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Boral Bricks Announces Cradle to Cradle Certification for Bricks

Bricks produced in Salisbury, N.C. are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM - Silver


Clay facing bricks produced in Salisbury, N.C. was Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM - Silver.

Clay facing bricks produced in Salisbury, N.C. was Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM - Silver.
Boral Bricks, Inc., the nation's largest brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, announced that its clay facing bricks produced in Salisbury, N.C. was Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM - Silver.

Boral Bricks, an Australian based company with U.S. headquarters outside of Atlanta, has become a leader in sustainable manufacturing in the building products industry.

"We like to say brick is the original green building material and certifications like Cradle to Cradle help back that statement up," said Bob Kepford, president of Boral Bricks. "This landmark certification adds credibility to the important work we're doing to ensure our brick products are sustainable and have a positive impact on society, economics and the environment."

The bricks achieved Cradle to Cradle Certification after an audit of all the materials used in their formulation down to 100 parts per million, and the processes used to manufacture them. The certification awarded by MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) is a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product's safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. Unlike single-attribute eco-labels, the Cradle to Cradle Certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the sustainability of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product. The materials and manufacturing practices of each product are assessed in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility.

"MBDC applauds Boral Bricks for its commitment to designing safe products that can be recycled continuously and are manufactured using sustainable practices," said Jay Bolus, vice president, technical operations for MBDC. "We look forward to continuing to work with the company to help it create a positive impact as an organization."

Building projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council can use Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products to earn points for Environmentally Preferable Products in the LEED for Homes rating system or in the "Innovation in Design" category in all rating systems.

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Boral USA is the largest clay brick and paver manufacturer in the United States. For additional information, please visit or call 800-5-BORAL-5.


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