Companies
Skybright Skylights/Skybright Designs cc
Designing of standard and custom design systems.
Four Seasons Aluminium Products
Four Seasons is a Cape Town based company manufacturing curved and flat glass and aluminium conservatory systems, as well as doors, windows, balustrades and rooflights.
Design Acro
Architectural company offering full architectural services and project management in the Eastern Cape, leader of quality architectural design of the highest standards appropriate for the South African context and culture, developing globally respected and sound business solutions.
Modcon Concrete Works
Modcon has 40 years experience in the manufacturing of moulds, lightweight and precast decorative concrete products to Architectural designs.
News & Product Highlights
today23 Jun 2012
verified_userModcon Concrete Works

Growing use of plastic cladding

The current economic crunch and the call for more energy-efficient buildings have led companies to reinvestigate the use of traditional construction materials and to consider alternative composites, such as glass reinforced plastic (GRP), for some applications.  Originally developed in 1938 for use in insulation, GRP is highly durable and combines a number of attributes including high impact strength, low weight, dimensional stability and weatherability. GRP has been used successfully in projects such as the new 3 050m² Masscash Holdings trading warehouse, contracted to Scheltema. The warehouse, with an apex height of 12m which affords the client flexibility in its racking layout and allows for bulk storage of up to six metres, was one of the first large-scale projects in the Western Cape to make use of the non-fragile GRP sheeting known as Modek GRP Walk-on. 
today2 Apr 2012

Profiled polycarbonate for cooler roofs

The energy-efficiency regulations for buildings, which came into effect in November last year, have steered the South African building industry in a more eco-friendly direction. One issue that has been raised in this context is the urban heat island (UHI) effect, which occurs as a result of a concentration of buildings, hot surfaces and waste heat from human activity that creates a warmer envelope of air over urbanised areas. This not only taxes the air-conditioning systems in buildings, but also increases pollution levels significantly.  Christo Pienaar, marketing director of Modek, a company which specialises in glass reinforced polyester (GRP) and polycarbonate roof sheeting, says that cool roofing is a real solution to the problem. “Cool roofing is one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions to diminish the UHI effect and it supports energy efficiency in buildings.”