BRICK VENEER WALL AIR LEAKS - CONTENTS: How do we install rigid foam insulation on a brick veneer wall without air and heat leaks at the punctures where the foam is tied to the wall studs?Puncturing foam board insulation causes heat loss?Insulation advice for interior walls, stairs, plumbing fixtures
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Brick veneer wall building insulation specifications & advice:
Tthis article discusses the installation of foam board insulation behind brick veneer walls, and the question of air leaks at the brick ties to the wall.
Our page top photo shows a brick veneer building undergoing demolition - the brick veneer wall ties are visible if you click to enlarge the photograph. No exterior insulation had been installed on this 1950's building at Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, NY.
The question-and-answer article about insulating a brick veneer wall using foam board, quotes-from, updates, and comments an original article from Solar Age Magazine and written by Steven Bliss.
How do You Keep Brick Veneer Construction Airtight?
How do you keep brick veneer construction airtight and well insulated when the ties from the brick to the wall studs puncture the rigid foam insulation board and the building's vapor barrier? -- Harold Murray, Bowie MD
or foil faced polyisocyanurate insulating board
(see POLYISOCYANURATE FOAM INSULATION), the brick veneer wall ties can be placed on the surface of the foam sheathing and nailed through to the wall studs.
Our photo (left) of foam insulating sheating board was provided courtesy of Arlene Puentes.
This is in accordance with FHA Bulletin 71 for single- and two-family residences.
In especially windy conditions, it may be advisable to increase the number of brick veneer wall ties or use higher-density insulation.
Another option is to nail the ties directly to the studs between each 24-inch course of rigid insulation board.
In any case, the vapor barrier on the warm side of the building wall will not be affected.
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