Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

D+D News

Main News Page


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Friday, June 6, 2014

More items for Building Envelope

Comment | More

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.

Brickworks Limited, based in New South Wales, says its new brick is the first certified under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral Program.

The line was launched May 8 at the company's Austral Bricks plant in Tasmania.

BrickworksLtd
Images: Brickworks Limited

The bricks are available through Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and Daniel Roberson Pty Ltd throughout Australia.

The bricks are available through Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and Daniel Roberson Pty Ltd throughout Australia.

Years of Development

The new product reflects a decade of efforts to improve process and energy efficiencies that have allowed the company to voluntarily reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 45 percent, said managing director Lindsay Partridge.

The new government certification factors in all of the emissions in the product's supply chain, not just the manufacturing emissions, the company notes. Partridge said the company used locally sourced waste (sawdust) as biomass energy for its kiln to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by almost 100 percent.

That slashed CO2 emissions from 8,607 tonnes per year to just 215 tonnes, "equivalent to the annual output of 466 average Australian households," he said.

The company bought carbon offsets and pursued other energy and greenhouse-gas abatement projects to account for the other savings, Partridge said.

About the Company

"Architects, builders and consumers can now specify bricks from Daniel Robertson and Austral Bricks (Tasmania) knowing that their manufacture results in zero net emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere," the company says on its website.

Brickworks Ltd

Sawdust fuel is the "secret ingredient" in Brickworks' new process.

Partridge called the certification "another step in Brickworks Building Products’ journey towards becoming Australia’s most sustainable building materials company.

The Brickworks group of companies is one of Australia's largest building products suppliers. Brickworks' Building Products group consists of Austral Bricks (founded in 1908), Austral Masonry, Austral Precast, Bristile Roofing, Auswest Timber, Bowral Bricks, Daniel Robertson, Nubrik and GB Masonry.

More information: www.brickworks.com.au.

   

Tagged categories: Brick; Green building; Green walls

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (6/6/2014, 8:16 AM)

Or they could just make fly ash bricks, and eliminate the kiln entirely. Thus the 8400 tonnes of emissions could be saved doubly by burning the sawdust for electricity instead of coal. Example: http://calstarproducts.com/bricks/


Comment from peter gibson, (6/10/2014, 12:31 PM)

Yes I agree. People just make things up and think it is so great. the green act has gone to far as a marketing tool. People are tired of it rammed down their throats. Eco, green...who cares.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (6/11/2014, 8:21 AM)

Well, I think we need to start distinguishing between “Green” and “Greenwashing.” There are actions which are really good for the environment - MPG improvements are pretty much agreed as good for everyone. The increased cost of the car is paid back within a few years of gas savings, and a lot less oil is burned. Many Energy Star appliances are the same way - the cost increase is minimal, but the buyer saves money by using less electricity.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Atlas Material Testing Technology
 
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
 
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com
    atlas.info@ametek.com
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
 
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!
 

 
Shield Industries, Inc
 
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
 
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.
 

 
Keim Mineral Coatings
 
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
 
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural
 

 
Garland Company
 
Architectural Wall Coating Damproofs and Beautifies
 
Tuff-Coat™ multi-functional coating bridges hairline cracks, hides stains and discoloration, and reduces wall temperature, increasing the wall's life cycle.
 

 
EMME Controls
 
EMME (Energy Management Made Easy)
 
• Achieve a zone in every room for 1/2 the cost
• Save up to 40% in energy consumption
• Works in any size building
• Can be installed in as little as a few days without remodeling
• Comfort results guaranteed in writing
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved