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MCAA Successful in Maintaining the C-216 Brick Standard


The ASTM standard definition of solid brick will not be changing.
The ASTM standard definition of solid brick will not be changing.

The MCAA is pleased to announce that the ASTM standard definition of solid brick will NOT be changing as a result of the last vote at ASTM.

If the proposed changes had passed, you would have seen an increase in the void size for C-216 brick go from 25% to an allowable 30%. Besides the confusion caused in the design community, there were other related concerns cited such as increased mortar usage, increased breakage & water penetration, and the potential of the brick having a thinner face shell.

MCAA would like to thank everyone who got involved in the process and helped secure the definition of a solid brick. Through your membership in the MCAA, we are able to stay ahead of issues that matter to you the most.

Visit the MCAA website at to stay informed on the latest news.

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