Isofoam South Africa (Pty) Ltd, was established in 1995 by the Kharafi Group of companies, with the aim of introducing IsoBoard Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Thermal Insulation board to the South African Market.
SASFA, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association, recently commissioned the Built Environment Division of the CSIR, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, to conduct a comparative thermal performance analysis for light steel frame housing and masonry housing. The research findings point to the energy efficiency of the light steel frame (LSF) house in terms of a lower need for electricity to power mechanical heating and cooling – to keep the internal temperature within a prescribed comfort range.
It’s worth considering retro-fitting an insulated ceiling to an existing building or home. The obvious reason is to control heat flow through the ceiling space, restricting heat from roof system entering the room below, or containing heat within a living or working space.
Leading manufacturer of clay masonry products, Corobrik, recently released the results of research undertaken by WSP Green by Design that pointed to the use of double-skin clay brick walling, with a face brick external skin, as the most cost-effective method of construction for low cost housing on the scale that is required to make up the housing backlog that South Africa faces.
The new Platinum Manor development, designed by J A Venter Architects, consists of 220 houses built in two phases – North Village and South Village. Construction began in March 2014 and the last house was completed in June this year.