It's Not Too Late: Backing System Options for Brick Veneer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BAC Training Center
5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428


11:30 am – 11:55 pm Check-in & Seating
11:55 am – 1:00 pm Seminar & Lunch

There is no charge to attend this event, registration is required. 
Space is limited, please register by Wednesday,Friday, June 15, 2018.


Backing System Options for Brick Veneer 

Presenter: Brian E. Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services
International Masonry Institute

The presentation will cover very important issues regarding exterior wall backing systems of masonry, steel studs, and wood studs.  These backing systems used behind brick veneer do not all perform the same.  Location of horizontal expansion joints, shelf angles, has been well understood and using industry recommendations can result in brick veneer structures that perform fine.  However, newer types of construction, particularly taller light frame wood construction, has created some issues that are beyond the typical recommendations for brick veneer.  This presentation outlines the basics of movement of building materials.  It considers the differential movement of the brick veneer compared to the backing systems.  Backings of concrete masonry, steel studs and wood stud are covered.  Besides the calculation of movement, details and techniques are described that allow brick veneer to be used on structures over 30’ tall.

Learning Objectives:
• Attendees will learn the code requirements for brick veneer including flashing, anchors (ties) and air spaces, weeps, and height limitations.
• Attendees will be able to design for the increased differential movement issues for tall brick veneer over various backings.
• Attendees will understand the design implications of choosing one backing systems vs another.
• Attendees will be able to detail shelf angles, windows and other penetrations in a brick veneer wall.

While this seminar will be geared towards engineers, anyone interested in masonry is also welcome to join.


For more information contact Mark Swanson at (612) 332-2214 or