July 21, 2017 — Dryvit Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) in North America, announced that a patent has been issued by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on its NewBrick product, which launched in late 2016.
Many innovative elements of NewBrick formed the basis of this patent. One of the claims in the patent illustrates the horizontal alignment guide incorporated into the brick. This alignment guide automatically provides a standard 3/8-inch mortar joint between rows of brick, which eliminates the need for support pans and speeds the overall application. Since NewBrick is adhesively attached, brick ties are not necessary. Other innovations that helped secure the patent were the insulation properties, fire resistance and weatherability of NewBrick.
In addition, Dryvit also announced that the horizontal alignment guide is now standard on all NewBrick shapes and sizes across all of the textures. Two new textures have also been added to the offering: wire cut and coarse cut.
At the time of its launch in late 2016, NewBrick had been installed on three initial projects. It has since been specified or installed on a number of additional buildings, including the alumni building at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss.; a retail center in Danbury, Conn. (pictured); and commercial buildings in San Mateo, Calif., the Florida Panhandle and Brooklyn, N.Y.
NewBrick can be installed directly over tilt-wall, precast and concrete masonry units.
At 1/12th the weight of traditional clay brick, NewBrick dramatically increases productivity for masons and other installers compared to clay brick, reducing installation time. Other important cost savings associated with NewBrick include a major reduction in the amount of steel and concrete that would be needed if heavier, clay bricks were used. Thanks to its lightweight design, NewBrick costs less to transport to and around the job site and is easier and safer to work with, especially on multi-story construction.
Dryvit Systems, Inc. (www.dryvit.com) is the manufacturer of Outsulation®, a premier Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS). Dryvit operates all its North American manufacturing facilities to both ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 standards.