The advantages of building green by utilizing natural, renewable, and reclaimed materials are numerous. When you choose to build green with antique brick, not only are you using a piece of history, but you are using an item that today uses no chemicals, has no environmental waste, doesn’t use any natural resources, and doesn’t require digging of valuable soil. Bricks also do not contain any ozone depleting substances and can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by cutting energy and resource consumption.
Pursuant to a building being razed, most of its components are crushed and intended for the landfill. By building green and repurposing these extraordinary materials reduces waste and is environmentally responsible.
Following the great Chicago fire of 1871, which destroyed over three miles of the city, reconstruction efforts began promptly and efficiently.
Architects and city leaders laid the foundation for the “great rebuilding” and regulations required new construction to be manufactured primarily of brick or stone. At Stockyards Brick, many of our vintage brick have been extracted from that rebirth. We also reclaim brick from other major Midwestern cities. The antique kilns used in the manufacture of these old brick, combined with the diversity of clay deposits found in the earth years ago, allowed for the spectacular variation of color and texture in these historic building materials.
From antique brick and street pavers, reclaimed lumber and timbers, to reclaimed architectural treasures, all of these items, once destined for the landfill are resurrected by us and given new life, fulfilling a commitment to the planet and gifting homeowners, designers and builders with extraordinary materials. We at Stockyards Brick have made this our mission…it’s the natural thing to do!
As part of a green initiative, Stockyards Brick proudly offers environmentally sustainable products. In fact, our entire company is founded on the idea of sustainable living, since our bricks are reclaimed from old structures, leading to LEED certification of the buildings we work with. Since we salvage our materials from old buildings, the bricks are more durable and efficient than bricks made today, making them extremely energy-efficient.
The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for green building. Stockyards Brick is proud to support the United States Green Building Council by providing a wide selection of products that comply with LEED guidelines and contribute to LEED certification.