If it's on the ES, isn't 0.5 just 1/2 a point aka 2 ticks or 2 Renko.
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its just the ticks up and down the price has to move to build the brick, as @Big Mike says depending of the contract the bricks can be sized differently. Or otherwise depending on how muc of the price action you want to smooth out. In practice its just a subjective setting.