Building systems & materials

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.

keyboard_arrow_upPotain tower cranes set the pace for contractors
keyboard_arrow_downPotain tower cranes set the pace for contractors

Tower cranes are often the determinant factor when it comes to productivity on a construction site, and ongoing product development by Manitowoc is aimed specifically at enhancing the return on investment (ROI) for customers. David Semple, Manitowoc VP Sales Middle East & Africa, explains that there are a number of things which define the ROI on a tower crane and chief amongst these is the productivity of the machine.

keyboard_arrow_upYet another fast food chain converts to light steel frame building
keyboard_arrow_downYet another fast food chain converts to light steel frame building

Well-known fast food chain, KFC, recently chose Light Steel Frame building (LSFB) for its new outlet in Mthatha, joining both MacDonalds and Burger King in recognising the advantages of this modern building method. LSFB supports an energy efficient building, leaves a reduced carbon footprint, offers a fresh approach to creating the right environment for a restaurant while, at the same time, contributing towards a sustainable environment.

keyboard_arrow_upTailor-made arched truss design for airline hangar
keyboard_arrow_downTailor-made arched truss design for airline hangar

Hatch Goba builds maintenance airline hangar using tailor-made arched truss design Hatch Goba’s structural engineering expertise and ingenuity has been showcased through a project to construct a new maintenance hangar for Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that can accommodate a single Boeing 767, a 777, or two Boeing 737's.

keyboard_arrow_upTyre warehouse built with fire-resistant brick
keyboard_arrow_downTyre warehouse built with fire-resistant brick

Ocon Brick will supply approximately 400 000 clay stock bricks for the new Michelin Warehouse in Klipriver. The warehouse, currently under construction, will be used for the storage of tyres destined for import and export customers.

keyboard_arrow_upContainer rentals growing fast in the construction industry
keyboard_arrow_downContainer rentals growing fast in the construction industry

Container Agents rent containers within 350km of Pretoria with about 80% of its customer’s active in the construction industry. The containers are generally used for on-site storage of building materials or for standard or executive offices.

keyboard_arrow_up2.5 Million Ocon bricks for new Vanderbijlpark shopping centre
keyboard_arrow_down2.5 Million Ocon bricks for new Vanderbijlpark shopping centre

The development of the President Hyper chain of retail centres dates back some 50 years, when this family owned company opened their first branch in the small town of Fochville on the West Rand. Since then, these retail centres have expanded in numbers resulting in the new Vanderbijlpark President Hyper store opening in late 2014.

keyboard_arrow_upUse burnt trees according to their potential, says wood scientist
keyboard_arrow_downUse burnt trees according to their potential, says wood scientist

From an economic and safety viewpoint it makes sense to first determine the degree to which wood has been degraded during a plantation fire, before deciding what to do with it. While not all pine trees that have survived such wildfires should still be used to make roof trusses, they could be used to make furniture, flooring, fencing, pulp or as fire wood.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovative crack filler and application tool
keyboard_arrow_downInnovative crack filler and application tool

RhinoLite EasyFill Crack Filler is an easy to use, all-purpose, interior crack filler that offers DIY enthusiasts and trade professionals a crack filler packaged in a resealable 500g pack that comes with an innovative RhinoLite EasyFill Multi-tool to reseal the pack after use.

keyboard_arrow_upPrecast bridge planks for Colchester bridge
keyboard_arrow_downPrecast bridge planks for Colchester bridge

The needs of architects and civil engineering contractors for specialised construction products and materials change as infrastructure projects become more technologically advanced, while at the same time having to remain cost effective.

keyboard_arrow_upDoubling capacity to meet ongoing demand
keyboard_arrow_downDoubling capacity to meet ongoing demand

Elematic South Africa (ESA) is doubling its output capacity with the construction of a second manufacturing plant. The operation, which currently has eight 120m long extruder beds in its existing factory, will add another eight with the construction of the new factory, bringing the total to 16 extruder beds. The new plant is expected to be ready for production early in 2015.