Although brick is a conventional building material, new and innovative ways of using this versatile and adaptable material are constantly being explored.
The Brick Development Association represents the UK brick industry on as many as fourteen BSI committees, subcommittees and working groups in the development of product standards and codes of practice for clay bricks and pavers. This includes the design of brickwork masonry and hard landscaping. We also have a very active role within European CEN organisations. Additionally, we are involved with the development of Structural Eurocodes and Eurocode 6.
Within this section you will also find information on mortar joints and how they have a marked effect on the appearance of brickwork. They account for a surprisingly large proportion of its surface area – slightly more than 17% in stretcher bonded work. The colour and texture of the mortar and the joint profile are all important factors. A variety of joint profiles are used. Some reveal the edges of the bricks and so accentuate their individual forms, others obscure the edges and merge bricks and mortar to a homogeneous surface.
Brick freestanding walls are attractive, robust and enduring, but they need careful attention to design and specification. Proper design is critical to freestanding walls, as their relative slenderness affects their stability in relation to horizontal forces, particularly wind. You can find more specific information on freestanding walls in this section.
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