How we serve our members & the public
The Clay Brick Association of Southern Africa represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Southern Africa.
We inspire sustainable, contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape. We undertake research into the safe and sustainable production of clay bricks and pavers, and prepare and distribute property owner guides and builders technical manuals to educate South Africans on best practice in masonry construction techniques.
Serving property owners, developers and builders
Our goal is to ensure that local property owners achieve long life, good value and sustained performance from brick walling and paving.
The Association is renowned for its first-rate technical information that is used by the construction industry to design, detail and build in burnt clay masonry products with absolute confidence. The CBA has publishes both online and printed informative technical guides and fact sheets on specifying and building with clay masonry.
This website – www.claybrick.org – provides an extensive library of fact sheets and in-depth articles for property owners and developers, architects and builders. It also provide convenient map-based and city-based searches for buyers and quantity surveyors to find clay brick suppliers near their construction site. This saves on transport costs while reducing your carbon footprint!
Serving it's Members
All ClayBrick members are committed to the production and supply of premium products to the building and construction industries, as well as end-users.
Membership is voluntary, with the requisite that all members uphold the integrity of the ClayBrick mark, in accordance with the organisations Code of Conduct and best practice in fulfilling the delivery of its vision and mission.
The CBASA provides strategic direction for members through its investment in research and educational initiatives regarding energy efficiency, reduced emissions, green building and sustainable construction.
The CBASA monitors all legislation and standards issues, and acts as the liaison between the industry, government and other professional bodies representing the housing, building and construction industries. As the industry watchdog, the CBA lobbies for improved building standards, particularly in the affordable housing sector. This mandate allows members to respond more proactively to critical issues and avoid the risk of penalties or plant shutdown due to lack of knowledge and non compliance.
The CBA fosters a progressive ethic with the vital checks and balances in place to promote stringent quality and operational standards, in accordance with the stipulated guidelines of SABS 227 and 1575 for paving.
All members are committed to the production and supply of premium products to the building industry and end-users. Membership is voluntary, with the prerequisite that members uphold the integrity of the Clay Brick mark and supply only top-grade clay masonry products.
As the environmental consciousness of society grows, the demand on building professionals to incorporate green principles into sustainable building designs will magnify. clay bricks are the building material of choice in creating environmentally responsible living and workspaces for today's generation and beyond.
With clay bricks being the material of choice for many building professionals and consumers alike, they also enjoy an international legacy in sustainable building design. Clay bricks offer one of the most cost effective ways of introducing thermal mass into a building’s design. Their natural insulation properties ensure the moderation of internal temperatures, thus reducing the need for artificial and costly heating and cooling.
Liaison with government
The CBA maintains regular contact with the offices of national administrations such as the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and the Department of Housing, so as to ensure government regulations are adhered to. In terms of new legislation, environmental impact assessments are carried out before any mining takes place. Rehabilitation takes place through an approved environmental management plan.
Through its multifaceted commitment to the quality and professionalism of the industry, the CBA strives to support an age-old proven building tradition.
Special Projects & Initiatives
ClayBrick.org supports various initiatives pertaining to the reduction of energy usage in buildings, including the development of national standards for walling, as set out by the South African Bureau of Standards in consultation with the National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications, i.e.:
- The SANS 204 series for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
- The new SANS 10-400XA – Energy Usage (The application of the National Building Regulations - compulsory)