Insulation is a material that reduces or prevents the transmission of heat or sound or electricity. Thermal insulation to keep buildings warm or cold, and acoustic insulation for soundproofing, are examples.

keyboard_arrow_upThe many benefits of insulation
keyboard_arrow_downThe many benefits of insulation

Installing insulation remains one of the easiest, most efficient and cost effective ways of better insulating your home. We speak to Cobus Lourens from Swartland, the local distributor of world-leading Knauf mineral wool insulation, about why installing insulation is one of the best home improvement projects you can do. Insulation is beneficial to your home […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe ideal roof, ceiling and wall insulation – Iso-Lam
keyboard_arrow_downThe ideal roof, ceiling and wall insulation – Iso-Lam

The Isolite Group manufactures and distributes expanded polystyrene (EPS) products throughout Southern Africa. The group services a wide range of industries, supplying products ranging from insulation sheets to fish boxes and seed trays to cycle helmets from seven different factory locations. One of the insulation products that form part of their range is Iso-Lam. It […]

keyboard_arrow_upSwartland launches a new range of insulation
keyboard_arrow_downSwartland launches a new range of insulation

Leading local supplier of building-related products, Swartland, has recently launched its Summit range, which comprises all products related to the ceiling and up. The first product to be launched in this range is internationally renowned Knauf insulation. Says Cobus Lourens, from Swartland: “Swartland is very excited to be launching Knauf Mineral Wool Insulation under its […]

keyboard_arrow_upTwo in one with IsoBoard insulated ceilings
keyboard_arrow_downTwo in one with IsoBoard insulated ceilings

While IsoBoard Thermal Insulation is white and washable, it does possess a translucent quality. In exposed applications that have a high aesthetic component, or are otherwise close to the eye-line, IsoBoard definitely recommends that you paint the product.

keyboard_arrow_upWaste PET bottles for superior sound absorption solutions from Datlink
keyboard_arrow_downWaste PET bottles for superior sound absorption solutions from Datlink

Datlink insulation and acoustic products are manufactured using recycled polyester from waste PET bottles (Coke, Sprite, Water etc.), and conform to “cradle to cradle” principals.

keyboard_arrow_upa.b.e. supplies ‘exceptional’ sealants for refurbishment of Cavendish Square Atrium
keyboard_arrow_downa.b.e. supplies ‘exceptional’ sealants for refurbishment of Cavendish Square Atrium

Structural glazing sealants supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals were selected for the refurbishment of the towering atrium which is the focal point of Cavendish Square Shopping Centre in Claremont, Cape Town.

keyboard_arrow_upWaterproof plaster for Vodacom Business Data Centre
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproof plaster for Vodacom Business Data Centre

Together with Dave Tite, from Concrete Testing Services, Chryso provided technical support to Aveng Grinaker-LTA (the principal contractor) - particularly with regard to the waterproof plaster, on the Vodacom Business Data Centre in Midrand.

keyboard_arrow_upMargate tidal pool restored to former glory
keyboard_arrow_downMargate tidal pool restored to former glory

For two decades the once popular tidal pool in Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast was non-functional but, thanks to the Margate Urban Renewal Project, it has now been restored to its former glory.

keyboard_arrow_up300 houses get the cellulose fibre treatment
keyboard_arrow_down300 houses get the cellulose fibre treatment

Thermguard, the original cellulose fibre insulation manufacturer, has been busy insulating 300 houses in the suburb of Panorama, in Pietermaritzburg. These houses were originally built without insulation but with the introduction of ‘SANS 10 400XA - Energy Usage in Buildings’, insulation in all new buildings has become compulsory.

keyboard_arrow_upEco-friendly, energy efficient roof and ceiling insulation
keyboard_arrow_downEco-friendly, energy efficient roof and ceiling insulation

Starlite Insulation, from D & D Roof Insulations, consists of flexible rolls of insulation manufactured from high quality, non-combustible, glass mineral fibre using an inert thermosetting binder to form a lightweight, strong, resilient, safe and highly thermally efficient product.

