Sustainability Principles

At Brampton Brick, we have four sustainability principles that guide us when we make decisions that support our customers, community, the environment or our employees.

  • For our Customers: Develop products with low impact and long service life
  • To the Community: Be a responsible neighbor through regulatory compliance and transparency
  • For the Environment: Use recycled materials and renewable resources while reducing waste
  • To our Employees: Educate and empower people to find new opportunities for improvement

All Brampton Brick Masonry and Oaks Landscape Products are manufactured from locally sourced, natural materials that are durable and long-lasting. Not only do clay brick, concrete masonry, stone and concrete landscape products have a long life span; they’re also non-toxic and can be recycled and repurposed when they’re no longer beautifying our buildings and landscapes. Sustainability is simply inherent when producing high quality products using clay and concrete as the primary ingredients. This is part of our commitment to the environment, but we don’t just stop there:

Our concrete products contain recycled content, displacing traditional Portland cement where possible. We are also constantly improving our production facilities to reduce waste, improve performance and incorporate new technologies that deliver positive environmental impacts. One example is our partnership with CarbonCure® whose proprietary processes allows us to capture harmful CO2 released during the production of Portland Cement and integrate it within our Concrete Masonry Products; which ultimately reduces the net carbon footprint of the product.

Environmental Benefits

  • Concrete is long lasting which delays the need for replacement products and the associated energy requirements.
  • Our concrete products contain recycled content, displacing traditional Portland cement where possible. This recycled content is in the form of supplementary cementitious materials, such as fly ash or slag; which are waste by-products of coal energy (fly ash) and steel refineries (slag). This practice reduces the amount of waste going to landfills, and displaces some of Portland cement required in the mix, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Made from locally sourced, natural materials - primarily stone and sand extracted within 100 miles of our facilities - our products are non-toxic and safe for the environment
  • Oaks permeable pavers (Enviro Midori, Hydr’eau Pave, Enviro Passagio, Turf Slab) are part of an EPA-recommended best management practice that meets low impact development and smart growth criteria. Permeable pavers reduce both storm water runoff rates and quantities, and promote recharge the ground water… just as nature intended
  • Masonry and Landscape products can be reinstated if repairs need to be done to the installation itself or to site services located below the installation. For example, with underground utility repairs, simply pull up the pavers, set them aside, complete the repairs, and reinstall the same pavers. This reduces waste and the cost of repairs.
  • Once a concrete or clay product reaches the end of its service life, which in most cases exceeds 100 years, it can be fully recycled.

Oaks Landscape Products are eligible for USGBC and CaGBC LEED credits for sustainable sites, materials and resources, regional materials and innovation & design and for CaGBC LEED durable building credits.

Brampton Brick can help you “go green” and maximize the number of LEED credits you wish to achieve by developing a product around your design.

We can work with you to determine what level of certification you wish to achieve and how to help get you there. Talk with your local Brampton Brick Sales Representative to learn how. BramptonBrick.com/commercial/LEED

 

Sustainability Plans and Initiatives

 

Norval Quarry

Project Description:

Brampton Brick Limited has applied for a Licence for a 34.9 ha quarry in the City of Brampton. The application, included in Appendix 1, is for a Category 2 - Class A Quarry Below Water. The site is designated Shale Resources in the Brampton Official Plan. The Company filed a complete "Application For Zoning By-Law Amendment" in December 2008. Applications for a Licence under the Aggregate Resources Act are required to conform to the Ontario Provincial Standards, 1997. The Provincial Standards for a Category 2 licence application are also included in Appendix 1. Complete Licence applications are required to include, as a minimum, a Summary Statement, set out on pages 1 to 3 and several prescribed reports.

 
 

The 34.9 ha (86 ac) site is designated Protected Countryside in the Greenbelt Plan, 2005, with a Natural Heritage System overlay. New quarries are permitted. The site was identified in the City’s study of the Norval shale deposit. It is designated High Priority Mineral Aggregate Resource Area in the Region of Peel Official Plan and Shale Resources in the Brampton Plan. No amendment is required. The proposed excavation area is well separated from nearby non-farm residential development. Winston Churchill Boulevard is designated a major regional arterial. Brampton Brick Limited filed a complete application for rezoning with the City of Brampton in December 2008.

The Norval shale deposit has long been recognized for its quality and aerial extent. It is one of the largest Queenston Formation sources in Ontario. Cores recovered from drilling, to an average depth of 27 m, were logged and analyzed by ceramics engineering experts. The Norval shale is of high quality and it will complement the Company’s Cheltenham resource. The proposed excavation area is 9.35 ha, about 27% of the site. It is expected that this quarry will yield approximately 5.8 million tonnes of Queenston shale.

At the proposed 200,000 to/year production, the quarry is expected to generate about 30 truck loads/day. It is proposed that the existing Winston Churchill Boulevard entrance will be upgraded during reconstruction. The reconstruction by the Regions of Peel and Halton is expected during 2013, in accordance with the September 2005 report on the Class Environmental Assessment. When reconstructed to truck route standards, shale can be routed north to Mayfield Road, then east to Highway 10 and the existing shale truck route to the Brampton Brick plant.

The following studies have been completed as part of the application:

  • Water Resources including Groundwater, Surface Water and Gemomorphology
  • Natural Environment including Terrestrial and Aquatic
  • Socio-economic Impact Studies
  • Soil
  • Site Plan Development
  • Planning
  • Air Quality
  • Visual Impact Studies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Acoustic Assessment
  • Traffic
  • Adaptive Management

 

For information on the latest studies, please contact Norval@bramptonbrick.com.
 
 
Environmental Management System Outline

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To learn about our CarbonCure® Technology

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Toxic Reductions Plan Summaries (Markham)

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