The external playground at the Eagle Creek Spur – a project that was as part of the extension of the Five Ways Mall in Empangeni – has been paved using the Envirobuild range of rubber paving bricks made from recycled truck tyres.
“The selling point was the impact attenuating properties from a safety point of view. EnviroBuild products are perfect for surfacing of playground areas as the severity of a fall is greatly reduced. Our products have been tested and certified to SANS 51176/7* for playground safety,” explained Jaco Snyman, National Sales Manager of Envirobuild, a division of Van Dyck Floors.
He said that the second strong selling point was the fact that EnviroBuild products are made from recycled truck tyres, adding valuable green credits to the development of the 5 Ways Mall.
“For this installation, a total of about 4.1 tonnes of truck tyres were recycled and diverted from going into landfill. This equates to about 350 radial light commercial vehicle (bakkie) tyres or 65 radial truck tyres!” he pointed out.
Van Dyck Floors is KwaZulu-Natal’s first manufacturer of eco-friendly rubber flooring for commercial, industrial and residential use and one of very few to produce rubber flooring in South Africa. The truck tyres that form the basis for this product are recycled in Hammarsdale.
The end product is marketed under the banner of Envirobuild.
Snyman said that Envirobuild offers a wide variety of flooring products, including rubber paving bricks (200mm x 100mm), Dog Bone paving bricks (200mm x 160mm), rubber paving tiles (500mm x 500mm), a twin brick pattern tile (1000mm x 1000mm) and an interlocking tile (1012mm x 1012mm) at the Van Dyck factory in Durban.
Products used for the Empangeni Eagle Creek Spur installation included 100 m² R-35, slate grey for the external playground and 8 m² R-20, also in slate grey. This was used for the ramp extending from the external playground into the internal playground.
He pointed out that rubber paving and flooring is not just suitable for playgrounds but for a wide variety of applications.
Because it absorbs impact and cushions falls, it is ideal for use in schools and retirement facilities. Together with increased grip, this also makes rubber flooring products particularly suitable for use in gyms, dance studios, sporting facilities, around swimming pools and wet areas such as saunas and Jacuzzis.
He added that rubber paving and flooring was also suitable for industry and warehousing as it was able to withstand impacts as well as high footfall and the movement of heavy equipment such as hoists and fork lifts.
As this latest project shows, Envirobuild products are low maintenance and durable and are quick and easy to lay. Because rubber bricks are much lighter than brick or concrete paving and some products come in sheets, they can be laid more quickly and easily with the added bonus of far less breakage. This negates additional outlay to cover damaged materials.
In addition, they are easy to lift and replace should repairs to water pipes or under floor cabling be necessary. Rubber paving is ideal for slopes where there is the risk of moving ground and the need for increased flexibility to mould to the shape of the surface.
Snyman said that the durability of Envirobuild was important as the Spur external playground was currently exposed to the elements.
“Our client is very pleased with the end result. There was heavy rain in the area shortly after the installation and he expected some damage. He was very pleasantly surprised that there was absolutely none!
He added that local company, Zulpave, had completed the installation and had prided itself on the quality of its workmanship.