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialised joint sealant proves its efficacy
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialised joint sealant proves its efficacy

Midvaal Water Company in Stilfontein supplies potable water in bulk to an area of some 900km2 in the North West Province.When specialised joint sealing was required at one of the company’s filter units, Sika’s Sikadur-Combiflex SG system proved its worth.

keyboard_arrow_upWaterproofing advances boost popularity of flat concrete roofs
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproofing advances boost popularity of flat concrete roofs

The development of sophisticated computer modelling systems has elevated roof design and construction far beyond the most basic functional purpose of shelter and into the realm of architectural sculptural showpieces.

keyboard_arrow_upAnnouncing Sika RainTite – now in a 1 litre size
keyboard_arrow_downAnnouncing Sika RainTite – now in a 1 litre size

Sika RainTite 1L, recently launched into the DIY waterproofing market, is ideal to treat very small areas or for minor repair work. It is used in conjunction with a Sika RainTite membrane to form a durable and flexible waterproofing system to waterproof flashings, parapet walls and sealing joints, laps and roofing screws on corrugated roofs.

keyboard_arrow_upNew waterproofing also protects foundation wall and roof gardens
keyboard_arrow_downNew waterproofing also protects foundation wall and roof gardens

Recently launched by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, Armodillo is a new and unique bitumen heat-fused waterproofing membrane produced by Italian company, Index, with which a.b.e has an exclusive SA product distribution agreement.

keyboard_arrow_upNew calculation tool for architects
keyboard_arrow_downNew calculation tool for architects

BASF launched a new calculation tool for architects during the Green Building Conference and Exhibition 2013, which formed part of the larger Sustainability Week, held recently in the Sandton Convention Centre.

keyboard_arrow_upPositive feedback for Eco-Insulation
keyboard_arrow_downPositive feedback for Eco-Insulation

Positive client comments from geographically diverse locations, in both the domestic retrofit market and the housing development market, have been filling Eco-Insulation’s in-box and appearing on consumer activist sites such as Hello Peter.

keyboard_arrow_upDurable waterproofing of gutters for dry food product facility
keyboard_arrow_downDurable waterproofing of gutters for dry food product facility

Maize seed developers Pioneer Hi Bred recently contacted Sika to assess the state of box guttering at its manufacturing plants in Rosslyn, Pretoria North.

keyboard_arrow_upRaw water dams protected by Kaytech
keyboard_arrow_downRaw water dams protected by Kaytech

Kaytech provided its heaviest grade geotextile to protect the linings on newly constructed raw water dams at Eskom’s Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga.

keyboard_arrow_upEco-Insulation cellulose fibre ceiling insulation ideal for use in schools and public buildings
keyboard_arrow_downEco-Insulation cellulose fibre ceiling insulation ideal for use in schools and public buildings

Award-winning cellulose fibre ceiling insulation, Eco-Insulationwas recently installed at the Durbanville Preparatory School, covering a large portion of the ceiling area of the classrooms.

keyboard_arrow_upKansai Plascon Supplier of the Year Awards 2013
keyboard_arrow_downKansai Plascon Supplier of the Year Awards 2013

The Kansai Plascon Supplier of the Year Awards is an annual event recognizing those suppliers who rise above and go beyond, in their partnership with Kansai Plascon.

keyboard_arrow_upAssisting Architecture for Humanity
keyboard_arrow_downAssisting Architecture for Humanity

Football for Hope is a FIFA™ outreach initiative that began with the FIFA World Cup™ 2010 in South Africa. It aims to create 20 Football for Hope Centres to promote education, public health and football in disadvantaged communities across Africa. The programme is supported by Architecture for Humanity, an international non-profit architectural organisation working in underprivileged communities and concerned with creating a more sustainable future through design. Worldwide, local architects associated with Architecture for Humanity provide pro-bono services to projects identified in their regions by the organisation. They partner with local suppliers to provide services and material support, also on a pro bono basis.

keyboard_arrow_upNon-bituminous roof waterproofing
keyboard_arrow_downNon-bituminous roof waterproofing

Waterproofing contractor M-Proofing Roofing & Waterproofing recently used a Mapei product, Mapelastic Foundation, to waterproof about 180m² of new roofing, as well as a holding tank and pool, at the Mikvah at the Great Park Synagogue in Houghton, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upCombating electricity price increases
keyboard_arrow_downCombating electricity price increases

