I am writing this post very excited.
I just discovered a great facade engineering blog, titled Facade Confidentials: http://facadesconfidential.blogspot.com, and I wholeheartedly recommend you visit it.
In the flood of misinformation, there are few objective and well-researched sources like this, including the magnificent John and Joe’s webpage, Birkhauser construction books, Facade Engineering Society, National Research Council Canada, Brick Industry Association, Building Envelope Design Guide, and Journal of Building Enclosure Design, and single articles, books, and posts here and there.
Btw. Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source of information. E.g. the Wikipedia article about R-value thoroughly confuses resistance with resistivity and conductance with conductivity and confuses surface-to-surface and air-to-air values. (Clarification: R value and U factor are confusing because they can mean many different things. Generally “ance” is one-dimensional, the “ivity” is dimensionless. R value may contain the convective air film or not.)
Another example is the Wikipedia article about Building Envelope, which confused envelope with enclosure, prompting me to write this post.
(Clarification: the envelope is the (imaginary) shell of a conditioned space; enclosure is the physical shell of the controlled space, which includes the envelope. ) The former term was coined by mechanical engineers in reference to thermal zones (which only they can fully understand), the latter was developed later because few Americans can understand and can pronounce the synonymous French term “facade,” including the professional radio presenter whom we hired for video voice-overs, who pronounced the word [fɑkɑde] in all recordings. (Btw. The correct pronunciation is [fəˈsɑːd], I double-checked before I corrected the guy.)