Last year three of the UK’s largest brick manufacturing companies announced a 15% percent increase in their brick prices. That, along with an already bruised economy unsettled the local homebuilding industry. Smaller building companies such as OBC Builders in Bromley have had to adjust to changes and fluctuations in the UK house-building market. As a company our builders in Tunbridge Wells have already started implementing a variety of green building techniques in order to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to construction.
According to a Hanson spokesperson, escalating energy prices and high delivery costs have been the biggest benefactor to the rise in brick prices. The local housing market took a dip during the credit crunch and house-building demand has been low. Many manufacturing companies have been forced to close their doors, placing many building and construction companies such as our Builders in Bromley in a difficult position. Smaller building and construction companies such as OBC Building in Tunbridge Well, Bromley and Sevenoaks are facing very real challenges that demand forward thinking and practical solutions.
This year brick prices continued to increase but the drop in Cement and steel rod prices helped soften the impact of overall construction costs. The current rate for even lower grade bricks is currently twice as high as a year ago and according to brick manufacturers and suppliers this is largely due to raw bricks getting damaged during production as well as the rapid depletion of stock and short supply of natural resources such as sand.
New low-energy brick could benefit builders in Bromley and the UK:
The U.S manufacturing company called Calstar Products are causing a stir with the production of a new type of building brick that requires 90% less energy to make and that generates 85% less carbon dioxide. According to Calstar, their new brick making process takes 10 hours from start to finish and can be fabricated below 100 degrees centigrade. Calstar’s apparently uses a lot of fly ash (a by-product of coals plants) in the production of their bricks in order to enhance the chemical make-up of their bricks. The development of this new brick could benefit the global construction industry as well as smaller construction companies such as OBC Builders in Bromley.
Smaller building and construction companies such as OBC Building in Tunbridge Well, Bromley and Sevenoaks are facing very real challenges that demand forward thinking and practical solutions. In an attempt to combat resource depletion and climate change, many people are looking for more intelligent ways of producing construction materials. Brick manufacturing is a pivotal part of the construction industry and creating a better more efficient ways of producing brick can advance the industry while protecting the environment.
One of the challenges that we face in the building and construction industry is finding better more sustainable ways of producing raw materials. Our builders in Tunbridge Wells and the greater UK are well aware of the fact that ordinary bricks are fired for 24 hours at 1,093 degrees centigrade and can take a week to make. This process is not only time-consuming but also requires a lot of energy and resources. Unfortunately we need to find better ways of producing construction material so that it benefits our planet and economy.
Brick making is an art that has been around for centuries but sustaining the current production of raw brick might not be a viable option in light of the future of the planet and the economy. At OBC builders in Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, we can look forward to new innovations in the building and construction industry.