Planting Trees at the Cast Iron Air Brick Company, England

Shipping to USA & Caring for the Environment

The environment is never far from peoples thoughts when thinking about building and construction. Not just the production of the building materials but also the distance they are shipped to get them to the construction site. Here at the Cast iron Air Brick Company, we send our vents and drains all over the world including Borneo, New Zealand and right across Europe and the USA so we’re well aware of the distances our goods have to fly. To compensate for the amount of CO2 and the fuel we use with all this travelling we’ve planted our very own wood , 350 trees in total. We already have 12 acres of woods surrounding our workshop so we’re already absorbing tons of CO2 more than our production and shipping produce. We also source and produce all our products here in the UK so we hardly generate any pollution getting them to our worksops .

Fact, each tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per year which means our newly planted wood will eventually absorb 16,800 pounds per year and we already have 12 acres with approx 300 trees per acre which means we’re absorbing over 175,000 pounds per year CO2 !

This is great news for the environment and even better news for our customers, no matter were in the world they live, as they know we’ve taken care of our CO2 emissions .

We’re doing even more for the environment, with some exciting recycling initiatives – come back later to read more, here on the blog page


Latest order from Massachusetts

This week we had an order from a company in Pembroke, Massachusetts, there’s nothing unusual about that you might say, last week from Boonville, Indiana and Lyons, Illinois and Lovettsville, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia again nothing unusual but to us it is. After years of selling our vents in USA, almost exclusively to NYC, we’re delighted to find our cast iron vents and drainage grilles are finding their way out of New York City and across America.

Channel Grating

New Channel Grating

After years of research and hundreds of requests from architects and period property developers, we’re delighted to introduce our latest innovation – an elegant and simply stunning cast iron channel grille combined with a modern interlocking channel system.

The Quatrefoil linear drainage channel, also known as channel gratings or French drainage channels are specifically suitable for removing surface water in domestic period properties and pedestrian areas in conservation areas. The system can be installed for light vehicular use on driveways, patios and paths with block and flag stone paving or tarmac or concrete.

The Quatrefoil grilles are 108mm wide and 10mm thick and are available in a variety of lengths up to 1000mm long with a choice of bare metal or painted black finish. For those wishing to create their own channel or use an existing channel or indeed use the Quatrefoil grille as a vent or internal floor grille they are available with or without the plastic channel.

Quatrefoil grilles purchased with the channel will be supplied fully assembled with screws.

It is no accident that we chose the Quatrefoil design for our grille. We wanted our grille to appeal to conservationists and period property restorers alike and to enhance walkways and driveways in the simplest home or grandest mansion. For such a grille, we needed a design with class, history and elegance and the Quatrefoil has all three in abundance. The design can still be seen today in windows of Norman churches in England and throughout many Gothic London properties. Although used predominantly in churches, it’s earliest use can be traced back 1000 years to an English penny from the London mint. The design is used extensively throughout Europe featuring most notably in Notre Dame, cathedral in Paris and also in Renaissance buildings in Venice, Milan and Florence and is sure to look good in the grounds and along the paving of homes in the 21st century.

A standard length is 1 metre long (1000mm) although it is possible to have shorter lengths to allow the channel to fit almost any situation. Shorter lengths available are 155mm, 300mm, 440mm, 580mm, 720mm and 855mm. Whilst the 1 metre long version has four screw holes ( a pair at each end as per photo), all shortened versions of the Quatrefoil grille are supplied with only two holes at one end.

More details on the Quatrefoil Channel Grating

Please Note:-

Estimated delivery time 2-3 weeks bare metal, 3-4 weeks painted