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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 5:08 PM ET

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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 4:24 AM ET

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