Design Elements

Building with Molded Brick: Rich History, Modern Look

DC, Maryland, and Virginia have a long tradition of beautiful masonry. Driving through many of their cities you’ll spot rowhouses, hospitals, schools and other institutional buildings constructed with molded brick. Clay deposits and other raw materials (such as sand) are readily available throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, which is why local plants have been producing molded brick for more than 100 years.

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Features

What to Consider When Selecting and Installing Air and Water Barriers

Air and vapor barriers can be viewed as unsung heroes, defending a building enclosure and its occupants from poor thermal performance, unhealthy indoor air quality, moisture infiltration, and the problems that occur when moisture collects in the enclosure. A 2017 MASONRY blog post focused on the critical functions of air, water, and vapor barriers play in the building enclosure. How can contractors building MASONRY DESIGN enclosures select the proper air and water barriers to not only meet the architect’s specification but help the enclosure deliver optimal performance?

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