Why Build With Masonry?
Mike Leonard, Director of the Building Alliance, outlines the benefits of building with traditional brick and block construction.
Masonry construction offers an extensive range of cost-effective solutions for buildings of all types and is preferred by a massive 93% of homeowners.
Masonry is designed and built to last at least 150 years making it truly sustainable. Manufactured from responsibly soured local materials and produced in the UK, masonry products are installed on site by skilled operatives creating massive employment opportunities.
Masonry is safe, non-combustible and highly cost-effective and flexible, offering a 15% saving compared to timber frame. Bricks and blocks, wall ties and mortar are all available off-the-shelf from builders’ merchants allowing projects to start immediately. This avoids the long lead times associated with other building systems which may be imported from overseas and have higher carbon impacts.
Teplo-BFR is an innovative basalt-fibre wall tie that features a plain end for resin anchoring into an existing structure and a moulded safety end for building into a new bed joint.
Nexus, the next generation of brick-faced support systems developed through a collaboration between Ibstock Kevington and Ancon, is the first of its kind to achieve British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification for both soffits and lintels.