Clay brick for good!
Healthy buildings are good for the environment, good for residents and property owners, and good for economic growth. Clay brick masonry demonstrates all these qualities during construction, throughout its long operational life.
With its ability to regulate both temperature and air humidity, brick homes maintain an interior comfort zone in both the coolest and hottest months. Double leaf clay brick walls minimise interior condensation to comfortable levels in the winter rainfall regions of the Western Cape. Brick masonry is often the material of choice in passive solar design strategies – passive design makes use of natural breezes and shade, so your home is naturally warm in winter and cool in summer, saving you electricity.
Insect and rodent resistant
Clay bricks are resistant to damage from ants, borer and termites. Thanks to their high density, clay brick prevents insects and rodents from breeding or chewing through walls. That makes you safe from bites, fleas and other illnesses.
Mould and fungus resistant
Brick masonry is not a food source for moulds and fungi and does not promote mould growth even when wet. Clay bricks quickly release moisture back into the environment and do not remain damp. Double leaf walls reduce the variance between cold outdoor temperatures and warm interiors.
Sound & noise protection
The density and mass of Clay Bricks makes them a natural sound barrier with high acoustic protection – ideal for schools and community buildings. Brick homes keep suburbs quiet even with high-density living. The acoustic insulation of clay brick ranges from 43db to 49db.
Inorganic and Inert
Clay Bricks release no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) to impact on indoor air quality. Clay Bricks release no toxic fumes/gases under either normal or fire conditions. Made from 100% natural clay and shale, clay bricks meet all necessary requirements for healthy living, and cannot contribute to “sick building syndrome”
Accessibility for the disabled
Research and prolonged use has proven that segmented clay paving complies with accessibility guidelines for wheelchairs and is user-friendly for those with poor vision, crutches, walking aids, prams, trolleys or other wheeled equipment.
Economic growth in rural areas
Brick products and manufacturing technologies are not imported, every brick is made here in South Africa under well-regulated quality standards. Brick production plants are found outside urban centres and provide stimulus for economic transformation, local job creation and skills development.
No matter where the construction site is located there will be trained, local bricklayers to complete the project. It is estimated that over 200,000 workers are directly employed across the building industry as brick makers, brick layers and plasterers.