Claytile is committed to a holistic approach to environmental sustainability where all the activities in the business are based on sound environmental practices. Clay brick is an inert and environmentally friendly material. It is made of clay and water and contains no complex components or chemicals; it is completely recyclable and ultimately can be returned to earth.
Clay brick is a highly sought after architectural design component by virtue of its colours and surface textures. In addition the current imperative for the practice of architecture to align with the concept of sustainability has reaffirmed clay brick’s role as one of the most environmentally friendly building materials in green building design.
Made of clay and shale, the final composition of clay brick includes the four natural elements, i.e., earth, wind, fire and water. Therefore, they contain no pollutants or allergens and are resistant to noxious insects. They are known to have a benign effect on the environment.
As part of our commitment to conserve the environment, the Group invested a large capital sum in building its factory to ensure the production process is substantially more environmentally friendly than older methods; using less clay and fuel and yielding very low emissions. The factory complies with all the provisions of the New Air Quality Act of 2004, and has been granted the New Order Mining Right essential for primary brick producers. Claytile has substantial clay reserves already secured to guarantee future production capacity.
Waste is also reduced through on-site crushing facilities which convert rubble and other recyclable by-products into usable materials. Burnt brick waste is also recycled into a sub-base, which is used in civil development and infrastructure, such as roads. The high firing temperatures used in the manufacturing process render clay bricks environmentally safe and user friendly, with emissions regulated throughout the manufacturing process in line with the national Air Quality Act.
Heating and Cooling Properties
Apart from protecting the environment with some of the lowest levels of carbon emissions, the natural insulation properties of clay brick also contribute significantly to the life cycle of a building. Clay brick has the ability to absorb heat during the day and release it at night, thus reducing the need for artificial heating in winter and cooling in summer.