Brick is mankind’s oldest manufactured building product. It’s made from natural clay shale, water, and fire. Its sustainability is unmatched as brick graces some of the world’s oldest standing monuments including the Great Wall of China and the Basilica of Constantine. Virtually all the brick made since our inception is either still in its original use, recycled to other applications or recycled back to the earth which required no special handling. Brick is an inert product with virtually no emissions. The embodied energy used to produce brick (energy used to mine, manufacture, and transport) is less than most common building materials including concrete, glass, steel, aluminum, wood, EIFS, and fiber cement according to the American Institute of Architects and the National Brick Research Center.