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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN WITH BRICK Durable brick cladding meets multiple sustainable design objectives

Photo by Mark Trew; Courtesy HDR

This article was adapted from “Sustainability & Green Building Design with Brick Masonry,” an article that originally appeared in the October 2007 edition of Brick in Architecture published by the Brick Industry Association. Many of the objectives of sustainable design do not impact building material selection, but instead focus on building systems such as plumbing, lighting, air conditioning, etc. However, the versatility and durability of brick facilitate the use of brick masonry as part of many elements of sustainable design.

Environmentally Responsive Site Planning Environmentally responsive site planning includes consideration of site selection, site disturbance, storm water management, and the effect of the

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The McKinney Green building designed by HDR features regional, light-colored exterior brick to help reflect the heat of the sun. The project received a LEED Core & Shell Platinum Certification—the highest available through the USGBC rating system.

building on its surroundings. The use of brick masonry is an appropriate choice for achieving several elements of environmentally responsive site planning.

Reuse Existing Brick Buildings The first step in site planning is selection of the building site. Reuse or renovation of an existing building can result in significant reductions in environmental impacts compared to new construction. Because of the aesthetic appeal and durability of brickwork, buildings using brick are

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