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Join Us in Booth 508 at the 2014 APA Conference

This week the American Planning Association is hosting their annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  If you're attending the show, be sure to stop by BIA at Booth 508 to learn about how using clay brick can benefit communities across the country.

We'll also have a brick sculptor on hand, where you can try your hand at sculpting your own green brick.  Be sure to enter to win an iPad mini before the drawing on Tuesday, April 29.

We hope to see you there!

APA Invitation 2014

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.

Trimble Added as Industry Expert to ProfNet

The Brick Industry Association is please to announce that Brian Trimble has recently been added to ProfNet's line up of experts.  With decades of experience, Brian is one of the industry's leading experts on clay brick.  His engineering knowledge and real-world experience working with architects and builders gives him in-depth and specialized knowledge when it comes to best practices, trends, and overall know-how.

ProfNet is a service of PR Newswire that helps to connect journalists with expert sources.  Any journalist can submit a query detailing the type of expertise they are looking for in any subject matter.  ProfNet has been successful because it gives reporters the ability to connect with high-quality experts quickly and conveniently.

Brian has been listed with ProfNet as a resource to speak about clay brick's role and importance as it relates to Earth Day, coming up on April 22.  His ProfNet biography is listed below:

Brian Trimble, P.E., LEED AP
Regional VP, Engineering Services and Architectural Outreach
Brick Industry Association (BIA), Reston, VA

Trimble is an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and has more than 25 years' experience in the masonry industry, assisting design professionals in the design of brick and masonry structures. He is a frequent lecturer to local, regional, and national construction industry groups, and he has authored many articles and papers on various masonry subjects. He has worked at BIA for more than 19 years, serving in various positions. In addition to his long tenure at BIA, he has worked for a brick manufacturer and the International Masonry Institute. He now leads architectural and builder outreach in the 17-state Midwest/Northeast Region for BIA. Trimble's extensive technical experience includes serving as chairman C12.03 of ASTM International and a past institute director for the Construction Specifications Institute. He is available to discuss building/green building topics, including residential/home building, commercial and industrial building, and green building practices.