Glen-Gery ushers Australia’s Brickworks into North America

Sources: Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.; CP staff

A major player in U.S. brick production and distribution is set to change hands by year’s end as its parent company focuses on core United Kingdom markets. Ibstock plc of Leicestershire, England, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corp. to Brickworks Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, for $110 million.

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Brick stacks up well against veneer stone, fiber cement in home exterior study

The Brick Industry Association has examined seven common home exterior products, finding that fired-clay brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone, and just a third more than fiber cement siding before considering lifetime maintenance costs. An updated BIA study, developed by RSMeans, compares the installed cost of total house construction for brick veneer over wood framing with the cost of adhered manufactured stone, stucco, wood shingle, plus vinyl, fiber cement or horizontal wood siding alternatives.

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Masonry, veneer stone, Martha Stewart meet in Builders’ Show concept home

Sources: KB Home, Los Angeles; Builder Magazine, Washington, D.C.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

Concrete block supports the energy-wise “KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart,” timed with the 2011 International Builders’ Show, January 12-15, in Orlando, Fla. The 2,700-sq.-ft., single-level home features weatherized and insulated concrete masonry walls, plus fiber-cement siding, precast veneer stone, solar panel-bearing roof tile, and pavers from James Hardie Building Products, StoneCraft Industries, MonierLifetile and Boral Bricks.

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