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Prefabricated wall systems are becoming a popular element of building construction. Prefabricated systems lend themselves to streamlining construction schedules and reducing overall construction costs. They offer the potential for increased quality due to assembly in controlled factory environments. This paper reviews basic principles and concepts for the design of waterproofing systems for prefabricated brick wall panels. Using a project case study, the author will show that failure to adhere to certain proven conven- tional practices can have serious adverse consequences with respect to the performance of prefabricated brick wall panels.
prefabricated panel, barrier wall, cavity drainage wall, pressure equalization, rain-screen principle, water leakage
Senior Staff Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Consulting Engineers, Arlington, MA