A single layer of brick is not a structural element. In the US a
brick house is wood framed, the sheer factor is taken care of by
let-in bracing and/or sheathing, and the brick depends on this
structure. The weight is resting on the footing, the lateral
strength is provided by brick ties to the framing.
A structural brick wall is 2 or 3 wythes thick bonded together by
A block wall made with 8x8x16 block is structural when the cores
are filled @ 4' o.c. both vertically and horizontally with
adequate lintels at openings. They are painted or coated on the
exterior as they are quite porous. They are often furred,
insulated, and gyped on the interior though they can be single
wall. They are not very thermally efficient and all masonry is
subject to joint cracking which becomes problematic when used as a
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