SUSTAINABILITY

  • BRICK LASTS FOREVER

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • EFFICIENCY IN BRICK MANUFACTURING

  • MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS, LOWER IMPACT

  • RECYCLING BRICKS

  • HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS

  • RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

BRICK LASTS FOREVER

BRICK LASTS FOREVER

Long before 'sustainability' was a priority, builders and home owners were using clay bricks because they lasted forever and required almost no maintenance over time. Brick buildings are strong, durable and can resist extreme weather events through fire-resistant construction and resistance to impacts and wind-borne debris.   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

By using bricks in conjunction with good solar passive design and insulation, home owners can now create a house that requires no artificial heating or cooling in nearly all parts of Australia, significantly reducing energy use.

For more information: TBA Manual - Energy Efficiency and the Environment

Building with brick helps reduce internal temperature fluctuations ensuring comfortable living and working conditions throughout the day or year. Brick's exceptional thermal mass means that it absorbs heat and slows down heat transfer. In summer, brick gradually absorbs heat from the sun and keeps the building cooler during the hottest part of the day. In winter, the brick holds the building's heat longer, keeping occupants warmer.

For more information: Design for Climate

Over a 50 year period, life cycle analysis (LCA) shows that most energy (89%) is used in the operational phase of a house, rather than in the building process. In particular, heating, ventilation and air conditioning represent a bigger source of green house gas emissions than manufacture and construction, so it makes sense to focus on building your house to reduce operational energy by using materials with a high thermal mass such as brick.

For more information: TBA Manual - Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

 

EFFICIENCY IN BRICK MANUFACTURING

EFFICIENCY IN BRICK MANUFACTURING

Over the past thirty years the manufacture of bricks has improved dramatically, contributing to the inherent sustainability of the product. Manufacturing plants have been re-engineered to make use of highly efficient tunnel kilns, fired using natural gas, and all waste heat and clay is recycled within the plant. Ongoing innovation in manufacturing processes means the energy required to make clay bricks is reduced every year.

MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS, LOWER IMPACT

MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS, LOWER IMPACT

Brick walls fulfil multiple uses including providing structure, finish, acoustic comfort, thermal comfort, good indoor air quality, fire resistance, impact resistance and durability, all in one product, reducing environmental impacts and increasing energy and resource efficiency.

RECYCLING BRICKS

RECYCLING BRICKS

Bricks can be reused or recycled in three ways. Firstly because of their longevity and durability, brick buildings can often be renovated for different purposes, removing the need to construct a whole new building with all its associated environmental impacts. Secondly bricks can be salvaged, cleaned and reused to build new buildings. Thirdly old bricks can be recycled into new bricks or into other building materials such as aggregate for concrete, for landscaping or as sub-base for pavements or roads.

 For more information: TBA Manual - Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS

HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS

Brick walls can contribute to improved indoor air quality by eliminating the need for paints and the resulting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and by eliminating a food source for mould.

RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY

RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY

We invest in research to ensure brick products and forms of construction lead the debate on sustainability. In partnership with the world-ranked University of Newcastle we are undertaking Australia's most extensive research into the thermal performance of masonry and other materials. The findings of this research will assist Government and the building and construction industry create more energy efficient buildings. 

For more information: Researches and Reports