#CapeBrick manufactures concrete masonry units with possibly the lowest embodied energy of any masonry product available in the Western Cape today. In fact, our products contain an average of 70% recycled materials. Cape Brick uses approximately 70,000 tons of recycled material per year, which is estimated at 10% of Cape Town’s total recycled building waste materials.
WHAT IS EMBODIED ENERGY?
This is the energy consumed in the manufacture and transportation of construction materials to site. To manufacture a masonry product with a low embodied energy the raw materials should be sourced as close as possible to the manufacturing plant and should contain as much recycled material as possible, the manufacturing process should use as little energy as possible, and the manufacturing plant should be as close as possible to the site to reduce the transport energy component.
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