Helpful? 0

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 Tue, 11/03/2009 - 17:08

Tags:

1 Answer

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
1.
Helpful? 0

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 Wed, 11/04/2009 - 04:24

Other Questions in GBA Pro help

How to fix an attempted insulation retrofit on a '70s cathedral ceiling?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked by Gregory Erickson | Dec 16, 13

Most sesible heating system for a new house build on Vancouver Island

In Mechanicals | Asked by Blake Klopfenstein | Nov 26, 14

Mold on inside of plywood sheathing

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked by Aaron Saucier | Nov 25, 14

Window flashing and trim with exterior rockwool

In General questions | Asked by colin slade | Nov 25, 14

Polyiso and ZIP

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked by marty nichol | Nov 28, 14
Register for a free account and join the conversation


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