Innovation Pitfalls: Lessons Learned from Rehabilitating Early Brick Veneer Wall Assemblies

Innovation Pitfalls: Lessons Learned from Rehabilitating Early Brick Veneer Wall Assemblies

Between the 1940s and 1990s, designers began combining new materials and methodologies with traditional approaches in masonry wall construction, resulting in what we consider “early veneer wall assemblies.” While ultimately resulting in improved building performance and the typical cavity wall assemblies we use today, the evolution to this type of wall construction resulted in many building enclosure performance issues and an age of construction that has often required rehabilitation. Many of the issues with these types of walls stem from an insufficient understanding at the time regarding the performance of traditional building materials in new applications. In this webinar, we will examine common issues with early veneer walls, which are still often the cause of inadequate performance for existing buildings. We will also review lessons learned that translated into improved wall design and present case studies highlighting the challenges associated with repairing early veneer walls.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand typical construction of early masonry veneer walls.
  • Recognize common distress and deterioration in early masonry veneer walls.
  • Identify options to remediate common distress and deterioration in early masonry veneer walls.
  • Discuss challenges that can impact the rehabilitation of early masonry veneer walls, and understand the lessons learned that translated into improved wall design.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Matthew  Normandeau
Matthew Normandeau | Principal

Matthew Normandeau is a Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH).  He has more than fifteen years of experience at SGH and leads their Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) practice.  His experience includes design, investigation, rehabilitation of building enclosure systems for both new and existing buildings. Matt has published papers on topics including vegetative roofing and energy performance, high-performance building enclosure design, roofing failures, and below-grade waterproofing, has lectured at local and national conferences, and is a registered professional engineer.  Matt is also task group chairman for the ASTM International E06.55 standard guide for building enclosure commissioning.

Amarantha Quintana-Morales
Amarantha Quintana-Morales | Senior Project Manager

Amarantha Quintana-Morales works on projects involving building enclosure investigation, remedial design and renovation, and design consultation of new building enclosure systems. She has experience investigating and designing both contemporary and historic facade claddings, fenestration, roofing, masonry, and waterproofing systems. Her notable projects in New York City include Shepard Hall at City College of New York and the Four Seasons Hotel, as well as multiple historic New York State psychiatric centers. Amarantha has presented on the sensitive use of modern materials in preservation, predesign for building repositioning and enclosure, identifying facade elements at risk of ice buildup/shedding, and energy code compliance for new and existing buildings.  She is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International and Northeast Chapter, the American Institute of Architects New York, and the National Organization of Minority Architects.