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Clay Brick: Building a Sustainable Future for the UK

The ultimate sustainable building material, clay brick has proven its performance for thousands of years. Unlike other materials that fade in and out of fashion, clay brick provides the longevity, durability and adaptability that sets it apart. These impressive qualities are why clay brick has a typical lifespan of over 150 years. But a clay brick can often last much longer. And at the end of a building’s life, clay bricks have a second life. They can be refurbished, recycled and reused, offering end-of-life circularity.

Created using natural, locally sourced materials, clay brick’s unbeatable thermal mass regulates indoor temperatures, while its clay composition emits no harmful substances that degrade air quality. When you need a structure to endure, clay brick provides the lowest carbon, highest recycling potential, and greatest health impacts.

Now is the time to think longer/resilience.

Clay brick can help shape our future.

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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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Barratt Zed House, Salford

Zed House is the flagship zero carbon home concept of Barratt Homes, developed in conjunction with Salford University. It is the first new home in the country built by a major housebuilder to go beyond the new Future Homes Standard by delivering a carbon reduction of 125%.

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Project 80, Birmingham

he development is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and through the use of latest technologies, economic considerations, and modern building techniques, aims to achieve up to 80% less carbon emissions than a standard newbuild development.

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