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Armstrong World Industries has become the first ceiling systems manufacturer in South Africa to win Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its mineral tiles under the Global GreenTag® EPD programme.
With the growing need to facilitate onsite training and increase accessibility and technical support to the Saint-Gobain Gyproc product portfolio, the Gyproc technical team has conceptualised and developed a mobile wall and ceiling demonstration trailer.
Armstrong Ceiling’s coffee table-styled brochure takes specifiers such as architects and interior designers on an epic journey through some of the most innovative, intelligent and stunning ceiling solutions available for their new-build and renovation design challenges in South Africa.
Armstrong Ceilings in South Africa is close to achieving the ‘world’s best green product certification’ by winning GreenTag GreenRate status for two of its mineral tiles.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc has launched a range of lightweight durable polystyrene mouldings to meet the ever-growing popularity of decorative cornices, with 5 ranges and 10 profiles from which to select.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc has launched Activ’ Air, a revolutionary plasterboard that actively improves indoor air quality. It removes VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air and keeps them out, providing for a healthier living, learning or working environment.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc is committed to manufacturing products that contribute to the reduction of energy usage in homes and address the need to combat South Africa’s mounting energy crisis, as detailed in the recently published legislation. Gyproc uses mainly natural materials in the manufacturing of its products and recycled materials in its production processes. As a company Saint-Gobain saves more energy per year than it uses to produce its products.
The optimised manual sliding wall (MSW) system from Geze offers designers flexible functionality in transparent partitioning that can be adapted for use in a wide range of applications. The all-glass sliding wall system provides for spaces to be separated and connected – both visually and physically. It is an ideal partitioning solution for use in airports, stations, banks and government buildings as well as hotels, restaurants and offices, especially for waiting areas.
Pan African Shopfitters, an industry leader in customised shopfittings for major national and international retail outlets, has installed Apex general purpose strip curtains in its paint shop to prevent dust entering the area from the adjacent joinery shop. About 60 linear metres of clear PVC strip curtaining was supplied for the installation and Pan African Shopfitters’ purchasing manager, Kim Tiley, says it is performing exactly as required: completely sealing off the paint shop to prevent any possibility of dust ingress, while still allowing easy passage for personnel and work pieces.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc has announced the introduction of a new high impact resistance plasterboard walling system to its product portfolio in South Africa. Two versions of the Gypwall DuraLine system will be available locally, from July 2012. GypWall DuraLine has a higher density core than the Gypwall Classic system, consisting of an aerated gypsum core with glass fibre and other proprietary additives. It is suitable for drylining internal spaces, offering a high-impact-resistant walling system for use where more durable structures are needed. It provides a lightweight, cost-effective, non-load bearing walling, ideal for high circulation areas such as corridors and stairwells in healthcare, education and commercial buildings.
Pelican Systems is back in business as an independent operation. Following the recent settlement of a protracted legal battle between Pelican Systems and Lafarge Gypsum SA, former joint venture partners, as from 1 March 2012, Pelican Systems is once again 100% owned by founder Rodney Gould and the Gould family through the Pelican Group. Pelican Systems is a leading supplier of interior building systems in KwaZulu-Natal. Over more than 30 years it has built up a reputation for delivering quality products and services to the market it serves. The company has sourced new supply lines and now has control of its Jumbo brand of plasterboards as well as a number of new exclusive brands which have enabled it to regain its competitive edge in the market.
Gyproc, a Saint-Gobain company and a leader in the manufacture of lightweight building systems and materials, recently announced the launch of new formulations for the popular Gyproc RhinoBed and RhinoGlide products. These are the first in the company’s line-up of 12 new products planned for 2012. Gyproc RhinoGlide is designed as a filler for Gyproc plasterboard systems. It can also be used as an interior crack filler and for filling rough plaster surfaces before painting. Gyproc RhinoBed is a setting adhesive for detailed finishing and fixing. It can also be used as a joint filler for Gyproc RhinoCove and in Gyproc Drylining applications.
abeproof thermo-shield, a new heat-shielding and waterproofing product from a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, was used recently to waterproof a large roof area of the Sunbel building in Voortrekker Road, Bellville, Cape Town. abeproof thermo-shield is a water-based waterproofing membrane which incorporates advanced insulation technology. It contains fine spherical particles that minimise the surface temperature on roofs and walls by re-emitting most of the radiant heat energy away from the building before it can reach the interior. As a result, internal temperatures are kept low and the energy costs required to cool the building are reduced.
