The use of clay product-faced precast concrete gives the architect the flexibility to combine the pleasing visual appearance of traditional clay products with the strength, versatility, and economy of precast concrete. Among the types of materials that can be embedded in the precast concrete are brick, ceramic tile, porcelain, and architectural terra cotta. These clay product facings may cover the exposed panel surface entirely or only part of the concrete face, creating accents. The demand for thin brick in precast concrete led PCI to develop a standard for embedded thin brick in precast concrete panels so that the design community can have control over the performance of their precast components.
For more information, review PCI Midwest’s Thin Brick handout.