The Brick Made Better
The production of clay bricks has remained essentially the same for thousands of years. Bricks are fired to 2,000°F for up to four days, in kilns that operate around the clock for months at a time.
As a result, each clay brick you see is responsible for emitting about a pound of CO2 and consuming 6,000 BTUs of energy. This adds up. For a small school or office building, it can be equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power two homes for a year and CO2 emissions equivalent to that of four car’s emissions for a year.
CalStar has developed a patent-pending formula and manufacturing process to make a better and more sustainable brick. With no firing and no Portland cement, CalStar’s process:
• Consumes 85% less energy
• Releases 85% less CO2
• Recycles 40% post-industrial material that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.
CalStar proves that sustainability doesn’t need to be more expensive. By replacing mined clay with recycled by-products and reducing manufacturing energy, we take cost out of the equation: the same innovations that make our products sustainable also make them affordable.
Made to Perform
Of course, we’ve retained all the features that everyone loves about brick. The durability, low-maintenance, and in-wall performance are comparable to clay brick. Many masons can’t tell the difference: it han¬dles and installs the same. And the warm, rich, appearance is suited to a wide range of building styles, from traditional to ultra-modern.
CalStar Products’ bricks, pavers, and Thru-Wall units have achieved “Sustainable Platinum,” the most stringent certification tier under the SMaRT© Consensus Sustainable Product Standard. SMaRT certification helps specifiers more easily and confidently quantify products’ environmental attributes without concern for misleading information or greenwashing.