The Tale of Two Stones

A recent construction litigation case highlighted the technical requirements of a masonry veneer cladding system on a residential structure. The classification of the cladding system as a cast stone or adhered masonry veneer directly impacts the requirements of applicable codes and standards. The primary areas of concern included the attachment of the panels (i.e. anchored vs. adhered) to the masonry substrate, the extent of water intrusion and the need for water management details (i.e. flashing and weepholes). The presentation provides the technical highlights of this case study and identifies the issues where the building codes and applicable standards require further clarification.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:
  • Understand the differences between cast stone veneer and adhered masonry veneer.
  • Understand building code requirements for cast stone and adhered masonry veneer.
  • Interpret the prescriptive and alternate design methods for masonry veneer.
  • Understand the differences between barrier walls, mass walls and drainage walls and the details important to each.

For more information contact Melissa Gibson at or (864) 647-1065