Home heating and cooling
Having a house made of brick provides major advantages when it comes to both heating your home in winter and cooling it in summer, making it one of the best eco-materials for both residential and commercial properties.
Bricks are an essential part of energy efficient building design. The key reason for this is that bricks provide ‘thermal mass’ when used in a building.
According to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, “Thermal mass acts as a thermal battery. During summer, it absorbs heat, keeping the house comfortable. In winter, the same thermal mass can store the heat from the sun or heaters to release it at night, helping the home stay warm.”
This thermal mass is a key part of passive design, a proven method of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature all year round and reducing the need for heating and cooling devices. This in turn decreases electricity loads, providing cost savings and being an all-round win for the environment.
Grey has been the perennial favourite in all exterior colour schemes for the last few years, with no sign of waning. The most popular shades are closer to charcoal in tone, giving homes a dramatic, modern look. Coupled with white mortar and trims for a contemporary feel, or blended with mortars in muted grey tones, grey manages to look both modern and classic. Some of our favourites? Try Gris and Nero in the new Morada range for a streamlined look, Black Beauty in Dry Pressed, the beautifully textured glazed Apollo from the Altitude range, or Urban Blue from the composite family.
White bricks align with the new shift to Scandi and Coastal looks (link to White Bricks). The clean, simple lines of white add crispness to any exterior design scheme – and provide a perfect backdrop to landscaping. Using white bricks instead a white-washed paint prevents the pale surface from becoming too high in maintenance and allows the finish to keep its pristine purity. Consider Crevole in the Velour range, which comes with a soft sheen, or Van Gogh Roman Splits for classical textured style.
A pop of bright colour works in many homes, particularly those with a contemporary aesthetic. Perfect for feature walls, such as kitchen splashbacks or fireplace surrounds, they even make a great feature at a front door, combined with white or grey bricks. Some home owners mix up the hues to create a rainbow effect, others prefer a strong block of colour as a statement piece. Our pick of the best brights? Take a look at the stunning range of glazed bricks in the Vibrant series, including Wasabi, a so-hot-right-now green and the spectacular Paris, which is a subtle plum shade.
Every home needs a touch of bling – discreetly, of course. While a full house built of metallic bricks can make a strong statement (see The Block in 2017), many homeowners like to play it safe by blending metallic bricks with plain for subtle textured effects. Favourite metallics include Copper Lustre (reflecting the hottest interior shade of the moment) and Silver Spark in the Urban Metal range, or The Block’s choice, Pewter, from the Metallics collection.
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