While many know that brick is a beautiful, durable material that lasts for a very long time, some may be unaware of just how advanced the brick industry is with respect green building design and sustainability. For example, it takes almost 70% less energy to make brick today than it did in 1970. More than 80% of brick kilns are fired with natural gas, and many facilities use fuels from bio-based materials from other applications, such as methane gas and sawdust. Brick is the first masonry material that can be certified for environmental claims from a third party source. Brick is also made from naturally abundant materials, and is one of the very few materials allowed by the building codes to be reused in new building applications.
The materials below showcase more details into the sustainable attributes of the brick industry.
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