Category Archives: sustainability

Concrete is Cool!

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Concrete masonry has evolved into a functional and beautiful building material that gives designers the artistic flexibility to create strikingly beautiful single and multi-family residences, office buildings, warehouses, municipal buildings, manufacturing facilities, learning institutions, hospitals and much more. Concrete masonry […]

What Makes Cape Brick a ‘Green’ Company

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Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.  In other words, […]

Green Buildings: More Value Than You Can Imagine

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The full story of green buildings is still being discovered. Up to now, green buildings have been described as a costly luxury.  The emphasis to date has been on costs – the costs of green materials, costs of innovative design, […]

Building with the People for the People

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Langa, one of Cape Town’s oldest and poorest townships is already reaping from the benefits from the Langa Hi-Rise Project, as it now comes to a successful end. The project was initiated as an architectural and engineered design concept. Load-bearing […]

Cape Brick Continues to Reduce their Carbon Footprint

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As part of Cape Brick‘s ongoing quest to reduce their carbon footprint and to maintain their status as the leader of environmentally friendly bricks, they have now used an innovative insulation system to help in the curing process of their […]

Building a Better Environment

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A better environment can only be created through the promotion of sustainable development. This means specifying and using building products that are energy efficient and completely recyclable themselves. WHEN IS A MASONRY PRODUCT ENERGY EFFICIENT? There are two requirements to […]

Water and power shortages causing architects to change design methods

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Three dimensional design software company Autodesk said on Tuesday that architects were changing their design methods in order to work in an South Africa with water and electricity shortages. Autodesk said architecture companies were using green, bio-mimicry and other techniques […]

Benefits of recycled concrete not fully realised

Cape Brick recycled the rubble from the Athlone Cooling Towers and manufactrued new bricks and blocks

The many benefits of using recycled concrete as a construction material are generally overlooked and not by any means fully utilised in South Africa, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says the use of recycled concrete could […]