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Brick Options Rise with Housing Upswing

September 19, 2012

RESTON, Va., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As the U.S. housing market reports a cautious rebound, genuine clay brick manufacturers continue to invest in progressive technology for sustainable exteriors in more textures and colors at a wider price range. Historically a provider of steady jobs, brick manufacturers continue to increase environmental efficiency with environmentally-friendly plants to offer Made-in-America quality–and endless green building design options.

“Brick is where the imagination meets green living,” said Gregg Borchelt, president and CEO of the Brick Industry Association (BIA). “There is no substitute for American-made genuine clay brick exteriors — unlike synthetic building materials that are fabricated to look like something they’re not,” he said.

Over the course of 100 years, the American brick industry has provided good-paying jobs with employees working 15, 20 or even 30-plus years — often in small and rural communities where the plants are based. Like farm to table, genuine clay brick is made from local resources at least two brick plants are located within 500 miles of 49 of the country’s top 50 metropolitan areas.

Leading examples include:

While some other exterior options may cost less initially, genuine clay brick offers a superior value through benefits including low- to no maintenance, superior durability, enduring beauty, superior moisture control, design flexibility with many color choices, patterns, textures and custom blends. Genuine clay brick is also free of volatile organic compounds with virtually no waste and is inherently fire resistant.

Visit: http://www.gobrick.com/Homeowners/tabid/7865/Default.aspx

Founded in 1934, BIA is the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction.
Web site: www.gobrick.com/ 703-620-0010.

SOURCE Brick Industry Association

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