On Using old bricks in new buildings

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. CBD-138
Physical description4 p.
Subjectclay bricks; recycling; durability; salvaging; efflorescence; weatherability; Brick
AbstractSalvaged bricks should not give rise to any particular problems when used inside buildings. Their use under conditions that require exposure to weather, however, should be avoided because many of their properties have an adverse effect on the quality and performance of the brickwork. The need for "old-fashioned" bricks for this application can be met from current Canadian brick production which includes bricks imitating the colour, texture, shape and dimensions of the bricks made in earlier times but not possessing their inherent weaknesses. When it is considered necessary to use reclaimed bricks externally, careful attention must be paid to the design of the wall to afford it as much protection as possible from wetting, including that from rain, soil moisture, or the migration of water vapour from within the building. A mortar composed of lime and sand is desirable for laying salvaged bricks.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Division of Building Research
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Emploi de vieilles briques dans les nouvelles construction
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-984
NPARC number20325104
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Record identifierd86205be-e5a2-42a5-9438-3767f817d710
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2017-04-27
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