Brick, wood and stone are seen as the most sustainable facade materials07/07/2014
European Architectural Barometer
Every three months a survey is being carried out by Arch-Vision, interviewing 1600 architects from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. The theme of the international study, the European Architectural Barometer, at the end of 2013 was 'sustainability'. When architects are asked about the most and least sustainable facing brick materials or products, there are generally 3 materials that emerge as the most durable: bricks, wood and stone.
Sustainable image is important
The study shows that architects virtually never doubt the durability of brick. Especially in Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, brick is strongly associated with a sustainable image. The same cannot be said of wood: in France, the Netherlands and Belgium architects do not seem to have unequivocal views on this. In these countries wood is seen as both the most and least sustainable material.
In a sector where the importance of sustainability is continuously increasing, the image of a product is hugely important. Most of all there, where more than two-thirds of the architects are playing a pioneering role, when it comes to sustainability and sustainable products. The longer a product is seen as the least sustainable, the longer it takes to improve its image.