Building systems & materials

keyboard_arrow_upSE Controls keeps shoppers safe at the new Matlosana Mall in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downSE Controls keeps shoppers safe at the new Matlosana Mall in South Africa

The smoke ventilation system at Matlosana Mall, shopping and entertainment centre in Klerksdorp, is using SE Controls’ window automation and control panel solutions to ensure it operates perfectly in the event of a fire, allowing smoke-free escape routes to be maintained for shoppers and staff.

keyboard_arrow_upSE Controls keeps shoppers safe at Johannesburg’s new Mall of the South
keyboard_arrow_downSE Controls keeps shoppers safe at Johannesburg’s new Mall of the South

The smoke ventilation system at Johannesburg’s recently opened Mall of the South shopping centre is using SE Controls’ window automation, vents and control panel solutions to ensure it operates perfectly in the event of a fire, allowing smoke-free escape routes to be maintained for shoppers and staff.

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrating 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrating 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!

The year 2019 marks our 40th anniversary of being engaged in the earth retaining and erosion control industry. Initially, as a supplier and installer of wire mesh gabions, we soon switched to the more sustainable concrete block method of our own design. It was a good choice, and with only one competitor from Europe in […]

keyboard_arrow_upNorthgate Heights chooses quality – uPVC windows and doors
keyboard_arrow_downNorthgate Heights chooses quality – uPVC windows and doors

Northgate Heights chooses quality – uPVC windows and doors tick all the boxes for 295 apartments Northgate Heights is ideally situated in the north of Johannesburg. Catering for young professionals that require a comfortable lifestyle, the apartments range from single bedroom to family-sized 3-bedroom apartments. For the developers of Northgate Heights, Key Projects (Pty) Ltd […]

keyboard_arrow_upVoltex’s Smart Metering System powers up customers
keyboard_arrow_downVoltex’s Smart Metering System powers up customers

Property portfolio managers and tenants are facing punishing escalations in water and electricity tariffs. Consequently, making every cent count has never been more important, nor has the need to ensure that billing is accurate and that the collection of monies is efficient. Invirotel, a specialist division of the Proudly Bidvest group’s Voltex, have put the […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew from Weidmuller: an end-to-end energy condition monitoring solution
keyboard_arrow_downNew from Weidmuller: an end-to-end energy condition monitoring solution

Weidmuller introduces a new portfolio of selected energy monitoring components for energy consumption measurement, monitoring and integrated quality analysis of electrical supply networks. Designed for production facilities both large and small. Weidmuller’s modular and scalable solution provides energy monitoring at all levels from the grid connection to production lines and machines, down to the individual […]

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech provides reinforcement for CRB wall
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech provides reinforcement for CRB wall

During bulk earthworks and construction of the Amberfield Switching Station in Centurion, Gauteng, Kaytech‘s reinforcement and drainage products were specified for the construction of a CRB (Concrete Retaining Block) wall. A switching station is a substation without transformers and operates at a single voltage level. It may be used as a collector or distribution station […]

keyboard_arrow_upTertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering
keyboard_arrow_downTertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, has noted a decline in familiarity with timber as a building material among graduates of local tertiary level engineering programmes, which has serious implications for the timber industry. As such, the Institute urges training providers in this field […]

keyboard_arrow_upComposite insulating system offers flexibility in building applications
keyboard_arrow_downComposite insulating system offers flexibility in building applications

Isowall is a versatile, economical, aesthetic and weatherproof composite insulating system suitable for external wall and roof structures, or where precise controlled temperature conditions are required, for example in cold rooms and freezer stores. The Isowall structural panel consists of a core of thermally efficient insulation material sandwiched between two outer pre-stressed skins and bonded […]

keyboard_arrow_upTAL Laboratory awarded ISO 17025 accreditation
keyboard_arrow_downTAL Laboratory awarded ISO 17025 accreditation

TAL is a manufacturer of innovative tile installation materials to the South African market. The TAL laboratory is the first in Africa to gain ISO 17025 accreditation for 1348:2007 testing (tensile strength of cementitious tile adhesives). Whilst similar to the ISO 9001 standard, ISO 17025 also speaks to technical competence.

