Combining Brick with Other Materials - 1.0 LU/HSW

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Architects are increasingly using a variety of materials on the exterior of buildings, and not in a singular manner, but in a combination of ways. These materials include brick, concrete masonry, stone, steel, and systems such as curtain walls and EIFS – all used in the same facade. But each material behaves differently, especially as it relates to their movement characteristics. Learn how brick performs in combination with other building materials and how to combine them without creating problems. We’ll cover brick used in combination with mortar as well as steel, concrete block, and stone incorporated in a clay brick wall. Learn how trained craftworkers can make your designs come to life using these unique combinations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to determine proper combinations of brick and mortar, when it is appropriate to use certain types of brick, and what mortar type is best to use with certain brick.

  • Learn what impacts occur when metals are used in combination with brick. Proper spacing of expansion joints and slip planes are emphasized.

  • Learn what details are required when combining brick and EIFS or curtain walls in the same project. Proper interface details are provided.

  • Learn about potential problems when combining brick and wood. Special details are provided when supporting brick on wood construction that conform to building code requirements.

About the Speaker

Brian E. Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP, FASTM

Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI


Brian Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP is the Director of Industry Development and Technical Services with the International Masonry Institute (IMI). He has over 30 years’ experience in the masonry industry, assisting design professionals in the design of masonry structures. He is a frequent lecturer to local, regional, and national construction industry groups. He has authored many articles and papers on various masonry subjects. Mr. Trimble has an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He started his career with a brick manufacturer and worked at the Brick Industry Association for over 20 years serving in various positions. For the IMI, he coordinates activities in the Western Pennsylvania area promoting masonry to a wide variety of audiences including owners, contractors, architects, engineers and craftworkers. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of ASTM International.

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