The CBA represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Southern Africa.

We inspire sustainable, contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

Energy Efficiency Guidelines

With rising energy costs for both electricity and fuels, and given that in the brick sector energy can account for between 40% and 60% of production costs, energy efficiency represents a significant opportunity for cost reduction. These guidelines for the South African Clay Brick sector cover energy efficiency benchmarking, best practice, energy management systems as well as accessing funding for the implementation of energy efficiency projects.








The Energy Guidelines were developed with the aim of assisting the South African brick sector to reduce its energy costs and become more energy efficient.

  • Sector Overview
  • International Benchmark of energy use
  • Visualise thermal energy flow in fixed kilns (see Thermal Tool)
  • Best practice opportunities and business case
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As many brick manufacturers 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 in their drier and kiln installations, with the aim of identifying these losses and possible best practices to mitigate those losses.


This guide has been developed to assist brick companies understand which financial mechanisms are applicable to them and the project that they are trying to implement. Helps technology suppliers better understand how they can serve their clients in helping them overcome these financial barriers.

  • Overview of your financial options
  • Match finance with Energy Efficiency projects.
  • Develop successful business case
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These guidelines have been developed by the Energy Efficient Clay Brick (EECB) Project. This environmental sustainability initiative seeks economic solutions to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the South African clay brick sector.