Brickworks Building Products, Australia's leadning building products manufacturer, has announced that products made at its Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Longford facility are Australia's first certified carbon neutral bricks under the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Standard. This includes the wide range of bricks and pavers available form Austral Bricks (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and Daniel Robertson Pty Ltd.
This milestone is the result of an ongoing commitment by Brickworks Building Products to deliver sustainable products and processes and to conserve our precious natural resources.
The Australian government's voluntary Carbon Neutral Programme requires the measurement, auditing and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the offset of any remaining emissions.
The carbon neutral certification of the range of pavers and bricks manufactured at Austral Bricks Longford operation, near Launceston, Tasmania is largely achieved by the use of a unique fuel for kiln firing. That fuel is sawdust, a biomass material and a by product of the local Tasmanian timber industry.
Mr Steven Mouzakis, National Energy and Sustainability Manager, said "The use of low emissions biomass as opposed to fossil fuels is largely responsible for the Longford plant's low carbon dioxide emissions. Emissions from the biomass are just 215 tonnes per year, about the same as 12 average Australian households.
"In contrast, a conventional natural gas kiln of the same capacity could emit approximately 8000 tonnes of greenhouse gases."
The certification under the Carbon Neutral Program measures all emissions contributors such as raw material extraction, onsite transport, product deliveries across Australia and internationally, water usage, packaging, waste and business operations, not just kiln emissions.
"The successful carbon neutral certification has been partly achieved through a rigorous ongoing program of energy efficiency improvements to manufacturing and associated operations." Mr Mouzakis said.
All remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by purchasing carbon credits that assist in local Tasmanian projects such as tree planting under the Forests Alive program.
"We are totally committed to conserving our natural resources and becoming a low carbon emitter, while not compromising on the high quality of our products," he added.
Clay bricks are already renowned for their long life and high thermal mass which makes them a smart choice in an energy efficient building design. Apart from being carbon neutral, bricks can also save homeowners up to 25 per cent off their electricity bills.
Mr Mouzakis said "Architects, builders and home owners concerned with reducing their energy usage and carbon footprint should consider using bricks from Austral Bricks (Tasmania) or the Daniel Robertson range. Bricks not only help regulate internal temperatures within a home to make it more comfortable, they are now certified as being good for the environment.
"This is just one more step in the Brickworks Building Products journey towards becoming Australia's most sustainable building products manufacturer."
- Article: supplied by Austral Bricks
- Image: sourced from Austral website - Burlesque Range