Ahead of its Time!

Ahead of its Time!
Published: 13 March 2020

As one of the world’s oldest building materials, dating back to at least 7500 BCE, the humble clay brick is often thought of as a traditional, classic option for a building.  Unlike sun-dried bricks that pre-date Roman times, the invention of fired brick in about 3,500AD heralded a completely different way of building, and the creation of the most memorable buildings of modern civilisation.

Look a little closer though and you’ll see that Roman bricks were longer and slimmer than their more recent counterparts (the kiln fired bricks measured 1 or 2 Roman feet by 1 Roman foot) and these proportions gave Roman buildings a particular aesthetic that hasn’t been repeated in recent generations.

Now, Austral Bricks is channelling that Roman inspiration with their new 390series with their exaggerated proportions an ode to the distinctive early stretched Roman bricks.

Austral developed the range to meet demand in Australia from the Architectural Community for a cost-effective, long format brick in a contemporary colour palette – aimed at high-end residential and commercial projects. By investing in new technology Austral Bricks® have been able to introduce new kiln firing techniques to produce bricks with a variety of surface finishes, exciting colours and different sizes.

The product features all the usual benefits of clay brick, including:

Brick is energy efficient.

For energy efficient warmth in winter and cool in summer, brick combines perfectly with passive building design to harness natural sources of energy. The natural density and thermal insulating qualities of clay moderate building temperature and reduce energy consumption rates, to provide year round comfort and savings.

Brick is low maintenance.

Bricks don’t need paint or other treatments to maintain aesthetics and durability. Even after 50 years they are still strong, reliable and relatively maintenance free, saving you on the cost and time required to upkeep your home, compared to lighter weight materials.

Brick is weatherproof.

The most endearing quality of a brick home is its ability to withstand the test of time, even under the harshest environmental conditions. Forget about painting, sealing or other high cost finishes; brick is weatherproof and with virtually no maintenance, brick’s cost effective, impeccable performance will last a lifetime.

Brick is creative and colourful.

For creative colour and design, think brick. From striking rich chocolate to glorious vintage red, creamy almond or golden light sand, even shiny metallic or smooth pastel palettes, the natural earthy tones of brick provide impressive and lasting colour contrast, perfect in any setting.

Brick is secure, an investment for life.

As one of the world’s most sought after and trustworthy sources of sustainable building materials, brick is renowned for its strength and secure investment potential. The quality construction, quiet calm and ageless appeal of a solid brick home will protect your family for generations to come.

Clay Brick is sustainable.

Made from organic minerals found in shale and local, naturally abundant sources of clay; brick’s long-lasting life cycle offers ongoing environmental and health benefits. Durable, re-usable, free from contaminants and naturally resistant to pests or fire, brick is safe to live in, making it the ultimate material in responsible and economical home building design.

Brick is the building material of choice.

Building with brick is cost effective and easy to work with, and without the need for expensive rendering brick is the original building material of choice. Choose from the traditional, classic and enduring natural elegance of heritage, to the sophistication of cutting edge modern symmetrical design.

Style and design.

Bricks add distinct style to any type of home. Their natural colours and textures enable you to create striking façade contrasts or more traditional neutral colour tones.

See more about the Austral Bricks 390series at The Brickery: 0800 BRICKS  https://thebrickery.co.nz