1. TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

2. ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS

3. DESIGN A LOW CARBON BUILDING

BRICK

Brick is one of the oldest and simplest building materials.

It has been used to make houses around the world for as many as 9,000 years.

Monastery

of St George,

Wadi Qelt,

Israel

What it is used for

WALLS

FLOORS

ARCHES

VAULTED ROOFS

What's good & bad

IN SOME HOT PARTS OF THE WORLD BRICKS CAN BE BAKED IN THE SUN RATHER THAN NEEDING A FURNACE OR A KILN

WHEN WE BUILD WITH BRICKS WE HAVE TO STICK THEM TOGETHER WITH MORTAR WHICH USES CEMENT AND SO IS NOT VERY GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Carbon indicator

ZERO CO2

LOTS OF CO2

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Interesting information

Bricks have a relatively low embodied energy. This is because they are made of a natural material, clay, which is then ‘fired’ - heated to a high temperature in a furnace to set them hard.

Did you know?

Bricks have a high thermal mass - that means that they can absorb heat from sunlight during the day and store it to be released when it’s colder at night.

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The average house has about

8 thousand bricks…

…The Empire State Building, on the other hand,

has about 10 million.