Want - and Not Want - In A Green Home?

After 10 years studying Americans’ thoughts on environmental and energy issues, researcher Suzanne Shelton has found that many home builders often make big mistakes when marketing their high-performance homes. In a recent Builder magazine article published in March, Shelton talks about the green features Americans want—and don’t want—in a home.

For example:

  • Homeowners don’t find the term “high-performance housing” to be useful because most of them don’t know what it is.
  • The term “green” is over-used.  Americans care more about comfort, their health, keeping their family safe, resale value, and lower utility bills than they do about “green.”  Instead, they care about the benefits of green.
  • Some people will pay a premium for green features, but the home still has to look attractive. 

To read the story in full, visit Builder magazine.

BIA Talks about Brick Trends in Modern Home Builder Magazine

In the Spring 2014 issue of Modern Home Builder, readers will find an article all about brick trends entitled "Building With Brick."  Home builders and buyers are looking for a fresh twist to a classic material, so a growing range of options and applications are coming into the market.  Some of the recent trends in clay brick include:

  • Glazed brick walls with diverse and bright colors
  • Brick screen walls that create porous designs
  • Special shaped brick to use in decorative accents

To see the complete list of brick trends, read the article online or refer to pages 10-11 of Modern Home Builder if you have a printed version.

Modern Home Builder Brick Trends article

Modern Home Builder’s 118,842 readers are CEOs, Presidents, Principals, and other high-ranking executives at architectural firms and residential builders with average annual revenues of more than $30 million and more than 100 employees.  It also reaches public and private developers, owners, and investors.