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Selecting bricks for external face brickwork applications

Exposure zone and durability

The durability of a material is assessed by its ability to withstand the effects of weathering agents. These include moisture, soluble salts and extremes of heat and cold. The degree to which weathering affects a building depends upon its geographic location, microclimatic conditions with reference to the building's height and the actual position of the material on the building.

The building's exposure zone

Here’s our guide for what type of brick to use, when building in Southern Africa:

Southern Africa can be divided into four exposure zones, which are defined in SABS 0164 Part 2.

Zone 1 - Protected
All areas 30km or more inland from the coast.

Zone 2 - Moderate
The coastal belt extending up to 30km from the coastline, but excluding the spray zone.

Zone 3 - Severe

  1. Sea spray zone. This includes areas at sea level on the east and north seaward sides of the Durban Bluff and other similarly exposed coastal headland areas.
  2. The 15km coastal zone which extends from Mtunzini to the Mozambique border. This includes Richards Bay and St Lucia.
  3. The coastal belt of Namibia.

Zone 4 - Extremely Severe

  1. Area such as Walvis Bay, where the moisture from sea mist and high ground water tables, high soluble sulphates in the soil, and / or rapid temperature changes, combine to create the most severe exposure and weathering conditions in Southern Africa.
  2. Industrial areas where high acid and or alkali discharges occur.

SABS Brick Classification

Plaster Brick

  • NFP - Non-Facing Plastered
    Clay bricks suitable for general building work that is to be plastered.
  • NFX - Non-Facing Extra
    Clay bricks suitable for use, plastered or unplastered, for general building work where durability rather than aesthetics is the key selection criteria: below damp-proof course or under damp conditions or below ground level.

Face Brick

  • FBX - Face Brick Extra
    Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and high degree of uniformity of size, shape and colour.
  • FBS - Face Brick Standard
    Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and uniformity of size and shape.
  • FBA - Face Brick Aesthetic
    Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and aesthetic effect deriving from non-uniformity of size, shape or colour

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