Clay bricks, blocks, roof tiles and pavers are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable over the whole life cycle, from the quarrying step to the final recycling-reuse stage.
Why are clay construction products sustainable?
- They are made from natural raw materials that are widely available and sourced locally, providing employment largely in rural areas with limited job prospects
- Extraction is responsible: exhausted clay pits are transformed into nature reserves, amenity lakes or waste repositories
- The production process is resource and energy efficient
- They provide a comfortable and healthy environment in buildings
- They contribute to a properly insulated building envelope
- Clay-based buildings are robust and resistant to fire and floods
- They have a lifecycle of over a century and require little or no maintenance
- Clay-based buildings preserve local architectural heritage across Europe
- Clay based buildings maintain high economic value over time and can be passed down to the next generations
- They can be reused in a second life