THRU-WALL Stuctural Brick
Reinforced Structural Brick Masony is not a new wall system. Reinforcing steel and grout have been used with brick masonry for over 100 years. With brick masonry's high compressive strength, reinforcing makes for an economical, high-strength wall in comparison to other reinforced masonry systems.
Advantages of Thru-Wall Structural Brick
- Greater design flexibility
- Greater seismic resistance and more ductility.
- Often lower construction cost
- Reduced backup requirements
- Less restrictive deflection requirments of the backup structure
- Greater resistance to cracking
- Reduced number of tie connections, which provides a more continuous moisture barrier
- Reduced cost of the backup system
- Fire resistant structure
Structural Brick vs. Concrete Masonry Units
- Modest Loading
- Wind at 20psf
- Comparable Grout and Reinforcing
- CMU f'm @ 1500 psi
- Clay f'm @ 3500 psi
- 350 8 x 4 x 16 CMU
- 365 6 x 4 x 16 TTW Brick
From a cost comparison standpoint, we are comparing installed costs of various Reinforced Brick Masonry (RBM) and Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) single wythe systems. In comparing 6" TTW brick and 8" half high CMU, in a days time, a mason and tender will install approximately 350 CMU. In that same time, 365 brick would be installed. productivity differences are due to unit size and weight. Similar productivity differences by other size TTW Brick in corresponding size CMU are also seen.
Thru-wall Structural Brick are available in 6 and 8 inch thicknesses and nominal face sizes of 4 x 16 and 8 x 16 inches.