Clay brick at the cutting edge of cutting carbon
With only 450 of the estimated 350 000 buildings able to meet the December 7th deadline to display Energy Performance Certificates, Minerals and Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe was compelled to grant a three year extension, with the proviso that building owners register the type and size of a building and its energy performance within 12 months with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). This collective failure belies the many dynamic initiatives, innovations and adaptations pulsing through our construction industry, as the revitalising benefits of finding creative sustainable solutions are realised by an increasing majority.
A fresh look at an ancient ally
Claybrick is proving to many skeptics in our built environment that sustainable construction is far from the rejection of the materials, methods and systems that have contributed so much to the world. Far from it: sustainability has driven the research, studies, testing and innovation revealing the many benefits of this ancient building material, and driving its use in increasingly diverse and new ways.
Revitalised with a fresh perspective, Claybrick is surprising both committed environmentalists and builders alike with new demand for its products coming from highly diverse markets. From off-grid living enthusiasts to commercial property developers, clay brick is hot property.