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One of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still 

SPELLER METCALFE AWARD PROJECT INCLUDED REUSE OF RECLAIMED BRICKS
Malvern building contractors, Speller Metcalfe, won the development team prize in the South Worcestershire Building Excellence Awards, for the redevelopment of a badly fire-damaged listed Victorian boarding house and adjacent boarding block while the school remained in use.

The building's features needed to be restored to their original condition and an important part of the project was the reuse of reclaimed bricks as well as stone and plasterwork restoration.

Reza Saneie, head of South Worcestershire Building Control Partnership, was reported to say: "Building standards and regulations have a big impact on the built environment, our homes, places of work, schools and hospitals. Not only will awards like this encourage future standards to be high but they will inject a feel good factor within the local construction industry."

This was the first year for the South Worcestershire Building Excellence Awards which included points for sustainability.
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Story Type : 831

Location : UK > Hereford & Worcs
Category : BRICKS
ID : 61397
User : 1 ; Antique/Reclamation/Salvage Trade ; (Administrator)
Date Created : 30 Aug 2011 20:10:52
Date Modified : 30 Aug 2011 20:10:56;

One of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still
'BANDITS' RECLAIM BRICKS DURING GOVERNMENT DEMOLITION OF 500 HOUSES IN BELFAST
The demolition of terraces of Victorian houses by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), part of the UK government, in the Village area of south Belfast led to scavengers trying to reclaim the bricks. The NIHE neither wanted the bricks, nor did they want them reclaimed.

Today, reclaimed Belfast bricks were being offered on Gumtree at £150 a pallet of 500 (30p each), and were also selling for €320 per 1000 (28p each) at Landmark Architectural Salvage in Newcastle, Co Dublin. The BBC wrote that 'a lucrative trade has grown up around reclaimed Belfast bricks which can retail for between 50p to £1 each.' Clearly there was demand for the bricks.

BBC News NI wrote:
'The NI Housing Executive has appealed to people to stop dismantling houses to steal bricks which are being sold on as salvage. The appeal came as it emerged that so-called brick bandits are stripping a Housing Executive demolition site in the Village area of south Belfast. The Housing Executive has warned people's lives are being put at risk. Gangs of people were sifting through piles of rubble to reclaim the bricks which were then sold on to dealers for around £100 a pallet. The Housing Executive said those involved have also targeted houses which are not yet due for demolition - regardless of whether adjacent homes are still being lived in. The houses were being left in a dangerous condition. The Housing Executive called for a stop to the "wanton vandalism".'

An Ulster dealer, who did not wish to be named, saw the video on Ulster TV (see link below) and said he thought it was the NIHE who were being the wanton vandals by not reclaiming the bricks.

On 9 June 2011, the BBC wrote that 'forty homes in Lower Rockview Street were knocked down on' on a single day which, if true, would mean that the NIHE seemed to be complicit in breaking the law as preparing for reuse, or reclaiming as it is more commonly known, is a legal requirement under the Waste Regulations 2011.

In this case the BBC reporter seems to have avoided joining the fact that the bricks were valuable with the fact that the NIHE was discouraging their reclamation, even though this is a legal obligation.

The minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, was photographed at the controls of demolition machine. He said that 500 houses would be demolished, but made no comment about reclaiming and reusing any of the demolition material.
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One of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still

Location : UK > Belfast
Category : BRICKS
ID : 61348
User : 1 ; Antique/Reclamation/Salvage Trade ; (Administrator)
Date Created : 26 Aug 2011 17:33:21
Date Modified : 26 Aug 2011 17:52:50;

DANISH BRICK CLEANER OBTAINS EU INNOVATION GRANT
Mursten der har været brugt til opmuring, har patina, der skaber rå, rustikke vægge til facader, gulve og vægge. Historien og sjælen bevares - og miljøgevinsten er markant: 2000 gamle mursten sparer miljøet for 1 ton C02. Gamle Mursten har som de eneste løst udfordringen med rensning af gamle mursten på forsvarlig vis. Med en patenteret teknologi kan Gamle Mursten rense 5 - 6.000 sten i timen - og være med til at sikre vores miljø i fremtiden.

Gamle Mursten, a brick cleaning business in Denmark, has been awarded an EU Innovation Grant for setting up the first market uptake of a new automated system to clean old bricks and reuse them, although only one plant will be set up in Denmark.

Gamle Mursten (aka Old Clean Bricks) writes:
'Past and present embodied in the same brick. Bricks have a natural patina perfect for raw, rustic surfaces for facades, floors and walls. History is preserved and the benefits to the environment are substantial. 2000 old bricks save 1 ton of CO2 from being emitted into the environment. Old Clean Bricks has created a solution to cleaning old bricks responsibly. Using its patented technology, Old Clean Bricks can clean 5000 to 6000 bricks an hour - helping to reduce environmental impact for the future.'

Is there a Danish SalvoNEWS reader willing to translate the dialogue in this video into English?
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Story Type : 831

Location : Denmark
Category : BRICKS
ID : 61025
User : 1 ; Antique/Reclamation/Salvage Trade ; (Administrator)
Date Created : 04 Aug 2011 11:27:23
Date Modified : 04 Aug 2011 11:32:31;

THREAT TO UK BRICKS FROM EU CARBON TAX
[Source: Andrea Klettner, bdonline co uk

Architects fear a new carbon tax could force the UK brick industry into decline, pushing up costs and forcing them to import the material from elsewhere. The news comes as the European Union prepares to classify heavy clay industries, including brick, roof tile and clay drainage pipe manufacturers under "carbon leakage risk" legislation, which will limit their carbon emissions.

Any emissions outside the allowance would be subject to an increasing charge from 2013, with brick-makers at risk of paying for 90% of their emissions by 2020 if they are not reclassified. Bob Allies, director at Allies & Morrison, said it would be a "tragedy" to stop manufacturing in the UK. "Brick is one of our fundamental materials and it would be sad to import bricks when we can make our own," he said.

The EU's move would also mean a competitive disadvantage for clay-based products compared to other materials such as steel and cement, which have been given more free carbon allowances.

Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: "I would like UK architects to be able to source and use quality, durable products - those made in the UK in energy-efficient factories.

"Present policies mean that essential products such as bricks and roof tiles are likely in the future to be imported from overseas - from less energy-efficient and more polluting factories."

Alan Davies, architect director of historic environments at BDP, used a local supplier to produce bespoke bricks for the restoration of Murrays' Mills in Manchester. He said: "This is the kind of service we should be encouraging. If this goes ahead we would have to go further afield for the bricks, which is nonsense in terms of sustainability and financially."

Meanwhile, brick manufacturers are holding out on further investment in the UK while the EU makes its decision. Wayne Sheppard, managing director of Ibstock Brick, said: "Ibstock has already invested more than £50 million in energy-efficiency improvements in the UK in the last decade. We had reduced our carbon emissions pre-recession by 18% as a result."
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Story Type : 831

Location : Belgium > Brabant Brussels
Category : BRICKS
ID : 59647
User : 156 ; ; (Administrator)
Date Created : 19 May 2011 12:48:34
Date Modified : 28 May 2011 19:05:33;

LORD ROGERS COMES UNSTUCK OVER STUCCO
Richard Rogers, one of Britain's leading architects, has stopped work on his £12 million town house in London because he failed to get the correct permission for the removal of white stucco which covers the outside of the 150 year old property. He will have to apply for listed building consent retrospectively.
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Location : UK > London West
Category : BRICKS
ID : 54789
User : 156 ; ; (Administrator)
Date Created : 07 Sep 2010 13:20:16
Date Modified : 07 Sep 2010 21:13:57;


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