A thermal performance comparison between six walling construction materials frequently used in South Africa
When selecting building materials, developers and architects of green buildings take into... more
Socio-economic sustainability concerns the parameters that affect people’s opportunities, now and in the future, to fulfil their potential as well attain their basic needs such as livelihoods, social... more
Essentially, ClickBricks are clay bricks that do not need to be connected by cement to create a stable wall. Produced by Daas Baksteen, ClickBricks can be dry stacked together by means of metal... more
Hydroseeding, also referred to as hydromulching, is a grass planting process. It is a fast, cost effective and high-quality method for seeding vegetation, land rehabilitation and erosion control. The... more
Fuel switching is often considered an essential step in achieving a low-carbon future. It replaces inefficient fuels with cleaner alternatives, such as substituting coal for natural gas or a suitable... more
Rain water, storm water, grey water, ground water and water reclaimed from manufacturing processes can be treated and reused.
In the brick production process, recycled waste water can be used during... more
Unfired clay bricks were first used in Mesopotamia around the third millennium BC. Almost a third of the world's inhabitants live in houses made of earth.
Earth masonry is not “fired” like... more
Sustainability Factsheet #04
Habla Zig Zag Kilns (HZZKs) offer an innovative and scalable kiln that is versatile and can be configured for either large or small commercial use.
The kiln provides a... more
Sustainability Factsheet #04
Improving the efficiency of water usage and water conservation practices within the clay brick sector will significantly contribute to the preservation of South Africa’s... more
Sustainability Factsheet #03
“Dematerialization is the reduction of the total material and energy throughput of any product and service, and thus the limitation of its environmental impact.
Sustainability Factsheet #02
The Department of Environmental Affairs has set limits for the air pollutants that may be released from clamp kilns.
As the oldest and (still) most utilized firing... more
Sustainability Factsheet #01
Recycling waste products by incorporating them into clay brick during production is a practical and environmentally- friendly solution - curbing the costs and negative... more
What is the objective of the online submission of brick manufacturing statistics?
The Clay Brick Association of South Africa (CBA), EcoMetrix Africa (EMA) and Partners for Innovation (PfI) have been commissioned to execute a 3-year project co-sponsored by the European Union (EU)... more
Sustainability Week seminars provide intensive exposure to professional experts on sustainability topics. One of those experts was CBA Technical Director Nico Mienie, who presented the findings of... more
On behalf of the CBA’s Switch Africa Green Programme, Lisa Reynolds of Green Building Design Group gave two specialist presentations to the Eastern and Southern Cape chapters of the S A Institute of... more
Zi Brick and Tile Industry International, considered by experts in the field to be the leading journal for the heavy clay industry, will be carrying a 12-page feature article on the South African... more
CBA Technical Director Nico Mienie presented the South African Clay Brick Industry Lifecycle Assessment at the 2017 Clemson Brick Forum South Carolina, from 2–4 October. Hosted by the National Brick... more
The CBA's national roadshow was presented to members and construction professionals in 9 cities across South Africa. It provided facts and figures on sustainability and green building, recent changes... more
Clay bricks fulfil an important role in developing South Africa’s economy. They provide a durable and affordable means of building high quality housing and structures for the nation.
CBA Technical Director Nico Mienie presented that clay brick industry Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at the 2-day 2017SAEEC in November 2017. The CBA itook part in Session 4: Track C - Energy... more
This Management Summary and consolidation report of the LCA study by the University of Pretoria compares the electricity use of 6 different types of walling common in South Africa. The measurements... more
In 2013, ClayBrick.org and the University of Pretoria made history through the signing of the agreement to pursue the industry 'Life Cycle Assessment for Clay Brick Walling in South Africa'. This is... more
Peter Drucker famously quoted, “what gets measured, gets managed”. By examining an activity we are forced to pay attention to it. By producing relevant and accurate measurements we can identify where... more