Brick – The sustainable building material
From raw material extraction to production and packaging, through to processing, clay building materials are sustainable in all production stages. Ceramics are natural, high-quality and maintenance friendly, as well as very stable, resistant to high temperatures and they do not expand or shrink with temperature variations.
Clay is a natural raw material and extracted locally with the greatest possible consideration for the environment and the biodiversity of flora and fauna. After the extraction, clay is processed, shaped and fired.
Wienerberger aims to always minimize energy consumption and CO2 emissions, whereas optimize the production processes and the quality of the outcome. As a natural building material, clay products can be reused in two different ways: they can be recycled and be grounded to be used in brick production, road construction, as tennis court surface or even as soil conditioners in agriculture. The other way is to reuse the old existing bricks or tiles for new purposes.
Not only the products can be recycled, but also the clay mining sites. Wienerberger is strongly dedicated to the re-cultivation of former clay mining sites. The clay pits that are no longer used, are returned to serve as a habitat for flora and fauna or create a natural recreation area for local residents, or they are restored for agricultural or forestry uses.
Wienerberger is constantly striving to remain the market leader in the field of clay building materials in Europe. As the building sector, demands, and expectations on building materials are continuously evolving and changing, Wienerberger relies on an organic growth through innovation and further development in all areas – from the production process to the products through to distribution.