Peter Drucker famously quoted, “what gets measured, gets managed”. By examining an activity we are forced to pay attention to it. By producing relevant and accurate measurements we can identify where... more
Each January, around 450 000 students migrate to the 4 major cities of South Africa to attend tertiary education institutions. Although some will be able to stay at home, most need a place to live... more
Passive design is “energy efficient design” that makes harnesses free heat from the sun and natural night time cooling to make a home more comfortable, while reducing heating and cooling bills. ... more
A brick-in-sand patio is easy to build and requires just a few basic skills and about 2 days’ work. It’s a great way to expand the living area of the home and provide an entertainment area for family... more
In many countries, wall thermal resistance or R-value is the sole determinant of energy efficiency. Here in South Africa, R-values are only one measurement to consider.
Did the recent mortgage rate hike frustrate your plans to buy that dream home?
Instead of hunting down a perfect kitchen or extra room elsewhere, why not save on commissions and transfer fees and... more
Wouldn’t life be so much easier if clients never changed their minds? Wouldn’t it be nice if all a project manager had to do was track the pre-arranged plan, and could count on a steady supply of... more
Made of clay and shale, the final composition of clay brick includes the four natural elements, i.e., earth, wind, fire and water. Clay bricks contain no pollutants or allergens and are resistant to... more
Figure 1 The CSR 8-star House uses 85% less heating and cooling energy that the average home built before 1990. Photograph CSR Limited, Australia
This attractive 8-Star energy efficient home located... more
The Clay Brick Association of South Africa serves its Members by expanding awareness, knowledge and support for clay brick masonry.
“Our goal is to ensure that local property owners achieve long life... more
Stand 47 Monaghan Farm has been presented by the material supplier Saint Gobain as the solution to energy efficiency in residential homes. Michelle Cerruti, head of residential at Saint Gobain,... more
Clay brick has always been the material of choice for sustainable, low maintenance and long lasting infrastructure. Schools, clinics and houses built over the past 100 years all across South Africa,... more
The record of clay brick construction in providing sustainable superior quality infrastructure - schools, clinics and houses across South Africa is well evident. This life time cost effectiveness of... more
We are all well aware of the responsibilities of scholars, teachers and parents in the education process. But a huge responsibility also lies with government to provide infrastructure conducive to... more
The architectural profession safeguards the value of South Africa’s built investment – the structures in which we live, work, learn and play. This built environment needs to be sustainable in the... more
The track record of clay brick construction in providing sustainable superior quality infrastructure - schools, clinics and houses - is evident in every South African city. Many cities boast... more
The Lasting Legacy of Clay Brick
Across South Africa, clay brick buildings have shaped our architectural heritage from the earliest settlements. Clay brick features prominently in Cape Dutch... more
How do you measure “green”?
So many products and companies these days play the “green card”. Unfortunately, the words “green” or “environmentally friendly”, like the words “natural” and “organic”... more
Clay Brick is 100% natural, and can be recycled after the useful life of the building
When considering construction materials, design professionals need to look at the product choices and ask... more
Sustainable buildings meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Property developers and architects need to consider not only the... more
The solid all round performance and life-time value that clay brick brings to infrastructure buildings remains unparalleled. However, local and international comparative research continues to add up... more