In The Photos – Fossil Trace Golf Club is located in Golden, Colorado and is one of Colorado’s premier public golf courses. Jim Engh, a renowned golf course architect, constructed the course with the original landscape in mind, a large reclaimed clay mine from Lakewood Brick & Tile Co. Large outcropping of rock and some of the original mining equipment are still on the course today. This is a great example of how innovative ideas come from the clay mine reclamation process and how it can have a positive impact on the surrounding environment.

Our Commitment

Summit Brick Company is committed to sustainability and the preservation of our environment. We are proud members of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Summit Brick Company conducts all of our operations with the goal of eliminating adverse environmental impacts. We work in coordination with the communities that we operate to make sure we are good stewards of the environment and meet or exceed all legislation, regulations, standards and codes that are in place. Summit Brick also makes a point to do business with other contractors and suppliers that have our same commitment to the environment and values. Our goal is to make the world a better place for future generations and we conduct our business with that in mind.

Masonry Products...Excellence in Sustainable Designs and the Environment

Communities, architects and owners are requiring sustainable design as the world moves toward a “green” environment. With sustainability in mind, buildings are being constructed to have a small carbon footprint and lessen the impact on the environment. Masonry is expected to have a very long life expectancy (100 years +) and being a durable building material, you can expect to have little or no maintenance. Clay is an abundant natural resource that can be found all over the world and can be easily recycled. Almost all of today’s masonry contains recycled content and offers many sustainable attributes with include efficient mining and manufacturing, acoustical and fire resistance, low maintenance, durability and energy efficiency.

If you would like more information on how we can assist you in designing your LEED project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. To download Western States Clay Products Association’s brochure on sustainable design, please click on this link for access to the PDF file.


How to earn LEED points with masonry

  • Clay masonry can make a significant contribution toward earning LEED points on a project. While no one product or material alone can earn LEED credit points*, clay masonry can be used as part of a strategy to earn points in 15 credit categories.

Sustainable Sites

  • Credit 2 – Development density – masonry used for urban in fill development.
  • Credit 5.2 – Reduced site disturbance – masonry used to minimize the footprint of the development.
  • Credits 6.1 and 6.2 – Storm water management – permeable pavements used to reduce the rate and quantity, and improve treatment of, runoff.
  • Credit 7.1 – Non-roof Heat Island – pavers with a Solar Reflectance Index of 29 or higher help reduce the heat island effect.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Prerequisite 2 – Minimum energy performance – masonry can mitigate temperature swings and help achieve the required energy performance.
  • Credit 1 – Optimize energy performance – clay masonry can be used as part of a passive solar design to further reduce the amount of energy consumed by the building.

Innovation & Design

  • Up to 4 points: Clay masonry can help earn points for good acoustics; use of durable materials; good indoor environmental quality (no-VOC; no mold); resource efficiency (using one material to achieve multiple goals) *Certified wood is the only product that can earn 1 point through its use under Materials & Resource Credit.

Materials & Resources

  • Credits 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 – Building reuse – clay masonry buildings are good candidates for reuse .
  • Credits 2.1 and 2.2 – Construction waste management – capitalizing on the modular nature of clay masonry can nearly eliminate waste; scrap materials can be crushed and used as landscape chips.
  • Credits 3.1 and 3.2 – Resource reuse – salvaged brick can be reused with careful consideration.
  • Credits 4.1 and 4.2 – Recycled content – clay masonry may incorporate recycled materials as colorants, grog or aggregate; clay masonry is inert so recycled materials are safely encapsulated.
  • Credits 5.1 and 5.2 – Local/regional materials – clay masonry is locally produced and raw materials are mined locally.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Credit 4 – Low-emitting materials – clay masonry meets the intent of eliminating VOC’s from the indoor environment when exposed as interior walls or floors.