The 2017 Grenfell and 2014 Lacrosse tower fires resulted in increased scrutiny and regulatory activity over the use of unsafe building materials in Australia. Despite the growing awareness of the dangers of flammable cladding, cheap and inferior building materials continue to be used. This is partly due to the pressure exerted by escalating construction costs. Residential builders are seeking cost effective, high performing and fire resistant construction materials that enable full compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC).

Building safe, fire resistant structures with clay masonry is an essential look at why clay masonry continues to be a viable and effective construction material, especially in today’s regulatory landscape. An overview of the key features of clay masonry is provided, including discussion on recent advancements and the main performance benefits associated with clay brick. The key performance and safety considerations when specifying clay brick are explored. We present a variety of clay brick solutions that enable full compliance with the NCC’s fire resistance requirements while delivering top class performance and maximum design flexibility.

With 60 years of brickmaking experience, PGH Bricks & Pavers is a leading Australian manufacturer of high performance, safety-conscious masonry products. Combining strong technical knowledge with innovative manufacturing techniques, PGH Bricks & Pavers deliver contemporary brick solutions that balance style and functionality while meeting the stringent performance requirements in the NCC relating to fire resistance, safety and structural performance.

Download this whitepaper and discover an efficient path to building high performing, safe and NCC-compliant homes with clay masonry.