How many types of clay brick are there?

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  • Selecting bricks

To avoid confusion and to standardize, the following terminology was introduced and is currently used by the industry.

FBS - FACE BRICK STANDARD
Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and uniformity of size and shape.

NFP - NON-FACING PLASTERED
Clay bricks suitable for general building work that is to be plastered

FBX - FACE BRICK EXTRA
Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and high degree of uniformity of size, shape and colour

NFX - NON-FACING EXTRA
Clay bricks suitable for use, plastered or unplastered, for general building work where durability rather than aesthetics is the key selection criteria: below damp-proof course or under damp conditions or below ground level

FBA - FACE BRICK AESTHETIC
Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and aesthetic effect deriving from non-uniformity of size, shape or colour.

...E - ENGINEERING UNITS
Masonry units produced for structural or load-bearing purposes in face or non-face work, where the manufacturer suppliers clay bricks to an agreed compressive strength. An engineering unit is designated by the addition of the letter E followed by a number equal to the nominal compressive strength in megapascals eg FBSE21.

PA - CLAY PAVERS (1:1, 2:1 OR 3:1)
Clay pavers that are selected or produced for their durability and for a high degree of uniformity in size and shape, and that have dimensions such that the ratio of work size length to work size is approximately 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1.

PB - CLAY PAVERS
Clay pavers that are selected or produced for their durability and for their uniformity in size and shape.