Sustainable Construction with Clay Brick

7th Jul 2020

Sustainable Construction with Clay Brick

The UK brickmaking sector is a great example of a sustainable industry, committed to reducing the impact of manufacturing on our environment and providing environmentally responsible building materials.

For hundreds of years, brick has been the material of choices for architects, developers and contractors; providing several benefits including attractiveness, cost efficiency and high quality performance. Alongside these benefits, clay brick is a sustainable building material.

Explained in a recent video and infographic published by The Brick Development Association, clay bricks are environmentally friendly, natural and helping to build a sustainable future for the UK.

BDA sustainability infographic

Brick is made up of two natural materials, clay and water and many leading brick manufacturers are collectively working together to help the UK achieve net zero CO2
emissions by 2050.

When required on site, bricks are often delivered locally from regional factories and only a small amount of packing is required per pallet of bricks. Approximately 1m2
of brickwork has the same CO2 emissions as driving a car for 150 miles.

When in use, bricks are a non-combustible material, have high thermal mass (meaning they absorb and store heat energy well) and acoustic insulation. With a typical life expectancy of at least 150 years, bricks are resilient, long-lasting and environmentally sustainable. At the end of their life, clay brick is easy to reuse and recycle.

To view the full video from The Brick Development Association, click here.

To view and download the infographic from The Brick Development Association, click here.

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