In this reading, Ching covers lots of topics. Those topics include Masonry Cavity Walls, Brick Coursing, Stone Lintels, CMU Coursing + Bond Beam, Rigid Foam Insulation, Batt Insulation, Vapor Barrier, Interior Furring, Plaster on Lath, Drywall. Behind each one of these topics, there is one base, and that base is the plan. Look at it like you actually build it. Each layer has its own meaning. First the brick then cavity wall etc. Masonry cavity is constructed of a facing and a backing wythe of either solid or hollow masonry units.
These cavity walls have two advantages and those are cavities enhance the thermal insulation value of the wall and permits the installation of additional thermal insulation material. Which means it can carry two thermal insulations in one cavity wall for better thermal value. The second advantage is that when the air space plays as a barrier against water penetration. If the cavity is kept clear, and if the adequate weep holes and flashing and provided.
There are many ways to lay out bricks with different patterns. Flemish bond, Stack bond, English bond, and Common bond, and there are more. Just to minimize the cutting of the brick and enhance the appearance of bonding patterns.
The major dimensions of masonry walls should be based on the size of the modular units used, also different types of bonding course is a continuous horizontal range of masonry wall.
Beams are rigidly structured members designed to carry and transfer transverse loads across space to supporting elements. The nonconcurrent pattern of faces subjects a beam to bending and deflection, which must be resisted by the internal strength of the material. By the time when the lintel is on the beams, it sends its weight on the beams and transfers to the ground.
When it comes to foam insulation the place consists of a foamed plastic, as polyurethane that is sprayed or injected into a cavity where it adheres to the surrounding surfaces.