If you look into the definition of a wall, it is an architectural structure designed to protect inside from outside primarily from intrusion, to define a boundary and to block views from outside for... more
This year, South Africans spent their winter days at home with their children, dogs and working spouses. One of the key productivity killers, has been noise!
Noise is not only irritating, it can... more
More than 1000 learners at Thushanang Primary School in Mpumalanga will benefit from an upgrade of their school. The school was built with Federale Stene's Semiface Travetine (FBA) clay bricks.
Few things irritate us more than exposure to excessive noise. It is hard enough to concentrate with the distractions of nearby cell phones and loud conversations, without adding noise from other... more
Education infrastructure is the government’s investment in South Africa’s future. A place of learning must be the embodiment of stability, permanence and strength and provide an environment that... more
UK Construction Online’s Matt Brown speaks with Keith Aldis, Chief Executive of the Brick Development Association (BDA), on the brick manufacturing industry meeting sustainability targets and the... 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
SECURE: ROBUST & LOW RISK
Brick buildings shape South Africa’s architectural heritage – in every province you will find beautiful and functional schools, social infrastructure, hospitals,... more
Concepts are explained and the definitions of Thermal Resistance and Thermal Capacity, as well as the formulae for the calculation thereof, are provided.
Review of Health Aspects in Buildings as pertain to VOCs (volatile Organic Compounds) and Clay Brick Masonry Walling
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
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
Also see Technical Note 15 - SANS 204 compliance for masonry walling
Edition 1 of the SANS 204 series of standards contains Deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) requirements that make a distinction between... more
An energy efficient home achieves comfortable temperatures without mechanical heating and cooling. To achieve this objective, one begins by understanding the local climatic conditions in which the... more
Clay Brick is confirmed as intrinsically ‘perfect’ for defining a sustainable and more energy efficient future.
The ante towards building greater sustainability into the built environments with... more