Although "sustainability" is a fairly new term, the basic concept has been part of Acme Brick Company since its founding.
Since 1891, we have built and operated our brick plants close to population centers. Today our network is 26 plants strong - and meets LEED's "local production" criterion of 500 miles' distance for nearly all of the central and southeastern United States
Acme people work hard to be good stewards of the environment. Our brick are made from quality earth clays and fired with clean natural gas in highly efficient, computer-controlled kilns. Two Alabama plants use methane from landfills.
We also recycle material such as scrap clay and sawdust, incorporating them into the body of our brick. These efforts keep waste out of landfills and may help boost LEED scores.
Our stewardship continues even after production ends. Through our industry-recognized reclamation programs, we have planted hundreds of thousands of trees at inactive production sites and created wetlands that offer attractive habitat for wildlife.
Modern brickmaking is energy efficient to begin with, but through aggressive energy management, Acme has cut the amount of gas required to fire an Acme Brick by 17.4 percent since 2003. We also fine-tune delivery routes to reduce "empty" miles traveled and cut overall fuel consumption.
Being smarter about energy is key to keeping Acme Brick affordable for homebuyers.
Building an energy-efficient home begins with insulation and continues with a tight envelope. An Acme Brick exterior completes the equation.
The mass of a brick wall slows the transfer of heat through the wall. The resultant thermal lag means lower peak loads on air conditioning, not to mention greater interior comfort.
As green-building standards evolve, "Life Cycle Assessment" (LCA) is expected to assume a greater role. LCA is where Acme Brick show their true colors. With minimal care, they maintain their beauty and integrity for decades - a claim backed with the industry's first 100 Year Limited Guarantee for Homebuyers.
For more information on Acme Brick's sustainability story, talk to an Acme representative.