Not sure I agree about the use of brick, I find it easier to detail than stucco. And surprised stucco wasn't on his list.
Brick veneer. Brick cladding is durable, low-maintenance, and attractive. Traditionally, however, bricks were not intended as a facing for structural wood framing. The idea of marrying masonry cladding to structural wood framing is a relatively recent development, and it is fraught with problems.