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_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_upATI – Africa Thermal Insulations at Interbuild Africa 2012
keyboard_arrow_downATI – Africa Thermal Insulations at Interbuild Africa 2012

Africa Thermal Insulations (ATI) specialises in thermal insulation products that meet the recently updated building regulations, as required for proof of compliance and occupancy certificates.  In the past, the decision on whether to include roofing insulation or not was most often left to the architect or owner of a building. It was an optional choice and insulation was often excluded, viewed as an unnecessary expense. However, with the recently legislated new building regulations, it is now essential for builders and roofing specialists to highlight to customers the need for effective insulation – not only for the benefit of reduced energy bills but also to meet specific industry standards and obtain the required compliance and occupancy certificates. 

keyboard_arrow_upHelping home wishes come true
keyboard_arrow_downHelping home wishes come true

RBA Homes handed over the keys for a brand new home to Lucky Mathibela and his family on Friday 1 June 2012, making good on its promise made on 94.7 FM Highveld Stereo’s Christmas Wish campaign.  When RBA Homes was approached by 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Show and heard Lucky’s story, it welcomed the chance to make a difference in his life. RBA Homes was impressed by the young man’s positive spirit and his desire to give back to his community as a teacher – even though he was struggling himself. 

keyboard_arrow_upBasalt fibre technology for concrete reinforcing
keyboard_arrow_downBasalt fibre technology for concrete reinforcing

Ground-breaking basalt fibre technology for reinforcing concrete has been introduced to the South African market by Basalt Technology, part of the PMSA group of companies. PMSA (Pan Mixers South Africa) is a leading supplier of manufacturing machinery and technology for concrete bricks, blocks and paving.  PMSA marketing and sales manager, Quintin Booysen, says Basalt Technology was officially established in January 2012, to promote the substantial benefits of its new concrete reinforcing product StoneRod, which is made from basalt rock. 

keyboard_arrow_upAlternative building systems support energy efficiency
keyboard_arrow_downAlternative building systems support energy efficiency

ABP Building Products, specialist in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of alternative building systems that support energy efficiency, has changed its name, because of a naming rights conflict, to Eco Building Systems.  Rodney van Dam of Eco Building Systems says, “We focus primarily on using expanded polystyrene systems (EPS) to provide building products that withstand the impacts of rising building, energy and labour costs. With the promulgation of new energy efficiency legislation in the National Building Regulations, our products are playing a greater role in the South African building environment. 

keyboard_arrow_upRadiant barrier insulation reduces heat build-up
keyboard_arrow_downRadiant barrier insulation reduces heat build-up

The newly legislated SANS 10400-XA: 2011 and SANS 204: 2008 introduce the requirement for proof of compliance with the standards set out for energy efficiency in buildings. This means that architects and building developers need to ensure that new buildings and building refurbishments are designed to meet the prescribed energy efficiency standards; that a building’s performance in terms of energy usage is calculated and documented; and that the building is built to perform accordingly.  Thermal insulation materials – for roofs, walls and floors – constitute a key element in building to achieve the required thermal resistance values (R-values) as set out in SANS 204. 

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_upEco-friendly insulation for Castle of Good Hope
keyboard_arrow_downEco-friendly insulation for Castle of Good Hope

Constructed originally between 1666 and 1679, the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is one of South Africa's oldest surviving buildings and it is still in use. It is the seat of the military in the city and houses the Castle Military Museum and the William Fehr Collection of Cape Town’s Iziko Museums. Military personnel, museum administrators and tourism support staff are at work within its four-metre wide walls.  However, inside the massive structure of the outer walls, there has been for many years a problem with the working environment. Despite the high thermal mass of the structure, the dark coloured roofing material has a high thermal conductivity and low insulating properties. This means the office space heats up through summer and becomes chilly in winter, once the inside walls have cooled to the ambient temperature.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation to match new energy efficiency standards
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation to match new energy efficiency standards

The National Building Regulations have been updated to include Part X, which addresses environmental sustainability, and Part XA, which establishes requirements for energy efficiency in new buildings and renovations. The application of this new legislation, which came into effect in November 2011, is good news for the environment and will help individuals, businesses and the country as a whole to save electricity.  In home building, insulation is often considered a luxury and is overlooked, yet its primary purpose is to save energy and improve the home’s comfort. To insulate the ceiling and geyser system properly in a typical home costs less than 1% of the total per square-metre building costs and effective insulation is one of the few building materials that will, in effect, go on saving money over the lifespan of the home.

keyboard_arrow_upWaterproofing and insulation in one
keyboard_arrow_downWaterproofing and insulation in one

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.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation for all seasons
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation for all seasons

The Sisalation® brand, owned and manufactured by Afripack, has become synonymous with insulation and has been specified by architects and installed by residential, commercial and industrial roofers over the past 40 years. The brand is a frontrunner in insulation in the South African building industry.  Sisalation has evolved to suit both industry and consumer needs and to comply with changing market demands and the stringent new building legislation requirements. Locally sourced and produced, it is also distributed all over Africa, in some South American countries and the Indian Ocean Islands.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation to meet new SANS energy-efficiency requirements
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation to meet new SANS energy-efficiency requirements

Buildings account for about 40% of all energy consumed in South Africa and their potential to save energy is huge.  The National Building Regulations (NBR) have been updated to include Part X, which addresses environmental sustainability, and Part XA, which establishes requirements for energy efficiency in new buildings and will come into effect from 10 November 2011.

keyboard_arrow_upChoose roof insulation wisely
keyboard_arrow_downChoose roof insulation wisely

The 2009 agreement that saw Nersa granting Eskom a 25% per annum tariff increase over three years points to a further electricity price hike in 2012, following the first two steep increases already implemented. This makes it clear for specifiers and building owners that it is time to implement energy saving.  The inclusion of passive energy efficiency measures in new building projects and retrofits is a clear starting point for all developers thinking sustainability – as early as during the planning and design process for interior environment controls.

