Media Sheets

#7 The Lasting Legacy of Clay Brick

“Clay brick buildings shape South Africa’s architectural heritage. New alternative materials and systems constantly present themselves as “the next big thing” in construction technology, and claim to be “as good as clay brick”.

#6 Energy Efficiency is more than an R-Value

In many countries, wall thermal resistance (R-value) is the sole determinant of energy efficiency. Here in South Africa, R-values are only one measurement to consider. South African buildings exposed to long hot summer months require high thermal mass to achieve both optimum warmth in winter as well as cooling in summer.

# 5 How do you measure “Green”?

So many products and companies these days play the “green card”. Unfortunately, the words “green” or “environmentally friendly”, like the words “natural” and “organic” have no definitions, making them available to shrewd salesmen everywhere.

# 4 Clay bricks: The sustainable way to live and build

The Clay Brick Association explains the sustainability benefits of designing green buildings with clay bricks. When considering construction materials, design professionals need to consider: Is it a sustainable, environmentally sound and financially astute investment?

#3 Clay Brick - meeting the needs of future generations

Clay brick has the ability to absorb heat during the day and release it at night, thus reducing the need for artificial heating in winter and cooling in summer.  Clay Brick’s ability to “self-regulate” temperatures makes it superior to alternate lightweight building systems

#2 MIBT Performance not what it is presented to be?

We present evidence that MIBT’s claim that their prefabricated panels have a “better thermal rating than clay brick” is substantively false. It is not only contradictory to Agrément SA findings but also the well documented findings of national and international empirical research, modelling and parametric studies.

#1 The Case for Clay Brick Infrastructure

Clay brick makes for the right construction material of choice for sustainable infrastructure investment in South Africa, providing lowest lifecycle costs than less durable lightweight methods.