Greenhouse Gas Emission Baselines and Reduction Potentials from Buildings in South Africa was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative.
Outdoor spaces are important features in South African living. Over the years the trend has been to craft landscapes so that they become an extension of the house and a recreational area in their own... more
Buildings should be built to last and as such the life cycle value of a building derived from long term durability, low maintenance and energy savings should be the key determining factor to be taken... more
A recent United States study shows that consumers prefer genuine clay brick exteriors on a national scale. Scoring highest nationally among all ages, races, income levels and household types, brick... more
This Technical Note discusses sustainability and sustainable design and their relationship to brick use and recycling. The use of brick masonry is an appropriate choice for achieving several elements... more
The objective of the Technical Note is to provide a concise explanation of the walling provisions in the SANS204 standard, and indicate how this can be used to the advantage of end-users/owners.
When choosing face brick, make sure that the material is strong, hard-wearing and weather-resistant, so as to withstand the local exposure conditions.
Certain face bricks may not be suited to... more
Green Star SA is a rating system used to assess the design and construction of various building types, from an environmental and human health perspective, and is developed by the Green Building... more
Publications around the principles of Sustainable Development are reviewed. Articles published during the proceedings of SB10 and SB11, and earlier articles published by ClayBrick.org on the topic of... more
A review of the Energetics Life Cycle Assessment for Clay Brick Masonry Walling in Australia, as well as research papers presented at the Sustainability Conferences SB10 & SB11, in addition to... more
Concepts are explained and the definitions of Thermal Resistance and Thermal Capacity, as well as the formulae for the calculation thereof, are provided.
A review of articles published in 'Sustainability Conferences' and developed for the Clay Brick Association as a summary of other significant works that contribute towards the case of masonry walling... more
Review of Health Aspects in Buildings as pertain to VOCs and Clay Brick Masonry Walling
A discussion paper on the 'Life Cycle Assessment of Masonry Walling' to be conducted by the Clay Brick Association of South Africa (CBA).
The job creation, both direct and indirect, and the... more
A beginners guide to cleaning brickwork. Useful information for all Clay Brick DIY projects. Staining can mar the appearance of brickwork, but incorrect cleaning can cause permanent damage. Therefore... more
A beginners guide to mixing mortar. Useful information for all Clay Brick DIY projects. The use of this information is based on recognised principles of design and construction and is at the... more
A school should be the embodiment of stability, permanence and strength. It should protect children from the dangers of the world at large, while providing an environment that supports teaching and... more
Although many industry professionals have the perception of a “green premium” of 17%, the actual premium cost of constructing a sustainable building is only around 7%
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... more
“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... more
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
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... more
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-... more
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... more