South Africa’s first vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK), which boasts material energy savings, is being constructed at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks, just outside Jeffreys Bay.

The kiln will be complete and commissioned in August this year.

An image of the new kiln.

The open source technology kiln, which was originally used in Asia, is an environment friendly project that reportedly satisfies all the criteria of sustainable development and complies with government’s call for a 33 % reduction in South Africa’s carbon footprint by 2020.

All brickmakers in South Africa use some form of fossil fuel and account for 1,5 % of South Africa’s coal consumption.

Langkloof Bricks executive director Nico Blake says that clay bricks are the best walling material option for the lowest life cycle energy costing of any building material for the South African climate.

“The new technology will allow us to continue making high quality clay bricks through green technology,” he says.

Read more about the kiln here

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