The VÖZ is the nationwide, voluntary representation of the interests of industrial brick producers. Brick is one of the oldest and most proven building materials. All in all, it has a unique combination of favourable properties. Brick houses have captivated people for their outstanding qualities in the built environment and their comfortable living climate for thousands of years and form an essential part of the cultural heritage in Austria, in Europe, but also in other parts of the world. The brick and tile industry still play a central role in Europe's building industry today, especially in residential construction. There are four elements that give life to brick: clay, water, air, and fire. Whether it is bricks with an optimised arrangement of hole geometries, bricks with an innovative integration of mineral insulation or clinker bricks with infinitely different possibilities of surfaces and mortar joints - it is always the natural domestic clay or clay or clayey masses that serve as basic materials. By adding water, the basic material becomes malleable, and the raw material is dried with warm air. Finally, the power of the fire transforms the clay into a ceramic material and consolidates the unique properties of brick as a building material.