METROBRICK® & the Environment

METROBRICK® strikes a balance between performance, environmental advantages and budget.

Sustainable Design

METROBRICK® is 20% the size of full brick

When a brick finish is desired, there are many environmental advantages in constructing an exterior wall that includes METROBRICK Thin Brick. At 5/8″ thick, METROBRICK is 20% the size of a full brick. That means significant energy savings when manufactured and shipped. There are also substantial savings in raw materials when mined.

METROBRICK Thin Brick is manufactured thin – waste in manufacturing is significantly reduced. Unfired and fired scrap is re-processed back into the manufacturing process. All METROBRICK colors contain a minimum of 23% pre-consumer recycled content.

At the construction site, using METROBRICK Thin Brick means less site disturbance when compared to using full brick. A wall system using METROBRICK can also enlarge the building’s floor area and decrease the number of trade contractors. There is also less waste left behind when installing thin brick. A METROBRICK® wall reduces the number of products used and expedites the overall project schedule.

When combined with panel insulation, a METROBRICK wall will increase a project’s R-value – one of many ways METROBRICK Thin Brick can improve a building’s green footprint and help a building attain LEED Certification. All METROBRICK Thin Brick products are third-party certified for multi-attribute sustainability. METROBRICK products also have documentation for a Health Product Declaration and an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration. METROBRICK has created a Sustainability Product Report that provides all environmental information as a PDF.

Continuous Insulation
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Environmental Advantages

An exterior wall system’s actual performance is critical to a building’s life cycle cost and overall performance. Environmental awareness has forced the design and construction profession to re-evaluate how we use our material resources and has redefined our performance expectations. A thin brick wall system provides a balance between desired performance, environmental advantages and the owner’s budget.

Wall Systems

Precast Construction
Tilt-Up Construction
Field Applied Mortar Set Method
Field Applied Panel Systems

Thin Brick VS Full Brick

The surface and edges of the brick face provide the aesthetic value of a brick wall. Why build an entire full brick cavity wall when a kiln-fired thin brick wall meets the same aesthetic requirements? Building an exterior wall system that includes thin brick provides many environmental advantages over a full brick cavity wall.

Raw Materials
Natural Gas
Fewer Trucks
On The Road
More Room
for Insulation


Because METROBRICK® absorptions are much less than full bed brick, spalling and efflorescence are reduced or eliminated. The building facade can basically last forever.

With the thin brick attached to the wall system, minor repairs require only the removal of the affected bricks. Full bed brick building repairs are much more costly and difficult.

Our Manufacturing Process

Recycled Waste Clay
All unfired waste clay is reground into our finished products.
Heat Source
The heat from our kilns is also a heat source for our dryers.

We use the most energy-efficient production equipment available.
Fired Scrap
Our fired scrap is reused in roadbeds, or reground & reused into our finished products.
Recycled Refractory
The refractory used when firing our thin brick is returned to the manufacturer to be recycled.
Shipping Cartons
All shipping cartons contain recycled material and are recyclable.
Recycled Content
METROBRICK® colors contain a minimum of 23% pre-consumer recycled content.
Precast Construction
Less Site Disturbance

Less Site Disturbance

  • The weight of METROBRICK® is engineered in the wall system. Full bed brick requires additional foundation for its support, requiring extra steel and concrete.
  • Post-installation clean-up for thin brick is significantly less than full bed brick. When using thin brick, little or no cleaning agents are required at the job site.
  • When thin brick is used in precast concrete or tilt-up construction, scaffolding is not needed.
  • Panels can be erected from either outside or within the structure’s perimeter, thus allowing more existing trees to remain.
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