A thermal performance comparison between six walling construction materials frequently used in South Africa
When selecting building materials, developers and architects of green buildings take into... more
One unpleasant financial shock for South Africa’s new remote workforce is soaring electricity bills. We may have saved on takeaways, clothes and haircuts, but running a home office and home school... more
A well-designed cavity wall built from a high-density masonry material like clay brick offers two key benefits:
It provides excellent insulation from temperature extremes and noise.
The cavity... more
Nico Mienie, managing director of Algoa Brick, has been recognised for his lifetime service to the clay brick industry. At the 2019 Award ceremony, CBA President Colin Meyer announced the 2019... more
When you make energy-efficient construction decisions, you can expect that your building will cost less to operate, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and be a more comfortable place to live,... more
On behalf of the CBA’s Switch Africa Green Programme, Lisa Reynolds of Green Building Design Group gave two specialist presentations to the Eastern and Southern Cape chapters of the S A Institute of... more
Corobrik, South Africa’s leading brick maker, has embarked on a multi-billion rand investment roll out to grow its business and develop new markets over the next five to six years.
Dirk Meyer, the... more
This Management Summary and consolidation report of the LCA study by the University of Pretoria compares the electricity use of 6 different types of walling common in South Africa. The measurements... more
Management Summary and consolidation report of the LCA study
“Life Cycle Assessment of clay brick walling in South Africa”
Peter Drucker famously quoted, “what gets measured, gets managed”. By... more
The University of Pretoria has released results of its Thermal Performance Study, which assessed operational energy use of structures built with six different walling materials.
When selecting... more
The Britten Pears Archive in Suffolk, England was designed to preserve composer Benjamin Britten’s comprehensive archive and serve as a public exhibition space.
The building protects the world-class... 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.
There is been growing world-wide concern for energy conservation, the reduction of greenhouse gases and sustainability. In Australia, it is estimated that 39% of the end energy usage in domestic... more
Energy efficient building standards tend to focus on the thermal resistance requirements of the envelope, whilst the benefits of the thermal capacity present in masonry construction, are less... 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 Study objective was to identify amongst a set of walling types which of these solutions and construction methodologies provide the best balance between first cost, lifecycle cost, thermal comfort... more
Passive Solar Design aims at realising thermal comfort in a building through correct design and operating it with nature in mind. By combining natural energy, from elements like heat from the sun,... more
This leaflet was prepared for the Master Builders Association. It covers insulation in open rafter roof assembly, insulation in concealed rafter roof assembly, under surface bed and cavity wall... 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
Green building in South Africa is growing at an unprecedented rate and has now overtaken that of established sustainability building regions such as Europe, Australia, United States, United Arab... more
The solid all round performance and investment value that clay brick brings to residential housing remains unparalleled. Local and international comparative research continues to compound... more
As the need for more sustainable housing grows, clay brick in construction's superior composite offering, none more so than in the critical areas of energy efficiency, indoor air quality,... 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