With the move toward LEED v4, where is the brick and tile industry going? Will material transparency change how these materials are made? What are the environmental advantages of using brick and tile? Learn where these materials fit within the LEED rating system and in sustainable construction in general. This presentation includes discussions about brick manufacturing (including embodied energy), life cycle assessment and performance aspects of brick masonry. The new Environmental Product Declaration from the ceramic tile industry will be discussed as well as new initiatives within the brick industry. Also included are discussions on what LEED is missing and other features brick and ceramic tile can provide to sustainable buildings if not working on a LEED project.
By the end of this program attendees will:
- Learn how brick manufacturing affects environmental performance and what can be specified to maintain longevity.
- Be able to design brick walls that will be energy efficient based on life cycle assessment of a building.
- Be able to use Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in selecting ceramic tile materials.
- Understand what important performance characteristics are not found within the LEED rating system and how to incorporate them in design.