Hanson’s latest ‘green’ addition is the Oast House Red Multi brick. It is another example of the company’s commitment to the energy-efficient production of high quality masonry products.
The Oast House Red Multi is a vibrant, red-body brick with brown flashing and a small percentage of black sand accents to bring variation to its face.
The brick includes 41% recycled content – reclaimed colliery shale – meaning the manufacturing process reduces the amount of waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill. Many of Hanson’s brick types contain alternative raw materials (ARM) which are recycled from the company’s own manufacturing processes or those of other companies.
Commenting on the introduction of the new product, head of Hanson’s sustainability department Steve Miller said, “It is a traditional southern stock brick targeted at high quality housing schemes. Although it does have applications right across the building spectrum where first class finish and outstanding appearance are priorities, it is capable of meeting pretty well every design requirement. Being what we call a ‘soft-mud’ brick, it also has inherent sustainability characteristics.”
A significant element of the new brick’s embodied efficiency is in the 41% recycled content comprising reclaimed colliery shale, which means that its manufacture has helped to reduce an element of waste that might otherwise have gone into landfill and to restore a derelict area.