The Materials Book

Don’t Overcook the Bricks: Sometimes, “good enough” is sufficient—and sustainable Bricks cooked at low temperatures typically aren’t as strong as those fired at higher temperatures. But they are usually strong enough for buildings up to a certain height—and they’re cost-efficient. So their sustainability lies in matching the material to the need, and not adding strength—and cost—where it’s not needed. An added benefit: the lower cooking temperature means they’re more porous than bricks made in hotter ovens, so they offer superior humidity regulation. And if they’re made locally, the environmental impact of transporting them can be minimized. Example: Perforated brick from Cerámica Tejala, seen in House 712, Gualba, Spain Contributed by: Harquitectes, Spain 366

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