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Ceramic is a stone-like material that is made from clay. The clay is worked, shaped, dried, and baked. Ceramic is therefore the collective name for all objects that one can make from baked clay. Here, a distinction is made between construction ceramics, earthenware, porcelain, and technical and refractory ceramics. Ceramics are especially popular in sustainable construction because they have a lifespan of more than a century.

Ceramic examples and applications

Ceramic is strong, versatile, durable, colourfast, dimensionally stable, and aesthetic. Ceramics can therefore be used for both construction products and consumer goods. Sustainability is central to the industrial process. The resources are used economically,  the energy is used efficiently, the environmental performance is good, and the quality is excellent.

Well-known ceramic examples for construction are paving brick, masonry brick, interior wall brick, roof tiles, ceramic wall tiles, and floor tiles. Less well-known ceramic examples are ceramic sanitary ware and vitrified clay pipes. More and more people are opting for ceramic facade cladding because of its unique appearance and insulating effect. Ceramic is very strong, durable, and available in different colours or appearances.

Why is ceramics sustainable?

Ceramic building materials have a lifespan of more than a century, without maintenance. This makes the use of raw materials efficient in all life cycle phases. Ceramic can withstand harsh weather conditions and chemical loads. That is why ceramic building materials are a common sustainable choice in the construction industry.

Excellent durability is guaranteed with ceramics because it does not discolour, is free from harmful substances, can withstand various weather influences, and retains its shape. The insulating capacities of ceramics also contribute to durability, because no heat or cold escapes.

Does this material appeal to you or have you gained inspiration for your own sustainable architecture project? We cordially invite you to come by to discuss your ideas with us. Please feel free to contact us.