0 Helpful?

Has anyone had to retrofit a building with single wythe masonry walls?

I am working on a property in Detroit that has, as a wall system, a single wythe of 6 inch brick masonry with sheetrock installed on 1 5/8ths furring strips. So, as you might imagine, air and water runs through the building. Can we build a rain screen from the inside or clad the outside? Or gently push it in the river. I heard an architect say he had seen other buildings constructed this way so I was wondering if anyone had any sources for ideas on how to approach.

Thanks for any help.

Asked by julie klump
Posted Nov 3, 2009 6:08 PM ET

Tags:

1 Answer

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
1.

Julie,
1. There is no way to build a rainscreen from the inside, although it might be possible to come up with details for interior insulation and finish materials.
2. Yes, you could "clad the outside" — although this would probably require an entire new shell (including framing, windows, insulation, sheathing, and siding) with costs similar to new construction.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Nov 4, 2009 5:24 AM ET

Other Questions in GBA Pro help

Installed R-60 insulation in attic... now using AC more than before

In General questions | Asked by Jeff Watson | Jul 12, 14

Insulating a Quonset hut - (Can we make a sandwich?)

In Green building techniques | Asked by Doug Reid | May 4, 12

Blower Door question

In General questions | Asked by Eric Habegger | Apr 27, 15

Improve efficiency and comfort of this room?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked by Michael Lee | Apr 22, 15

Suggestion for making a 30 year old home more efficient while roof and siding are off

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked by Chad B | Apr 25, 15
Register for a free account and join the conversation


Get a free account and join the conversation!
Become a GBA PRO!