ROYAL LANCASTER HOTEL, LONDON
This Brick Awards 2023 is placing a major focus on sustainability. The awards, which are organised by the Brick Development Association (BDA) and will be held in London’s West End on 8 November, celebrate the best examples of clay brick in the built environment.
This emphasis on sustainability reflects the serious intentions of British brick manufacturers to create a greener and more eco-friendly future, and highlights the positive sustainable initiatives which are now taking place within the industry. They are well represented in the shortlisted entries in the highly competitive five housing categories in this year’s Brick Awards.
These are: Individual Housing Development; Small Housing Development; Medium Housing Development; Large Housing Development; and Housebuilder. The entries are notable for their geographical spread, from London and the south to the midlands, the north and to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
All these projects celebrate the timeless elegance and sustainable strength of clay brick. The Brick Development Association proudly advocates its use in construction because bricks’ unbeatable benefits make them an ideal choice for any project.
Clay bricks offer exceptional structural integrity, providing a robust foundation for buildings and ensuring durability over time. Their thermal mass properties regulate indoor temperature, reducing energy consumption and contributing to a more sustainable environment. As energy bills continue to increase and threaten our standard of living, clay brick’s thermal performance offers occupants peace of mind, keeping us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That’s not to mention the impact on our wellbeing of great acoustic insulation, and the potential to absorb humidity, helping to protect both the structure and the occupants.
Moreover, clay bricks are much lighter than concrete bricks, which means that they can be transported in a more environmentally friendly way, saving on fuel and road use and therefore reducing their overall carbon footprint. They also tend to be made locally, unlike concrete bricks, and that helps strengthen the local economy.
Beyond functionality, clay bricks bring aesthetic appeal to architectural designs with their natural colour variations and textures. This combination of strength and beauty has made clay bricks a favourite among architects, developers, and homeowners alike. From their durability and design versatility to their eco-friendly attributes, clay bricks continue to pave the way towards a sustainable and visually captivating built environment.
If the economic case for clay bricks is persuasive, so too is the sustainability and ecological argument. All major British brick manufacturers take their sustainability responsibilities extremely seriously, recycling energy and waste wherever possible and supporting the circular economy.
It is so important to celebrate best practice in the use of brick in the built environment. But it’s also crucial to emphasise how investment in production processes currently being developed the UK’s clay brick industry, such as renewable energy, carbon capture, biomass and hydrogen fuelling, will see further carbon reductions in clay brick production in the future.
The ceremony will take place on 8 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel and will be hosted by TV personality and architect George Clarke.
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