The Materials Book

A Careful Choice of Bricks: Using different varieties of brick can cut consumption of materials Bricks come in a wide range of densities, textures, sizes, and structural characteristics, but most varieties are compatible with one another. That means different kinds can be combined within a building, or even in a single wall, according to varying structural demands. The upper parts of a structure, for instance, aren’t as heavy as the lower parts, so the bricks carry a lighter load. Choosing the right bricks for various levels of a wall is a low-tech way of optimizing the use of materials. Example: Solid brick from Cerámicas Valera, seen in House 1014, Granollers, Spain Contributed by: Harquitectes, Spain 342