Building with Recycled Bricks

By: Candace Riley Email
By: Candace Riley Email

The Tallahassee area is going green with a new an improved way to build one local restaurant.

A new brick product has been developed an is being used on the construction of the second Another Broken Egg Cafe.

These green paver bricks are made from fly ash that remains after coal is used to generate electricity.

They are low energy and low-CO2 bricks that function like conventional bricks but are a part of the new age, sustainable green building practices.

The company CalStar Product, Inc manufactures the bricks.

CEO Tom Pounds say, "We've designed these bricks to perform exactly like traditional clay bricks. They really lay out and perform and handle just like traditional products. Same weight same look and feel, all the same handling characteristics you'd expect out of a traditional clay brick."

The green bricks are made available in eight different colors.


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  • by James Location: Mobile on Jul 23, 2010 at 04:40 AM
    Brad, I see the clay brick industry is out in full flow again. You don't see a single FAB story without some good old fashioned scaremongering. I wonder how many grams of copper my copper pipes have. I wonder how much water they could poison. What about my lead roof?
  • by Brad Location: PA on Jul 17, 2010 at 09:33 PM
    Calstar's fly ash bricks are loaded with toxic metals. Calstar uses fly ash from the Oak Creek power plant - EPA’s data on the toxic metals emitted by the Oak Creek power plant shows that Oak Creek produces about 114,000 short tons of fly ash annually, and this fly ash contains: Arsenic: 6,657 pounds Barium: 214,501 pounds Chromium: 18,000 pounds Copper: 20,000 pounds Lead: 4,600 pounds Manganese: 13,000 pounds Nickel: 9,000 pounds Thallium: 10,000 pounds Vanadium: 4,750 pounds Zinc: 6,900 pounds A single fly ash brick (standard size, residential, 5 lbs) contains over 3 grams of toxic metals - enough to poison over 13,000 gallons of water.
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