Created using abundant natural materials, sourced locally and through a domestic supply chain, the UK brickmaking sector is an example of sustainable industry.
Clay bricks have a typical lifecycle of 150 years; the versatility of multiple uses through extensions, alterations to internal configurations, and façade renovations; and the durability to withstand the hard wear of multiple occupants over an extended period, all of which contribute to its position as a leading sustainable construction component.
Welcome to the 2016 Brick Sustainability Report, which provides a detailed account of how the sector has performed against its collective sustainability strategy and demonstrates the progress we have made since the launch of our first sustainability report in 2001.
We continue to report against the targets set through our collaborative Resource Efficiency Action Plan and have made significant progress particularly in the areas of waste and water consumption. The robustness of energy and carbon data contained in this report is much improved and we have restated our 2011 baseline for both.
One of the strengths of this report is that it covers a diverse range of activities, from the selection of alternative raw materials, approaches to resource efficiency and the circular economy, to biodiversity, its links to developing a natural capital strategy and health and safety measures that affect the wellbeing of our employees. Case studies supplement data where applicable.
The Sustainable Production Working Party’s focus in 2017 will be on continuing to demonstrate that clay brick fulfils an important role in the circular economy, formulating water and waste strategy documents, as well as developing the message around our production process and how it can contribute to the natural capital agenda.Download