Dryvit Systems Inc., the leading manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) in North America, announced today the launch of a breakthrough new brick product that will allow EIFS installers to bid for exterior cladding work when clay brick is specified as the exterior cladding material. Since many exterior cladding jobs call for both clay brick and EIFS, traditional EIFS installers will now be able to provide a bid for both the EIFS and brick cladding, enabling a general contractor to work with a single contractor for a building’s exterior cladding.

NewBrick can be installed with Dryvit’s Outsulation system to meet continuous insulation requirements or directly over a masonry substrate. The lightweight product can dramatically increase brick installation productivity and provide new options for architects, contractors, and building owners who wish to include brick as part of a new or renovated building’s exterior cladding.

At 1/12th the weight of traditional clay brick, NewBrick is a lightweight insulated brick product. It matches clay brick’s classic size and appearance, but addresses today’s construction challenges by improving the thermal efficiency of the building. Added features include:

  • A built in horizontal alignment guide that eliminates the need for support pans and mortar joint spacers and also establishes the perfect 3/8-inch spacing for the mortar, reducing installation time and saving money
  • No brick ties are needed, eliminating penetrations through the water resistive barrier
  • Reduces the amount of steel, concrete and engineering on the project
  • Lowers costs to transport the product to and around the job site
  • Easier and safer to work with, especially on multi-story construction
  • Installs faster

Dryvit President and CEO Mike Murphy called Dryvit’s patent-pending NewBrick product a significant advancement in the way buildings are constructed. “We are very excited about the opportunities NewBrick presents for architects, installers and building owners,” said Murphy. “With NewBrick, we are providing contractors an exciting new product that improves daily productivity, reduces occupational injury, provides greater creative flexibility and results in a better building process. For owners and architects, NewBrick results in a better building envelope at a lower installed cost.”

“Although NewBrick can be installed directly over tilt-wall, precast and concrete masonry units, the larger benefits can be realized when NewBrick is installed over an Outsulation system,” explained Murphy.  These benefits include:

  • Full system warranty for 10+ years, depending on system, including the air/water-resistive barrier
  • Continuous Insulation (CI), meeting IECC requirements
  • Compliance with NFPA 285 fire testing
  • Compliance with California’s Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code
  • Can contribute to LEED points

Weight Matters  

Bill Gatto, the Vice President of MGM Masonry Inc. in Schenectady, N.Y., recently installed 12,000 square-feet of NewBrick on a new-build, multi-story, mixed-use project over the Outsulation Plus MD System by Dryvit. Gatto’s company also does extensive EIFS installation work.

“Everyone involved in a project is always looking to save money while constructing a quality building,” said Gatto.  “The biggest selling point for Dryvit’s NewBrick was me telling the owner that it would cost less than thin brick because we could eliminate a whole step in the process since we didn’t need to prep the wall to accommodate the heavier thin brick. The second piece was me telling him that we could match the selected thin brick with respect to color and texture. He gave me a brick and Dryvit matched it and he was very happy with that.”

Gatto underscored the time savings associated with the lightweight NewBrick when positioning the product on the job site compared to clay brick. “Getting NewBrick to the wall itself is a much easier process than clay brick,” said Gatto. “Clay brick comes on pallets and you always have to be concerned with how much weight is being put on scaffolding. With NewBrick you never have to worry about this. They are lightweight and easy to move around the scaffold. Loading a scaffold with clay brick takes a substantial amount of time, especially on multi-story buildings, and it involves significant lift equipment costs.”

“There's a huge market for thin brick right now with mixed used buildings and hotels,” said Gatto. “If Dryvit can tap into that market and give you the same look for a lower cost and a higher R-value, I think NewBrick is going to crush the market.”