A masonry cavity wall system must successfully perform multiple functions throughout the life of the building. A proper wall is expected to manage moisture, air, and heat, contain fire, and hold up the structure itself.
Specifiers face an important task when determining how to protect the various surfaces of high-traffic facilities. Many Buildings such as schools, sports arenas, hospitals, and manufacturing plants are very susceptible to daily wear and tear, as well as substrate damage from thorough cleanings.
Loadbearing walls with brick veneer and concrete masonry units (CMUs) were built as solid walls in the first half of the 20th century. Brick veneer and the CMU backup wall were bonded to a solid wall to carry the dead and live loads.
A folk rhyme often attributed to Benjamin Franklin describes the unintended outcome of simply omitting a horseshoe nail—namely, the loss of a kingdom. This proverb illustrates a basic truth—quick and poorly thought-out decisions have consequences beyond the initial myopic moment.