Technical - Brick Production

As many brick manufactures know, thermal energy accounts for more than 80% of energy use. A thermal model has been developed to help brick companies better understand where the heat energy is flowing... more
During the Eurocode summit held in 2008 hosted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS),  the benefits for adopting Eurocodes in South Africa were highlighted. It appears likely the European... more
The 2016 Brick Sustainability Report, provides a detailed account of how the clay brick sector in the UK has performed against its collective sustainability strategy, and demonstrates the progress... more
OTAL Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the brick industry to quantify the environmental impact of clay bricks. The results show that the external walling materials of a house, including clay brick, have... more
The clamp kiln is the major clay brick production technique in South Africa. Globally, it is regarded as an energy-inefficient process with a high probability of air pollution. The University of... more
This report provides a Sustainable Building Materials Index (SBMI) assessment of bricks made at a brick making site in Dukathole, near Alliwal North, in the Eastern Cape. It provides an assessment of... more
It is our pleasure to present this report on Informal Clay Brick Making in the Eastern Cape and hope it will provide valuable information and a deeper understanding of the sector. Building and... more
The Carbon Tax Study, has been able to generate a similar level of interest and appreciation of the VSBK Projects involvement within the sector. This report presents the findings of a research... more
This project to determine whether energy savings are possible from substituting recycled soda lime glass for other ceramic raw materials in brick manufacturing, was part of a grant from the State of... more
A tool to calculate the current energy consumption per kg fired brick. The six shaft kiln constructed at Langkloof Bricks as part of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln Project has received much acclaim... more

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