Improving energy efficiency and reducing consumption is a growing concern in South Africa, driven not only by dramatically increased utility costs but also by a global trend towards environmental consciousness. Lighting is one area that consumes a large amount of electricity. Compact fluorescent light bulbs have become increasingly popular because they offer improved energy efficiency. However, due to environmental concerns around these lamps, Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps are beginning to come to the fore as the most eco-friendly, energy efficient solution for lighting. Lighting is undeniably an area for improvement when it comes to optimising energy consumption, as up to 50% of industrial and 25% of home power usage can be attributed to this. As a result, one of the easiest ways to lessen energy consumption and reduce carbon footprints, both in homes and commercial spaces, is to switch out standard light bulbs for more efficient, lower consumption lamps.
Interiors have always been seen as the canvas for the décor and design of a space – and the canvas for a décor scheme needs to be as functionally superior as possible to create the best interiors solution. GypWall walling systems from Saint-Gobain Gyproc are the market leaders in lightweight construction solutions, offering superior acoustic and thermal performance and versatile enough to use in any area of the home or office, including in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. The systems offer great scope for architectural interest as the boards can be carefully curved or meticulously crafted to create niche walls or other visually appealing features.
Actom Electrical Products, the Actom group’s electrical equipment wholesaler, landed its biggest ever order for lamps recently when Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) awarded it the contract to supply 400 000 spiral compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for distribution to householders in the municipality.
The new range of Arteor electrical switches, controls and related wiring devices available from Legrand South Africa combines stylish design and leading-edge technology to support flexibility in commercial and residential environments. Arteor meets the requirements of the most basic electrical functions as well as complicated automation tasks. The range is compatible with local and international socket and flush-mounting box standards and offers a wide choice of design options and finishes for different environments. This means that users can mix and match the designs and finishes for various control functions. Another advantage is that these combinations can be changed easily to suit changing requirements.
A combination of vitreous enamelled steel and ‘rigidised’ stainless steel was used for the Vitraflex toilet cubicles supplied by Vitrex for the Vodacom Techno Centre in Bellville, Cape Town. Amanda Ellis, managing member of Façade Projects in Cape Town – Vitrex distributor in the Western Cape – says the contract follows an original Vitraflex installation of 50 cubicles at the Vodacom Techo Centre 12 years ago.
Ceilings have long been more important than simply providing an aesthetic barrier between a room and the mechanics of a roof. In addition to their aesthetic value – which can achieve the architecturally striking or simply protect from dust – ceilings provide thermal and acoustic protection, contributing significantly to the comfort of the interior environment.
As a result of rising building costs, storage space has generally become a very low priority in design. However, the attic or loft space above the ceiling offers an ideal place to store all those items that are not frequently used, provided it is accessible.
“Lightweight construction methods in which insulated gypsum walling is used are becoming increasingly popular among South Africa’s leading property developers,” says Heidi Olivier, brand manager for Saint-Gobain Gyproc. “The Radisson, Southern Sun, Protea and City Lodge hotel groups have all specified the lightweight construction systems produced by Saint-Gobain, showing the market that they have faith in these solutions,” she says.
The South African office of the global Legrand Group recently launched the Arteor range, which encompasses simple switches to the most advanced automation systems, as well as other electrical fittings, for the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.
The Alert Hub in Pretoria is an innovative exhibition and retail centre hosting a permanent display of environmentally friendly building products. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to exhibit and retail their products to building professionals as well as the public. And it offers customers the chance to view the latest green building products under one roof. Alert Hub development manager, Gerhard van Deventer, notes, “Until now, customers had to visit separate showrooms and wait for annual shows to view these products; now they’re accessible every day, and in one centre.”
The vitreous enamelled steel writing walls newly launched by Vitrex are produced using the company's architectural cladding panels to create large writing surfaces. The writing walls – a first for South Africa – can be custom-made by Vitrex at its Jet Park factory to suit specific room layouts and wall sizes. They offer much bigger writing surfaces than traditional writing boards as well as added benefits.