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Cavity Wall with 6" back up

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Is a 6" block back up wall suitable for  2 stories of a  CMU cavity wall with around 4" of rigid insulation?  Are there any special considerations?

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6 inch loadbearing CMU in low-rise construction is very feasible (and a system I personally feel is underutilized for many common applications). Structurally their design is the same as any other block size. The only unique consideration with 6 inch CMU (as with 10, 12, or other block sizes other than 8 inch) is maintaining bond when turning corners, etc.

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