Being Carbon Neutral is one of the biggest challenges facing industry today. The building industry is no different.

Indeed the building industry has long been viewed as one of the bigger polluters. Things are changing as we all become conscious of our duty to look after our planet.

The timber industry has only recently understood the advantage it has in the industry,particularly when its product comes from sustainable forests.

We now see manufacturers in other areas of the building industry showing innovation on making their products more environmentally and carbon neutral. The brick manufacturing and roofing industries have both made advances towards being carbon neutral.

Brickworks Building Products has with two of its brick brands, Daniel Robertson and Austral Bricks (Tasmania), achieved the environmental “holy grail” of having their products certified as Carbon Neutral under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard.

Clay bricks are often accused of being environmentally compromised due to the relatively high natural gas consumption required in kiln firing. This simplistic approach overlooks their long life, role as thermal mass in an energy-efficient design, re-usability, and the fact that bricks do not require resource-hungry finishes such as paint or render to maintain their good looks and durability.

The Carbon Neutral certification of Daniel Robertson and Austral Bricks (Tasmania) products is largely achieved by the use of a unique fuel for kiln firing using a Tasmanian waste product, sawdust.

Mean while BlueScope commissioned an independent comparative environmental life cycle assessment of the new and previous-generation COLORBOND® steel products as roofing for 1000 square metres of commercial/industrial space.

The LCA study measured the environmental impact on metal resources resulting from changes to the metallic coating composition and quantity between the products. It concluded that the reduction in environmental impact is the result of innovation in the metal coating formulation on the new COLORBOND® steel substrate, which delivers an increased lifespan while using fewer metal resources.

“It has a smaller environmental footprint compared to their previous generation of technology because it provides greater durability – in other words, needs replacing less often and also uses fewer metal resources.

Keep it up building industry.