​Caution is needed when procuring bricks in a difficult environment

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Low brick levels may make finding bricks more difficult, but housebuilders must ensure their bricks are ethically sourced, writes Keith Aldis, of the Brick Development Association

We seem to hear almost daily about more and more material shortages as the UK created by and large by hold-ups at ports, shortages of experienced site labour, high energy costs and lorry drivers. With activity levels at an eight-year high, and stocks at low-levels (285m in United Kingdom factories at the end of 2021 according to ONS – this equates to about two months’ supply at current build rates) what can we all do to ensure that the materials you need are there when you need them?

 Planning and communication is essential to help to ensure that the supply of clay bricks does not impact your construction programme. It will also help minimise confusion and make for a more streamlined procurement process

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