Community Benefits of Masonry Planning Policies

Greater Durability and Less Maintenance
The natural strength of clay brick guarantees that commercial and residential structures will be built to last. Clay brick structures require less maintenance by successive property owners and ensure that buildings will remain an asset, not a liability, to a community for decades to come. Institutional structures built with clay brick are less of a tax burden on residents due to the minimum maintenance required for clay brick relative to other cladding options.

Aesthetically Pleasing Structures
Communities that have passed masonry ordinances assume a sense of permanence over time. The natural color and beauty of clay brick is unsurpassed by any other building material. The multiple colors, shapes and sizes allow builders and developers the flexibility to create visually pleasing buildings and developments while adhering to a requisite for clay brick. Due to its warmth, texture and scale, clay brick also helps create a sense of place. This is particularly evident in communities that use clay brick for plazas, sidewalks and city streets.

Increased Tax Base
The increased valuation of brick homes, typically 6% more, and commercial structures creates an increased property tax base for communities. Consequently, a clay brick standard offers communities the ability to spend additional tax revenue on much-needed city services. The longevity of clay brick buildings ensures that they will be an asset and not a detriment to a city's tax base for decades according to a University of Michigan study.

Safer Structures
Clay brick is naturally fireproof. Communities have adopted clay brick and masonry standards for centuries, recognizing the importance of protecting structures from fire and the spread of fire. In addition, the use of clay brick can reduce fire insurance premiums for home and business owners. Extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornados, and other wind events can subject walls to an onslaught of wind-borne debris. Clay brick has proven to be a superior material to other cladding options at stopping or retarding such debris.