An article in our newest sponsored e-book provides a background on the importance of perimeter fire barrier systems, as well as actionable guidance for architects, specifiers, and general contractors to ensure they deliver the level of fire safety their customers have come to expect.
Contemporary masonry veneer construction consists of a single wythe of masonry such as brick or stone mechanically anchored to a backup structure, typically either wood or steel framing or concrete masonry units (CMUs).
The Glen Ellyn police station in Illinois had been operating from the village’s downtown civic center for nearly four decades and was due for replacement. After reviewing several methods and systems, Jonathan Tallman, regional public safety director for Chicago-based architects Dewberry and project manager for the Glen Ellyn police station project concluded new advancements in masonry wall systems were ideal for the new station.
Polyisocyanurate insulation is gaining popularity as it enhances the masonry cavity wall’s inherent performance traits because of its complementary thermal conduct and moisture, fire, and solvent resistance.
Building professionals need to not just anticipate failures, but also understand how structures fail. Exterior wall systems designed to recover when exposed to failure must be employed to make the building envelope truly robust.