Speaker Series: Incorporating the Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick

1:00pm - 2:00pm


Webinar with BIA's Cortney Fried on Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick. An AIA credited (1 LU/HSW credit) presentation held via Zoom.

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Incorporating the Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick

While frequently chosen for aesthetics and durability, clay brick is not often considered when energy efficiency is a primary concern, even though it historically played a significant role in occupant comfort before widespread use of HVAC systems. This course discusses the basics of heat transfer, relevant energy code provisions for walls, and how current research by the National Brick Research Center demonstrates the role that brick veneer can play in meeting or exceeding energy requirements in modern wall assemblies.


Learning Objectives

1. Indicate how wall assemblies have changed throughout history and identify the thermal performance contribution of each component in the assembly.

2. Describe the impact of thermal mass, vented airspace, and reflective insulation on energy usage and code requirements.

3. Explain the differences in the code compliance paths and how mass walls, frame walls, and vented claddings are considered by the energy code.

4. Compare the dynamic thermal performance of wall assemblies with anchored brick veneer to wall assemblies with other claddings based on the results of contemporary research.


HSW Justification: This course has been submitted and accepted by AIA for 1 LU/HSW credit under the BIA provider number. The course discusses energy code requirements, as well as the relevant code compliant paths. In addition, various wall assemblies are compared and contrasted with respect to their compliance with the energy code. Discussion of recent research being used to develop a new energy standard that accounts for the performance of masonry under dynamic conditions is included.


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