The following Hanley Wood University continuing education courses are brought to you by the Brick Industry Association.
Brick Cladding and Water Management -
This learning unit will address the benefits home builders and architects attain when choosing brick cladding as the primary exterior siding on homes. A strong performing wall cladding material will reduce the chance of water intrusion into the building envelope, which is more important than ever since modern construction practices have resulted in walls that are highly insulated and sealed against air infiltration.
Lack of proper water and moisture management poses a significant threat to the occupants’ health and comfort, as well as a threat to the long-term durability, structural integrity, and energy efficiency of the house. Water and moisture can lead to rot, mold, destroyed insulation, and invite pests and rodents into the home. As such, creating a protective shell around the exterior of the home to protect the occupants is critical for the long-term success of the home.
Brick, when compared to other exterior cladding options such as vinyl siding, fiber cement, stucco, and manufactured stone, is proven to be a superior choice for minimizing the potential for water intrusion and moisture issues. Also, brick has a long history of not only increasing curb appeal with aesthetic appeal, but also providing superior impact resistance and fire protection that are unmatched by other materials.
Credits: 1 AIA HSW/SD CEH, 1 NAHB
Posted: February 2012
Sponsor: Brick Industry Association
Subjects: Building Envelope, Materials, Masonry Construction
Cost: Free of Charge
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