Property Owners & Developers

At the 2015 Master Builders Award ceremony, Rods Construction won the “Excellence in Construction” award in the health care facilities category for the construction of an extension to the victorian... more
Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has announced Karl Bremer Office Block in Bellville, Cape Town, is the first project to achieve a Socio-Economic Category (SEC) Pilot rating in Africa... more
Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s Lion Match Factory holds its own as one of the warm city’s memorable architectural landmarks. Property development... more
Clay brick, and especially face brick affords numerous cost-saving benefits for affordable residential living. Durability, longevity and natural thermal performance properties contribute to excellent... more
Claytile, one of the Western Cape’s respected clay brick manufacturers is supplying over a million bricks to Hotel Verde, cited as Africa’s Greenest hotel.  This 45 room hotel is pursuing green... 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
Ocon Brick is to supply approximately 400,000 clay stock bricks for the new Michelin Warehouse in Klipriver. The warehouse, currently under construction, will be used for the storage of tyres... 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
Greenhouse Gas Emission Baselines and Reduction Potentials from Buildings in South Africa was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative.
Outdoor spaces are important features in South African living. Over the years the trend has been to craft landscapes so that they become an extension of the house and a recreational area in their own... more
Buildings should be built to last and as such the life cycle value of a building derived from long term durability, low maintenance and energy savings should be the key determining factor to be taken... more
A recent United States study shows that consumers prefer genuine clay brick exteriors on a national scale. Scoring highest nationally among all ages, races, income levels and household types, brick... more
A beginners guide to cleaning brickwork. Useful information for all Clay Brick DIY projects. Staining can mar the appearance of brickwork, but incorrect cleaning can cause permanent damage. Therefore... more
A beginners guide to mixing mortar. Useful information for all Clay Brick DIY projects. The use of this information is based on recognised principles of design and construction and is at the... 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
We present evidence that MIBT’s claim that their prefabricated panels have a “better thermal rating than clay brick” is substantively false. It is not only contradictory to Agrément SA findings but... 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
This Excel spreadsheet will allow you to calculate your R Value. To comply with the SABS recent SANS 10400 XA regulations, the building control officer will require the architect/developer to provide... more

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