THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF BRICKby Boral Masonry
With advantages in durability, sustainability, energy efficiency and stylish design, brick is more than just a pretty face when building a new home.
A classic choice for building, brick is one of the most durable options available for residential homes. “Clay bricks can last in excess of 50 years without requiring painting or maintenance, making them a worthwhile investment when building or renovating,” said David Bird, general manager of Boral Bricks.
For a home that is naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter, brick is an ideal choice and can contribute to significant savings in the household power bill.
Research by the University of Newcastle found that bricks’ ability to absorb, store and release heat because of its thermal mass makes it a very energy efficient and sustainable building material. Double-walled brick homes offer the greatest efficiency, and when combined with passive design concepts such as home orientation, airflow, and solar power, a home can require minimal active heating and cooling.
Made from naturally occurring clay deposits, brick is free from contaminants and naturally resistant to pests and fire. Better yet, bricks are easily reusable and recyclable for a solution that is easier on the environment.
"After recent investments in production processes, Boral has improved the energy efficiency of its brick making processes,” commented David Bird. “As a result, the production of bricks is now a more efficient and sustainable manufacturing process."
Boral bricks are available in a wide variety of colours, textures, shapes and sizes. The bricks are kiln-fired up to 1130°C, locking in colour for the life of the brick. Bricks are available in standard, 50mm and double height sizes.
For more information visit: www.boral.com.au or call 1300 360 255
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