Wall Systems

Single Wythe: Reinforced Brick

This efficient and economical masonry system allows a single layer of brick to perform as both the structure and the exposed surface of the wall.

Single  Wythe: Reinforced Brick
Coping and bond beam Truss attachment to bulb 'T' Flashing at base of wall

Recommended Building Types

Benefits

Special Considerations

Definition and Assumptions

Units: Hollow clay brick units, 8" x 4" x 16"

Reinforcement: #6 vertical reinforcement at 32" on center.

Bond beam at top of wall, and below roof joists

Flashing: Base flashing and weeps

Mortar: Type N, Portland cement/lime, plain gray

Joints: Concave tooled

Regional Variations

Fire Rating (hours)

Hollow: 2 hours

Hollow, but with cores filled vermiculite, perlite, or shale: 4 hours

Grouted at 32" on center: 2.5 hours

Solid grouted: 4 hours

Sound Transmission Class (dB)

Grouted at 48" on center: 48.4

Grouted at 40" on center: 51.2

Grouted at 32" on center: 51.6

Grouted at 24" on center: 52.2

Grouted at 16" on center: 53.3

Fully grouted: 56.5

STC=(weight of wall)0.223x21.5

Wall Weight (lb/sq. ft.)

Grouted at 48" on center: 38 lb/sq. ft

Grouted at 40" on center: 49 lb/sq. ft

Grouted at 32" on center: 51 lb/sq. ft

Grouted at 24" on center: 54 lb/sq. ft

Grouted at 16" on center: 59 lb/sq. ft

Fully grouted: 77 lb/sq. ft

Energy Rating

R-value: 2.8 (See note)

Calculation:

Outside Air =0.17
8" Clay Brick, hollow =1.92
Interior Air =0.68
Total =2.77

Note: Install rigid insulation and gyp board on inside face of wall for greater R-value. Add 3" rigid insulation at the inside wall face to increase the R-value
to 15.8

Green/LEED Rating

Design Tips

To make walls more weather resistant, consider the following:

Construction Tips