Building Construction Professionals

Traditional mud brick rondavels can be easily and affordably upgraded to increase thermal efficiency and aesthetics with the addition of a face brick “skin”.  Architect and lecturer, Mthembeni Mkhize... more
An educational course on brickmaking was presented  to Energy Consultants by Dries van Vuuren of Cermalab. Hosted by the National Clean Production Centre (NCPC), the aim of the course was to bridge... more
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency is delighted to announce that Swisscontact and the Clay Brick Association have partnered with the SAEE Convention that takes place 11-12... more
Clay brick has a long track record of providing sustainable, thermally comfortable and cost effective infrastructure buildings with an assured low lifecycle cost. As the industry standard with SABS... more
SACCI today announced that the SACCI Business Confidence Index (BCI) for September 2015 contracted to 81.6 in September 2015. The SACCI BCI has declined by 11.2 points since February 2015 (so far the... more
The first seven months of 2015 saw improved levels of building activity with regard to new private sector-financed housing in South Africa, based on data published by Statistics SA.The number of new... more
Clay bricks have a very convincing image in Europe as one of the most sustainable façade products.  These are some of the conclusions of the European Architectural Barometer report, a quarterly... more
South African businesses of all sizes have a great opportunity to help address the country’s growing youth unemployment crisis while benefitting from a tax incentive by taking advantage of the... more
Local and international comparative research continues to demonstrate why clay brick, as a 'green' building material, is so perfect for thermally efficient sustainable construction in South African... more
The concepts of Thermal Resistance and Thermal Capacity are explained in laymen’s terms. Heat flows by three mechanisms: conduction, convection, and radiation.
This technical paper looks in detail at the properties and specifications required for load bearing brickwork. Load-bearing brickwork is a well tried, versatile, durable and economical material with... more
FBS, FBA, NFX - what do these terms mean when buying or specifying brick? This leaflet provides brick terminology and specifications.
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
The Carbon Tax Study, has been able to generate a similar level of interest and appreciation of the VSBK Projects involvement within the sector. This report presents the findings of a research... 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 walls... 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
This information  covers the basic requirements  for constructing   a well designed and durable structure. Reference has been made to the SABS Standards and Codes of Practice  as well as the National... more
The value of building plans passed and buildings completed are two indicators that can be used to gauge the state of the building industry. The infographic outlines some key findings from Stats SA’s... more
First Published by BUSINESS DAY, Home Front Date: 08 May 2015 Journalist: David Steynberg The use of alternative building systems like light steel frames is growing on South African consumers but... more
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year. He collected his award at the prestigious annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year... more
The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, MP, hosted the National Human Settlements Indaba and Exhibition on 16-17 October 2014 at Sandton Convention Centre. The Clay Brick Association not... more
Our challenge as brick manufacturers in pursuit of a significant share of the Low Cost Housing market has been to provide clay brick products in formats that were more cost effective and afforded... more

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