CalStar’s brick products, including its specialty line, can significantly reduce a project’s environmental impact, the company says. For example, CalStar says that for a 100,000-brick project, specifying CalStar brick can:
Divert more than 85 tons of landfill waste
Avoid 210 tons of new raw material mining
Reduce CO2 emissions by more than 80,000 lbs (40 tons)
Save 500 million BTU of energy
The difference between these bricks and others is CalStar’s manufacturing process. These composite bricks are produced using less than 20 percent of the energy required to make clay brick. The specialty brick, including the Ambassador (3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 15 5/8), Norman (3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 11 5/8), and Roman (3 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 11 5/8) all are available in CalStar’s premium smooth finish in sizes that not all clay manufacturers can produce, the company says. The Ambassador also comes in a split face finish. CalStar reports that many architects like the modern look these sizes are able to achieve.