Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. In other words, green building design involves finding the balance between home-building and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Cape Brick uses 70% recycled material in all their bricks, blocks, retaining wall blocks and decking blocks and have now introduced 15% recycled material into their wet-cast paving products. They use roughly 70,000 tons of recycled materials per year in manufacturing their products although they produce significantly more. This is equivalent to 4800 truck loads (of 10 cubic meters each) of material. The excess not used by them is sold as a filling material to the civil construction sector.
There are so many brick suppliers out there claiming to be environmentally friendly, so how do you know that Cape Brick‘s products are genuinely ‘green’?
One of the biggest problems in South Africa is that a lot of companies claim to be ‘green’ but in reality very few really make a difference. Putting a recycling Logo on your product doesn’t make you green. You need to do things differently to make a difference. Cape Brick have had their products tested and endorsed by EcoSpecifier SA and are currently the only brick manufacturer approved by them as being environmentally friendly. They have deliberately avoided joining associations that claim to represent ‘Green’ producers, but who do not actually do a proper verification or embodied energy calculation.
“Ecospecifier SA aim is to help building professionals including architects, designers, builders and specifiers, as well as keen homeowners, to shortcut the eco and healthy materials sourcing process.
Its broader aim is to help create a more sustainable physical environment by increasing the use of environmentally preferable and healthy products, materials and design processes”