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
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
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
Clay bricks are ceramic products – they are fired in a kiln rather than just dried in the sun. Individual clay bricks are virtually indestructible once fired. A masonry wall is incombustible - it... 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
In 2013, ClayBrick.org and the University of Pretoria made history through the signing of the agreement to pursue the industry 'Life Cycle Assessment for Clay Brick Walling in South Africa'. This is... more
An LCA is an internationally and scientifically recognised approach that measures the environmental impact of a product. The building sector has been linked to high CO2 emissions and global climate... more
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All building materials adjust their volume continuously in response to changes in temperature or moisture in the environment. This movement causes stress within the structure and often results in... more
The insulation of external masonry walling in the RSA buildings is not mandatory in terms of the National Building Regulations. This Technical Note details the requirements for walling in terms of... more
The compliance route is assumed to be the Prescriptive or Deemed-to-satisfy route which is being followed by the appointed professional.
SA National Standard 10400 Part XA; Energy Usage in building... more
This document outlines the requirements for effective leadership in health and safety, in both large and small organisations.
Protecting the health and safety of employees and/or members of the... more
Walling Requirements of Low Cost Housing in the Southern Cape Condensation Problem Area and the Need to Prevent Mould Growth
Introduction to problems around walling in the SCCPA
The Southern Cape... more
This Technical Note was developed on behalf of the Clay Brick Association of South Africa in response to a call for data from the CSIR (Council Scientific & Industrial Research).
The Thermal... more
This digital version is a free download. "Bricklaying Made Easy" (print version) is available from the Clay Brick Association for just R150. Click here
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
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
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.
A beginners guide to cleaning lichen and mosses off brickwork. Useful information for all Clay Brick DIY projects.
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