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  1. Brick

  2. Concrete Blocks


1. Brick

A brick is a type of block used to build walls, pavements and other elements in masonry construction. Properly, the term brick denotes a block composed of dried clay, but is now also used informally to denote other chemically cured construction blocks.

  • Used as the exterior layer for wall assemblies.

  • Thickness available in the database: 4" and 6"

  • Type: Standard and SCR (both solid and single wythe)

In a single wythe brick-bearing wall system, the brick masonry serves as both the structural system and the exterior facing. In these cases, a wood, steel, or masonry backing system is not necessary.


An SCR (Structural Clay Research) wall is a masonry wall structure comprised of cored modular common clay bricks only. Typically one row thick. Depending on the climate, an SCR wall can have structural, economic, and thermal benefits.

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2. Concrete Blocks

A concrete masonry unit (CMU) is a standard-size rectangular block used in building construction. CMUs are some of the most versatile building products available because of the wide variety of appearances that can be achieved using them.

  • Used as an exterior layer for wall assemblies.

  • Types available: Hollow and solid

  • Sizes available: 4 x 8 x 16, 6 x 8 x 16, 8 x 8 x 16, 12 x 8 x 16

  • Strengths available: 2000 PSI, 4500 PSI

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