The safety and robustness of brick remains the key to its enduring appeal, particularly for residential purposes.
While production methods may have changed, the capability of brick to offer reliable protection from the elements over a prolonged period has helped it retain its popularity in the building trade. ‘The main benefit of building in brickwork is longevity,’ explains Dr Ali Arasteh, Principal Structural Engineer at The Brick Development Association. ‘There is no other construction material that offers such long-lasting performance with minimal maintenance and ongoing costs.’
Contemporary architects seeking to create interesting and unfamiliar forms using brick often find it useful to combine it with modern materials such as glass or clean plastered surfaces that offer a contrast.
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