Community Planners

Local Planning Policies

Look at the communities that have stood the test of time — the neighborhoods that have kept their value, their beauty, and their charm long after the builder and/or developer has made their money from the project. Many of these desirable communities – if not most – probably have a lot of brick. Many community planners want to ensure that their neighborhoods today stand for quality, attractiveness and strength.  See how brick can help by going here.


Many of the most beautiful buildings and streetscapes have been clad with fired clay brick – some of them the United States became an independent nation. Because of brick's incredible longevity, one can still see many of America's early, colonial, brick structures - ranging from Virginia's St. Luke's Church (est. 1632) and Boston's State House (circa 1713) to Philadelphia's Independence Hall (1732-1753).  With its natural ingredients, modular-unit size dimensions and built-in design flexibility, brick has always been a material of choice for this country's residential and commercial structures and even streetscapes.

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Affordability and Cost Comparisons

No other material provides as much aesthetic, protective and long-lasting value as genuine clay brick. Whether it is a starter home or a suburban school, RS Means® data confirms that brick costs less than one may think.  With so much going for it and the significance that cladding has on the entire building project, it makes sense to view as an investment rather than a cost.

Fire & Wind/Storm Protection

The Three Little Pigs” were right: brick provides superior shelter in ways other cladding materials can’t match in terms of durability, fire protection, protection from wind-borne debris and more. Other products - like fiber cement - may talk a big game, but no material delivers like brick in so many different types of severe weather events.   


Unlike fake materials that are engineered and altered to look like something it’s not, brick is made from some of earth’s most abundant and natural materials. Coupled with a long service life and incredible durability, brick is the ultimate sustainable material.  Brick and the Environment


How Else Does Brick Compare?

Read the fact sheets below that compare genuine clay brick to a variety of other cladding materials including concrete masonry, EIFS, fiber cement, manufactured stone, and vinyl to learn more.

Can BIA Help Me?

Shannon Armstrong - low resShannon Armstrong
Community Planner

Shannon has been a Community Planner for BIA for more than six years. She educates urban planners and elected officials in the Midwest on the benefits that clay brick has for communities. Shannon has more than 13 years experience working with local government agencies, and she also speaks at local conferences throughout the year on topics such as resiliency and sustainability. Shannon has a masters degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. 


Where Can I Find a Brick Resource Near Me?

BIA members manufacture brick, distribute clay brick or provide products and services to the industry.  In fact, over 70% of the brick sold in the US is made by a BIA member. Since many manufacturers and distributors have more than one location, you can find one closest to you through BIA’s database.