keyboard_arrow_upITC-SA to host CPD-accredited timber conference at Interbuild Africa
keyboard_arrow_downITC-SA to host CPD-accredited timber conference at Interbuild Africa

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body and watchdog for the timber construction industry in South Africa, will be hosting a CPD-accredited timber construction conference on the 16th of August at Expo Centre Nasrec as part of the upcoming Interbuild Africa 2018.

keyboard_arrow_upITC-SA awards to recognise excellence in timber construction industry
keyboard_arrow_downITC-SA awards to recognise excellence in timber construction industry

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body and watchdog for South Africa’s timber construction trade, will be hosting its much-anticipated Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards in Cape Town on the 27th of July 2018.

keyboard_arrow_upWhy light steel frame building?
keyboard_arrow_downWhy light steel frame building?

Light steel frame building is a term used internationally to define a building system where the main structural elements consist of structural wall frames, roof trusses and floor joists manufactured from cold-formed light gauge galvanised steel.

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame Building excellence and growth demonstrated in Steel Awards 2017
keyboard_arrow_downLight Steel Frame Building excellence and growth demonstrated in Steel Awards 2017

Over the years the prestigious Steel Awards, hosted annually by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), has been an excellent barometer of the growth of the Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) in Southern Africa. This year was no different.   Nineteen projects were entered into the LSFB category by seven leading Southern African Light […]

keyboard_arrow_upSika smoothens spectacular undulating chapel roof
keyboard_arrow_downSika smoothens spectacular undulating chapel roof

Challenges achieving the smooth surface required of a dramatically undulating chapel roof were successfully solved by a high performance fairing coat from Sika. The site was the 185-hectare, newly created Bosjes Resort in the picturesque Witzenberg district of the Western Cape where the dazzling Bosjes Chapel stands proudly at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain.

keyboard_arrow_upSTAG African chooses light steel frame building in Tygerberg development … and applies for EDGE certification
keyboard_arrow_downSTAG African chooses light steel frame building in Tygerberg development … and applies for EDGE certification

STAG African has registered its Tygerberg 3 student housing development in Bellville, Cape Town, which is being developed to help address the student accommodation shortage at Stellenbosch University, for EDGE certification (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies).

keyboard_arrow_upLightweight steel for trusses, walls, panels and floors
keyboard_arrow_downLightweight steel for trusses, walls, panels and floors

Clotan Steel can supply all the light steel frame roof trusses, walls, panels and floors needed for your building project. The company offers an on-site production service.

keyboard_arrow_upDen Braven moves ahead in the field of hybrid (SPUR and MS) technology
keyboard_arrow_downDen Braven moves ahead in the field of hybrid (SPUR and MS) technology

Polyurethane and silicone sealants or adhesives deliver significant adhesion, good movement capability and durability. However, these high-performance products have some limitations. Through research and technological advancement in hybrid technology, Den Braven has now modified these and produced a range of new high performance sealants and adhesives.

keyboard_arrow_upMasonite Africa is reborn as Evowood
keyboard_arrow_downMasonite Africa is reborn as Evowood

Masonite Africa Limited, the South African market leader in hardboard and softboard for over 70 years, will be rebranded as Evowood from November. The rebranding marks a new beginning and reflects the rejuvenation and reinvigoration of a company that was acquired by the proudly South African consortium of Jacobs Capital and Black Bird Capital in August 2016.

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame training courses making their mark
keyboard_arrow_downLight Steel Frame training courses making their mark

The series of CPD-accredited training courses arranged by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) have made their mark in 2016. This is according to Sasfa director, John Barnard. “We are seeing a growing interest in these courses in line with the excellent growth in popularity of LSFB in South Africa,” Barnard says adding that the RSA market for LSFB is estimated to already be worth about R1 billion per annum.

keyboard_arrow_upBricks for all seasons
keyboard_arrow_downBricks for all seasons

Whether accepted, concealed, rejected, desired or compared with more modern materials, clay brick has played an active role within the culture of architecture throughout the ages.

keyboard_arrow_upEcho slabs used for Stanger Hospital extension
keyboard_arrow_downEcho slabs used for Stanger Hospital extension

