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From monthly archives: August, 2014

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BIA Offers Architects New Online Course to Boost Energy Performance

The Brick Industry Association has created a new online course for architects in conjunction with AEC Daily. This free, self-paced course, “Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls,” is BIA’s first partner course with AEC Daily and is part of their Daily Course Collections.

BIA’s new course provides an overview of designing for energy efficiency in brick masonry construction, including best practices for insulating the building envelope, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation, and using passive heating and cooling strategies.

“Partnering with AEC Daily offers architects the latest information and guidelines on maximizing brick wall energy performance, while making the course available to more industry professionals,” said course presenter Brian E. Trimble, CDT, PE, LEED AP, BIA’s regional vice president, engineering services and architectural outreach.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
  • List the methods of heat transfer, the factors that affect heat transfer, as well as the effective strategies used to reduce heat transmission
  • Define the basic properties of heat loss and heat gain, including the principles of R-value, U-value, thermal mass, air barriers, and condensation
  • Discuss where thermal bridges occur and the best practices for improving the energy efficiency of a brick wall assembly
  • List the energy codes that pertain to building construction as well as the available compliance options
  • Describe the various types of passive heating/cooling strategies that can be implemented to reduce a building’s energy requirement

Additional BIA resources for architects and designers may be found at

BIA Creates First Online Course for Community Planners

The Brick Industry Association has created its first online education course for community planners, “Making or Faking Great Places, Design Guidelines for Smarter Growth.” American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members who complete the free course can earn one free Certification Maintenance (CM) credit.

With changing demographics, a new interest in public health, environmental concerns, and a desire for energy efficiency, more and more communities are looking to adopt principles that promote smart growth and can guide infill and redevelopment. This presentation was created for planners who are interested in developing design guidelines or updating existing guidelines that will ensure smart growth reflects the distinctive and unique character of their community.

“The cookie-cutter approach to smart growth falls short in building upon the visual character that makes a community unique,” said planner Ann Stanley, AICP, a BIA consultant. “This new course offers planners information about creating guidelines that can help retain the character of their communities,” she said.

The course provides an overview of:

  • the legal framework that gives communities the authority to regulate aesthetics, character and materials;
  • the policy and regulatory tools available at the community level for implementing character; and
  • the process for engaging the public to define the character that will make their community a great place.

BIA’s community planners also provide a variety of free services to local government agencies. These complimentary services include assisting with drafting design guidelines for new development, on-site presentations, consultations and information on best practices for including clay brick in zoning and design standards.

Brick News Online: August 2014

If you are a BIA member, check your inbox because the newest issue of Brick News Online comes out today.  This month's articles will include content such as:

BIA News

2013 Annual Brick Industry Report Now Available
Registration Open for Brick University
Engineering Updates
Environmental Health and Safety Updates

Committee Updates
Non-Residential Committee
Paving Committee
Public Sector Committee
Residential Committee

Regional Updates
Midwest/Northeast Region

Industry News
Housing Statistics
Architectural Insights

In Every Issue
Member News
Upcoming Events
Classified Ads

If you're a brick manufacturer, distributor, or affiliated industry supplier and would like to receive Brick News Online, contact BIA for more information about membership.

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.

Innovation in Paver Installation

Well, this is different! For anyone thinking that clay pavers must be laid by hand and one at a time, take a look at the video below.  It's an innovative and automated way to lay pavers quickly and in a variety of patterns. All while remaining standing!

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.