Natural raw material

Clay meets many of the demands placed on natural raw materials: it is an all-natural product that is extracted close to the brickworks, keeping transport distances to a minimum. Barely any waste is generated during production, since all trimmings and excess material are fed back into the production loop. The products themselves have an exceptionally long life and can be reused. All in all, clay bricks are an excellent basis for sustainable building.

Saal pit during clay mining
Saal pit during clay mining

Returning to nature

Once we have finished mining, we carefully recultivate the pits and return them to the landscape as a part of nature. Biodiversity levels are above average in both our active and rewilded pits. Even during mining, our pits perform an important ecological function, thanks to the temporary ponds, brownfields and ruderal areas that are created. These features provide valuable habitat for rare plants and animals. In fact, the Saal pit is even home to a protected area for amphibians that has been deemed to be of national significance.

Efficiency and reusability

Clay bricks such as the Urban cladding tile have a very long lifespan of around 100 years. Their ecological credentials are further boosted by their reusability. The Urban is either bolted onto a substructure or fixed in place with rubber strapping. Both variants offer maximum flexibility in terms of product maintenance – but more importantly, they make it possible to dismantle the façade and renew the individual bricks.

C.F. Møller Architects put these properties of the Urban cladding tile to good use in the Netto supermarket construction project in Denmark, winning the DNGB Label gold certificate for their work.