Echo Durban’s prestressed slabs were integral to the fast-track and interference-free extension of a Stanger Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Echo Durban’s prestressed hollow-core slabs have been used for the construction of one of two additional storeys, each measuring 1 230m2, at StangerHospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

keyboard_arrow_upa.b.e. coatings for new predator tank at Two Oceans Aquarium
keyboard_arrow_downa.b.e. coatings for new predator tank at Two Oceans Aquarium

Two special a.b.e. Construction Chemicals coatings have been applied as protective lining of the floor and walls of a new large-scaled predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The new attraction also features a 10m long full walk-through tunnel.

keyboard_arrow_upEcho precast slabs and cell phone technology connect at MTN Data Centre
keyboard_arrow_downEcho precast slabs and cell phone technology connect at MTN Data Centre

The 21st Century has seen South African construction professionals making increasing use of precast hollow-core slabs for the construction of multi-storey buildings and for the extension of existing structures. The MTN Data Centre, Phase 2 project, which necessitated the addition of a second floor to MTN’s Data Centre in Louwlardia Centurion, using Echo prestressed slabs, is an example of the latter.

keyboard_arrow_upSuperior quality hard rock dolerite aggregates readily avaliable from Howard Quarry
keyboard_arrow_downSuperior quality hard rock dolerite aggregates readily avaliable from Howard Quarry

Good dolerite sources are being systematically depleted and quality aggregates produced from this igneous rock have become scarce. The result is often that quality materials have to be hauled over ever increasing distances adding to the overall cost of a project. In a proactive move that will see superior quality aggregates produced from a hard rock dolerite resource in the Mpumalanga coalfields regions, B&E International is establishing a larger quarry on the footprint of what was previously the Howard Quarry.

keyboard_arrow_upPotgieter House – a light steel frame showpiece
keyboard_arrow_downPotgieter House – a light steel frame showpiece

There is more to well-known Springbok Rugby player Dewald Potgieter than meets the eye. At 1.90m (6ft 3”), and 103kg he is big, strong, very fast and more than adept around the rugby fields of the world. But Potgieter is equally as adept at understanding what he wants from a home and, as his new house demonstrates, he has a remarkable sensitivity and understanding of design and construction.

keyboard_arrow_upLSFB brings peace and beauty to Vrede en Lust
keyboard_arrow_downLSFB brings peace and beauty to Vrede en Lust

It has taken some time for the South African architectural industry to accept that light steel frame building (LSFB) is a construction method suitable even for complex and creative design. Yet, in the recent past in South Africa, not only has this exciting building method become increasingly accepted in the main stream architectural and construction industries, it has also shown that an architect can design almost any building or structure and have it executed with LSFB.

keyboard_arrow_upNewtown City Lodge bricked by Ocon Brick
keyboard_arrow_downNewtown City Lodge bricked by Ocon Brick

One can find a City Lodge in practically every major centre throughout South Africa, they are renowned for providing affordable and comfortable accommodation while still supplying a quality offering. After a successful collaboration with Ocon Brick on the Waterfall City Lodge Hotel development at the Waterfall Park Office Complex near Midrand, Archstone Construction again chose Ocon Brick to supply clay stock bricks for the latest City Lodge in Newtown, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upContractors finish office block on time – despite severe access restrictions
keyboard_arrow_downContractors finish office block on time – despite severe access restrictions

Pretoria Master Builders, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, have completed a major contract for the construction of a sustainable new office block at 273 Tram Street in Pretoria. The project entailed the building of a new four-storey commercial office block in Nieuw-Muckleneuk for developers, Duncharl Investments, a client for which J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects had frequently worked for in the past. The Tram Street building provides floor space of about 1 200 square metres on a stand of 1 276 square metres – indicative of how densely built-up the precinct has become.

keyboard_arrow_upDStv City uses over one and a half million bricks
keyboard_arrow_downDStv City uses over one and a half million bricks

The new Multichoice headquarters, DStv City, in Randburg boasts four levels of basement parking covering some 52 900 sq. metres and 27 617 sq. metres of office space that were built using Ocon Brick.