Think Brick - Clay Brick and Paver Industry Association
Australia’s brick industry is worth $2.8 billion and employs over 30,000 Australians.
Think Brick Australia represents Australia’s clay brick and paver manufacturers.
Think Brick inspires brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.
Think Brick provides leading research, technical resources and training to ensure clay brick is recognised as a pre-eminent building material by leading architects, developers, builders and property owners.
THINK BRICK AWARDS
Bricks have been produced in Australia since the First Fleet arrived and are intrinsically linked with the great Australian dream of owning a home, hence they call property “bricks and mortar.”
We inspire new thinking in building design and architecture. The annual Think Brick’s Awards encourage architects, designers and builders to rethink brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles as contemporary and sustainable design materials.
We offer many technical resources including technical manuals, case studies, general reference guides and research findings.
We invest in research to ensure brick products and construction lead the sustainability debate. Think Brick partners with the University of Newcastle to undertake Australia’s most extensive research on the thermal performance of building materials to help create more energy efficiency buildings.
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Think Brick Australia conducted a Total Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Australian clay bricks to measure their environmental impact.
A Total LCA was conducted with Energetics in 2008 and is the brick industries’ first and broadest LCA.
Data was collected directly from the brick industry on clay extraction, manufacturing, processes, transportation requirements, construction elements and disposal.
Results show the external wall materials of a house including clay brick, have very little impact on the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by a house – a finding that may be used to regulate the brick industry.
Think Brick Australia runs Brick Cleaning Courses in partnership with TABMA Training. Following industry demand, the course was expanded to also feature Block Cleaning. Brick and block cleaners nationally can achieve industry accreditation by completing this course.
What does the brick cleaning course cover?
The course covers the basics of bricks and blocks, working with contemporary bricks and blocks, planning and preparing a worksite, identifying brick and block stains, prevention of stains, techniques not to damage bricks and blocks, effective cleaning of brick and block stains, clean up and safe storage of equipment and chemicals, and using environmentally friendly cleaning solutions.
Is this course for me?
Anyone engaged in brick manufacturing, bricklaying, brick and block cleaning, construction (residential and commercial) and building supervisory activities will find the national course useful and relevant.
Which brick and block cleaning course is for me?
3 hour course
$385 (incl. GST)
Targeting brick manufacturers, bricklayers, builders and supervisors who want an overview of the brick cleaning process and issues.
2 day course
$850 (GST free)
Targeting brick and block cleaners with industry experience as well as those interested in entering the brick and block cleaning sector
Accredited brick cleaners are listed on Think Brick Australia website
How do I become an accredited brick cleaner?
Provide your National White Card (previously Green/White card) Work Safely in the Construction Industry [CPCCOHS1001A] at the beginning of the course on Day 1 as this is a prerequisite for this course
Pass a basic classroom/workshop component of the course
Pass an onsite assessment conducted by TABMA Training
Think Brick Australia’s Accredited Brick Cleaner Directory
Those who complete a Brick Cleaner accreditation will be listed Think Brick Australia’s website.
How do I maintain my Brick Cleaning Accreditation?
It is a condition of maintaining accreditation that an accredited brick cleaner must:
attend and successfully complete all brick cleaning courses prescribed by TABMA Training from time to time for accredited brick cleaners; and
notify us if and when he or she leaves the employment of, or sells, the relevant brick cleaning business listed on our website and, assuming that he or she continues to work as a brick cleaner, provide us with the details of his or her new employer or brick cleaning business (as the case may be) and his or her new contact details.
Terms and Conditions of Brick Cleaning Accreditation listing
To maintain its listing on our website, a brick cleaning company or business is required at least every two years to:
confirm that it is still providing brick cleaning services;
notify us of its current contact details; and
prove to our satisfaction that it still employs an accredited brick cleaner.
Brick Cleaning Warranties
Builders nationally who use accredited brick cleaners listed on Think Brick Australia’s website will have their brick cleaning work protected by a warranty by the manufacturer of the bricks that were cleaned.