keyboard_arrow_upChryso products for ‘ultra-green’ house
keyboard_arrow_downChryso products for ‘ultra-green’ house

The Chryso Southern Africa Group provided a variety of products for the construction of the revolutionary ‘House Rhino’, now under construction near Port Elizabeth and regarded as one of the most sustainable residences yet designed in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy-saving insulation for housing retrofits
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy-saving insulation for housing retrofits

At the 4th annual convention of the GBCSA (Green Building Council of South Africa) held in Cape Town last year, several residential green building retrofit projects were announced by GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson, including a British High Commission-sponsored ‘green street’ retrofit in KwaZulu-Natal, coinciding with Durban’s hosting of COP17.  Energy performance and the use of the most appropriate green building materials are key to sustainable building – in housing as in other sectors.

keyboard_arrow_upDonated house demonstrates benefits of clay brick
keyboard_arrow_downDonated house demonstrates benefits of clay brick

A new home built by Corobrik in Lwandle, Strand, is a “dream come true” for disabled resident Angelina Msizi – and a tangible way for Corobrik to show its support for the rights of women and children. The house is a part of the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements new Siyazama housing project which consists of 82 units.  Speaking at the official handover ceremony in April, which was attended by Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Corobrik director Bertha Zwane said that the house had been built both as a way for the company to give back to those in need and to demonstrate the appropriateness of double skin clay brick construction with a face brick exterior wall as a ‘best solution’ for sustainable housing in terms of economic, social and environmental considerations. 

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete solutions for infrastructure and housing
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete solutions for infrastructure and housing

Concrete and concrete products offer social, environmental, economic and other benefits in housing as well as in the development of infrastructure for human settlements. These benefits are set out in a leaflet entitled Sustainable Concrete for Human Settlements, published by the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI).  Compared with new, sophisticated and relatively expensive alternative construction technologies, concrete remains one of the most cost-effective and durable building materials. 

keyboard_arrow_upClay face bricks make housing affordable
keyboard_arrow_downClay face bricks make housing affordable

Having lived in Khayelitsha their whole lives, with informal housing being their only option, local residents were delighted when plans for formal housing came to pass – and even more so when they learned that Corobrik clay bricks would be used to build their new homes. Marthinus Williams, internal sales planner for Corobrik Cape Town, says, “This was a rewarding experience for us, having dealt directly with most of the residents. Many of them, although in their 50s, had never lived in a formal house before.”

keyboard_arrow_upConsider thermal mass rather than R-values alone
keyboard_arrow_downConsider thermal mass rather than R-values alone

While historical buildings remind us of the enduring and aesthetic attributes of clay brick in architecture, the current focus on global warming, the need to optimise energy efficiency in buildings and the renewed interest in passive solar design principles are all reminders of the thermal properties of clay brick walling.

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural Student Awards 2009
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural Student Awards 2009

The Cement and Concrete Institute’s Architectural Student Design Competition for 2009 attracted 26 entries from universities around the country. From the submissions 10 finalists were selected and, finally, three winners: Marius Visser of the Tshwane University of Technology, Kyle Pieterse of the University of Johannesburg, and Hanna Duker of the University of Cape Town. The winners each received R20 000 and the institutions where they are studying, R5 000.