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_upDouble glazing in timber windows
keyboard_arrow_downDouble glazing in timber windows

Swartland, which was established in the 1950s in the Western Cape, has pursued an approach of continuous improvement that has seen it become one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of timber windows and doors.  The company has introduced double-glazed wooden windows to its premium Cape Culture Collection. This window is reportedly the most energy-efficient tested window on the market.

keyboard_arrow_upCeilings deliver thermal and acoustic benefits
keyboard_arrow_downCeilings deliver thermal and acoustic benefits

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.

keyboard_arrow_upCeiling insulation to combat rising energy costs
keyboard_arrow_downCeiling insulation to combat rising energy costs

Cecil Homan, founder of Cape Town-based Eco-Insulation, says 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?" (Independent Media - 10 Feb 2011)

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?"

keyboard_arrow_upIncreasing production of EPS building panels
keyboard_arrow_downIncreasing production of EPS building panels

Construction of a new factory for Ikhaya Futurehouse Systems, in Centurion, Gauteng, is nearing completion and will enable the company to meet growing demand for the its thermally insulating walling panels.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation to boost green building ratings
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation to boost green building ratings

With the Green Building Council of South Africa's (GBCSA) introduction of certification and rating tools for South African office and retail buildings, a number of progressive developers and architects are designing more sustainable buildings – or going further and gunning for a Green Star rating. Materials used in the building process and in the finished project represent one of nine major categories of evaluation, hence the relevance of green building materials. Other significant categories, related directly or indirectly to the performance of materials, include Emissions and Energy.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation facts at your fingertips
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation facts at your fingertips

Albert Hoenck, sales and marketing manager at Brits Nonwoven, which manufactures Isotherm Thermal Insulation, says, “We are all looking for the easier, quicker way of sourcing information without compromising on integrity and quality. That is why Brits Nonwoven has chosen to meet the needs of building industry professionals by investing in an online environment where access to qualified, accurate information and advice on thermal insulation is only a click away.”

keyboard_arrow_upRetrofitting insulation in St Cyprians’ refurbishment
keyboard_arrow_downRetrofitting insulation in St Cyprians’ refurbishment

Eco-Insulation was installed recently in the refurbishment programme at St Cyprians in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s leading private schools for girls. Lead architects on the project are Noero Wolff and the quantity surveyors, Riverside Consulting, specified Eco-Insulation to provide effective ceiling insulation as part of the refurbishment.

keyboard_arrow_upNewly launched reflective insulation
keyboard_arrow_downNewly launched reflective insulation

Infraset Building Products has launched Eco Shield, its own brand of roof insulation, for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Agrément-approved and conforming to SABS standards, Eco Shield will contribute to making any building SANS 204 compliant.

keyboard_arrow_upBe sure that insulation is working
keyboard_arrow_downBe sure that insulation is working

Cellulose thermal ceiling insulations, such as Eco-Insulation, form a seamless blanket of natural fibres that provide outstanding protection from temperature extremes. According to the founder of SA Energy Efficiency Association  award winner Eco-Insulation,Cecil Homan, "The chances are good that the average home or office would benefit enormously from adding cellulose ceiling insulation, even where there is an existing layer of insulation present."

keyboard_arrow_upNew standards in insulation
keyboard_arrow_downNew standards in insulation

By mid-2010 the new SANS 204 Energy Efficiency for Buildings standard will come into effect, requiring a minimum level of insulation in all buildings, by law. The new minimum specifications stipulate a total R-value for roofs and ceilings, depending on pitch and roof construction, which can be achieved by installing either a single layer of ceiling insulation, 60mm to 160mm thick, or multilayered ceiling insulation. Minimum requirements also apply to walls and windows.

keyboard_arrow_upNow is the time for insulation
keyboard_arrow_downNow is the time for insulation

The recent agreement by Nersa (the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa)  to an Eskom tariff increase of an average 25% per year over the next three years makes the cost benefit of energy saving even clearer for specifiers and building owners.

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete as an ideal insulation material
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete as an ideal insulation material

Concrete, one of the world’s most widely used building materials, is not only a particularly durable material but also provides effective sound and thermal insulation. Hanlie Turner, marketing manager at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), says noise can be described as unwanted sound. “When sound waves strike a barrier such as a wall or floor, the waves are reflected, absorbed or transmitted in varying degrees, depending on the form of the barrier and the material in which it is constructed.

keyboard_arrow_upRecycled and recyclable – insulation saves energy
keyboard_arrow_downRecycled and recyclable – insulation saves energy

We are being asked to cut back on electricity usage and to pay more for what we do use. This is the message we hear as we ready ourselves for the winter. Isotherm thermal insulation provides one way of combating the winter chill. Isotherm  is one of the most innovative and effective insulation materials available. It can be installed in ceilings, in dry walling or around water pipes and geysers, to save energy and, as important in the current economic environment and with Eskom’s tariff increases looming, money.

keyboard_arrow_upEPS insulating panels for construction
keyboard_arrow_downEPS insulating panels for construction

The Ikhaya Futurehouse System (IFHS) of thermally insulating walling panels is designed to improve building comfort, enhance structural performance and reduce energy required for heating and cooling in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings.