Technical - Brick Production

Summary Updated: August 2017. Declaration of Greenhouse Gases as Priority Air Pollutants and National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations published by the Department of Environmental Affairs on 21... more
The EECB facilitated a targeted Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO) Assessment at Algoa Brick as part of the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) programme. The audit report evaluated 9 of the... more
Lignosulphonate clay conditioners have been shown to provide benefits such as improved clay workability and increased extrusion rates which result in reduced power consumption during extrusion.... more
This study focuses on the feasibility and energy efficiency benefits of using “waste” flue gas energy to heat Heavy Furnace Oil (HFO) instead of electricity generated by South Africa’s coal-fired... more
Dematerialisation is the reduction of total material and energy throughput of any product, thus limiting its environmental impact. One of the identified methods to implement dematerialisation in clay... more
This Technical Note reviews the implementation, annual energy savings, payback period and estimated annual greenhouse gas reduction of the installation by CBA Associate Member Bernini Impianti. The... more
This Sales Training Manual which has been designed as a practical resource tool for ClayBrick members to train their sales personnel and other representatives on Clay Brick products. This information... more
This information covers the basic requirements of Clay Brick manufacture and its performance attributes and has been designed as a practical resource tool for ClayBrick members to train their sales... more
Management Summary and consolidation report of the LCA study “Life Cycle Assessment of clay brick walling in South Africa” Peter Drucker famously quoted, “what gets measured, gets managed”. By... more
The National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations were published on 3 April 2017. The current reporting threshold for brick manufacturing is set at 4 million bricks per month. Note that the... more
Please view the Technical Team’s  latest YouTube video on the hidden costs of Hackline Drying in clay brick manufacture.
The environmental and socio-economic impact of clay bricks in South Africa This brochure provides a high-level overview of these studies and the key take home messages for those involved in brick... more
The SADC Clay Brick Survey sought to gather intelligence around clay brick production in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region. With a deeper understanding of the industry and the... more
Cova Advisory recently addressed three CBA regional meetings on the topic Project Financing, grants and incentives in South Africa. For all who attended or who may have missed the presentation please... more
South Africa is committed to regulating and transforming the energy sector, to enable the provision of secure, sustainable and affordable energy. Monitoring energy consumption within South Africa’s... more
This summary is based on the Draft South African Carbon Tax Regulations published by National Treasury on 30 November 2015.
This summary is based on the Draft Regulations: Carbon Tax Offsets published by National Treasury on 20 June 2016.
This summary is based on the Draft South African Carbon Tax Regulations published by National Treasury on 30 November 2015. A benchmark is defined as a ‘standard or point of reference against which... more
The Energy Guideline is one of three publications developed with the aim of assisting the South African brick sector to reduce its energy costs and become more energy efficient. These guidelines will... more
As many brick manufactures know, thermal energy accounts for more than 80% of energy use. A thermal model has been developed to help brick companies better understand where the heat energy is flowing... more
During the Eurocode summit held in 2008 hosted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS),  the benefits for adopting Eurocodes in South Africa were highlighted. It appears likely the European... more
The 2016 Brick Sustainability Report, provides a detailed account of how the clay brick sector in the UK has performed against its collective sustainability strategy, and demonstrates the progress... more
OTAL Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the brick industry to quantify the environmental impact of clay bricks. The results show that the external walling materials of a house, including clay brick, have... more
The clamp kiln is the major clay brick production technique in South Africa. Globally, it is regarded as an energy-inefficient process with a high probability of air pollution. The University of... more

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