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The print version of this handbook is available from the Clay Brick Association. Content of the Building Contractors Handbook includes:
1. Site management, key to more profit
2. Building lines,... 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
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
Please note that this Technical Guide, Bricklaying Made Easy and the Flexible & Rigid Paving Guide can be purchased in printed format from our convenient ecommerce store
Bold use of face brick colours contrast in a striking architectural design have resulted in an eye-catching school building servicing the Railton community in Swellendam, Western Cape. The R45-... more
CBA Association Member Phakisa Corporate Services has drawn our attention to the Labour Court Ruling that could have an important implications for CBA Members who make use of labour brokers or... more
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
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
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... 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