The Basics of Brick

May 21, 2009 |

The Basics of Brick

What do the Great Wall of China, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall,

and Boston Medical Center’s new cancer care facility all have in common?

They all feature one of humanity’s oldest manufactured products:

the humble brick. “Brick is a longstanding material whose performance

attributes have been proven time and again for centuries,” says Stephen Sears,

senior director of marketing and communications for the Brick Industry Association

(BIA), Reston, Va.

After reading this article, you should be able to:

? Understand the fundamental considerations

affecting the selection of brick materials for commercial

and institutional facility construction.

? Describe the various attributes of bricks and

the terminology of brick construction and


? Describe the basic mechanisms of brick

enclosure performance and the restoration of

historic and older brick structures.

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