Think Bricks and Think Green


Whilst most conversations around going ‘green’ in the building trade refer to electricity usage, water saving and the design of a building, the role of the manufacturer in producing their products and what they are doing to minimize the use […]

Cape Brick is Getting Ready to Start a Challenging Project


Cape Brick‘s new client is getting ready to start on an exciting and challenging project. The client will be using their 14mpa NFX imperial brick which incorporates roughly 70% recycled content.  If the clients existing house in the background is anything to go by this promises […]

An Stylish Toaster Made from a Brick and Rebar

building block toaster

Adi Zaffran’s toaster has five components: rebar rods, a building block (can be bought at Cape Brick), wood, wire, and some fasteners. The project is intended to raise awareness of the massive network of materials and production required to make simple household objects […]

Planter Bricks


The Planter Bricks are custom designed concrete masonry units that can hold plants and vegetation. The planter bricks have the potential to counter the heat island effect in big cities through evapotranspiration and pollution conversion. The plants in the wall […]

Green Building Council Brings IFC’s EDGE to South Africa’s Residential Property Market


A new green building certification programme has been brought to South Africa thanks to the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and its partnership with World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and local rollout partners the National […]

Is Self-healing Concrete the Ultimate Green Material?


Green building could be on the brink of a revolution in materials following the development of biomass masonry which can be grown using bacterial cultures or repair itself when damaged. Watch the video about Self-healing concrete with the use of bacteria. […]

Call for Greater Use of Eco-friendly Materials


The call by environmental consultant  Saleh Kamal for greater use of eco friendly construction materials, was met with enthusiasm by Jacques Tresfon of Cape Brick who claims their products are probably the most environmentally friendly concrete products available. “Our hollow core […]

3D printing helps designers build a better brick


Using 3-D printing and advanced geometry, a team at Cornell has developed a new kind of building material – interlocking ceramic bricks that are lightweight, need no mortar and make efficient use of materials. Developed by the Sabin Design Lab […]