Hot on the heels of the latest 16% increase in the average electricity tariff for Eskom follows another announcement: that Eskom will be allowed to escalate its base tariff by a further 16% next year, 2013. 

keyboard_arrow_upLighting upgrade for energy savings
keyboard_arrow_downLighting upgrade for energy savings

Magnet, specialist in the supply, implementation and support of electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation, last year completed a lighting upgrade project for Dulux, to reduce energy consumption, load and associated costs at the company’s Umbogintwini plant in KwaZulu-Natal.  Brian Howarth, managing director of Magnet says, “Phase 1 of the project involved the design and installation of a new energy-efficient lighting system to deliver electrical performance and energy savings within 10% of calculated predictions. In some cases, the calculated savings have been exceeded. 

keyboard_arrow_upColour concepts to feature at Decorex Durban
keyboard_arrow_downColour concepts to feature at Decorex Durban

Plascon will be showcasing its 2012 Colour Forecast ‘Endless Possibility’ at Decorex Durban, the popular décor, design and home living event that will take place 21 to 25 March at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Four of South Africa’s top decorators and designers – Michele Throssell from Ballito, Koop Design and the Shaw Sisters from Durban, Ruth Duke from Durban, and Laurence Brick from Cape Town – will each be interpreting a different one of the four Plascon colour palettes from its 2012 Forecast in a concept stand at the exhibition.  Plascon’s 2012 colour trends, defined as: Memory, Expression, Mystery and Origins, are a reflection of our current social climate, echoing the mood of society and highlighting contemporary needs and aspirations. Developed under the overarching theme of Endless Possibility, Plascon’s 2012 Colour Forecast presents an inspiring collection of colours.

keyboard_arrow_upTop quality in construction sealants
keyboard_arrow_downTop quality in construction sealants

Advances in silicone sealant technology have opened up new possibilities in architecture and when it comes to specifying sealants for structural glazing, insulating glazing, weather-sealing or fire protection in building projects, performance and reliability are critical.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation for summer and winter
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation for summer and winter

Alububble radiant barrier insulation, manufactured by Africa Thermal Insulations (ATI) has been used for many years mainly in industrial applications. Over recent years it has gained popularity in domestic applications as well. Although it is clear that the product works, there have been no recognised test methods that measure the difference radiant barriers make to internal temperatures when installed. ATI therefore decided to conduct a test case study using thermal imaging.  First, in an uninsulated house, it recorded thermal images and temperatures at different points outside and inside the building. These temperatures showed the heat flow into the house. A retrofit installation of Alububble was then completed in the house and thermal images and temperatures were recorded again.  The outside temperature on both days was recorded at 30°C but the difference in the internal temperature, once the Alububble radiant barrier had been installed, was notable. The diagram illustrates the temperature readings on both the insulated and uninsulated house. 

keyboard_arrow_upWaterproofing and finishing products for hotel pool
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproofing and finishing products for hotel pool

 Mapei South Africa, part of the global Mapei Group and a leading supplier of chemical and adhesive products for the construction industry, recently supplied a turnkey solution to RCL Holdings, the Mapei authorised applicator in Botswana, for the waterproofing and finishing of a large pool and the surrounding deck area at a new luxury hotel in Gaborone, Botswana.

keyboard_arrow_upWaterproofing repairs to Jacobsdal canal
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproofing repairs to Jacobsdal canal

Its reputation for high-quality construction chemicals and service saw Mapei win the contract from road and bridge civil construction specialist, Penny Farthing Engineering, for the provision of waterproofing products to repair the 24km Jacobsdal canal in the Free State. The canal system supplies water to farmlands in the Jacobsdal region. It was Aurecon – an international provider of engineering, management and specialist technical services to government and private sector clients – that recommended Mapei to Penny Farthing Engineering for this project.

keyboard_arrow_up‘Green’ insulation can help combat climate change
keyboard_arrow_down‘Green’ insulation can help combat climate change

It's a good thing when a leading global figure asserts himself (or herself) on the subject of global warming and climate change. Charles, Prince of Wales, recently stated that people who do not accept the reality of climate change are "playing a reckless game of roulette". He went on to ask, "How are these people going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future?"