Green Renovating: Thin Brick for the Environment

Did you know that brick is one of the best building materials for the environment?  It is made from natural clay, and today it takes about 70% less energy to make a brick than it did 40 years ago.  Additionally, brick facilities often recycle materials such as sawdust and methane gas in the firing to even further reduce environmental impact.  During the manufacturing process, defective bricks can be recycled back into new product, or even crushed as groundcover, and thus very little of the material is wasted during manufacturing.  It doesn’t combine with other chemicals to form toxic byproducts, and is one of the longest lasting construction materials in use.

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You’ll be surprised to know that Ambrico Thin Brick is in fact even better for the environment than traditional brick.  This is because while Thin Brick is manufactured in the exact same environmentally conscious way as normal brick, Thin Brick is only a small fraction of the weight and size of a normal brick (.65lbs vs 3.8 lbs each).   This helps Thin Brick be even more environmentally conscientious in many ways:

Transportation

Because Thin Brick is only a thin veneer, transportation trucks can carry nearly 8 times as many thin bricks as traditional.  This makes the high transportation costs of transporting very thick brick almost negligible.

Mortar

Less brick surface also means less non-recyclable mortar, like up to 90% less.  Ambrico’s EZ Wall System even further reduces the need for mortar by pre-arranging thin brick on weather-proofed panels.

Disposal

Because Thin Brick allows you to keep the existing wall intact, there is far less unnecessary waste from old building materials.  Additionally, when the Thin Brick surface is finally torn down, there is about 80% less waste.

Have you used Thin Brick to make your renovations simpler, more economical, and environmentally friendly?  Shoot us a picture in the comments!

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