#08 Clay Brick – in a class all its own


The track record of clay brick construction in providing sustainable superior quality infrastructure - schools, clinics and houses - is evident in every South African city. Many cities boast buildings over 200 years old and still in perfect shape both structurally and aesthetically. Due to its extended lifespan, clay brick is the most economical building material available today and uniquely suited to South Africa's climate and lifestyle

Over the years there have been many pretenders to clay bricks’ crown.  But to date, no Alternative Building Technology (ABT) has yet taken up to the challenge of providing structures with equal energy efficiency, durability, lifespan, investment value or aesthetics.

The Clay Brick Association of South Africa has extensively reviewed several “alternative solutions” to assess if there is substance behind their performance claims.

This article appeared in Housing SA


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