Raft foundation | floating
raft foundation | reinforced foundation
has been supplying its
comprehensive concrete wall
construction system, raft foundation of which the
formwork is merely a
constituent of this technology, for the past 23 years. As a result, we
do not simply supply
modular plastic formwork, but a holistic building
technology, that has been specifically designed and is proven too
benefit the end user with its simplicity and ease of use.
has developed a cast house
system to construct durable structures of quality in the shortest
possible time, including basements and footing.
This system has developed into a construction technology that addresses
seven key challenges embodied in the low cost and affordable housing
shortages facing developing countries namely:
Traditional bricks or
blocks are moulded in a small mould and then laboriously stacked by an
artisan, sandwiched with mortar to create a wall. The electrical and
water pipes are placed by grinding and chasing into the wall. The wall
is then plastered to cover the pipes and services, as well as the
brickwork, to create a level and smooth surface.
- lack of resources
- insufficient funds
- skills shortage
- time constraint
- work flow control
- time constraints
A few disadvantages of brick or block construction are:
patented technology is cost effective
due to its repetitive application. It is affordable due to the fact that
the formwork is used on a
repetitive basis for up to 50 reuses per kit; this results in the cost
of the formwork being amortized over the construction of 50 units.
- Labour intensive
- Skilled labour
- Mortar shrinkage
- Thermal expansion
- Erratic supplies =
- Slow delivery
- Unpredictable cash
- Increased cost
By combing the re-usable,
patented, recyclable lightweight plastic injection moulded concrete formwork
system, with a South African Bureau of Standards approved lightweight
aerated mortar, Agrément Certificate 94/231, a full scale mould of the
designed house is configured with all the services, both plumbing and
electrical, are cast in situ as a monolithic reinforced walling system.
Chasing, beam filling, plastering and wastage are eliminated, producing
a fast track, cost effective, transferable construction technology.
In simple terms, has:
- A constant supply
- Known costs
- Next to no waste
- Reduced cost
- Consistent quality
- Predictable cash
Over and above these
- a recipient of the
South African Bureau of Standards Design for Development Award and
aims at providing millions of people around the world to obtain
equity in their country by providing them with homes that are of a
high standard and at a reduced cost.
- is a unique
patented plastic injection moulded form work system, which produces
cast-in-place mortar structures.
- a fast, simple,
adaptable and a low construction cost technological building system.
- suitable for all
types of buildings, yet it is highly suited for use in mass housing
markets, without compromising quality.
indigenous materials to produce high standard permanent structures
that are earthquake, cyclone and tsunami resistant.
- unique in that it
forms all the walls in a building simultaneously. At the same time,
it brings to field construction all the benefits of a factory
assembly line - quality work, by unskilled workers at a maximum rate
- versatile and
allows for easy adaptation to varied design specifications, whether
they are schools, homes, clinics or factories whist maintaining
design aesthetics for social acceptability.
- promotes a high
standard in the construction industry.
- successful in
alleviating many of the logistical problems facing the construction
of affordable repetitive housing projects.
- creates a high
production output capacity.
- facilitates the
possibility for many in situ structures to be built in just one day.
- amortized over
many re-uses, reducing the cost of construction and transportation
- far outweighs
poorly designed and costly concrete-block and masonry structures, as
they often fail to timeously meet the requirements of mass housing
- does not rely on
traditional skilled labour and can employ the local indigenous
- train local
contractors and entrepreneurs to use our technology and, in turn,
empowering communities to build quality structures. Jobs are created
within the community and members become participants in the
construction of their homes.
- Holistic building
- Ease of use
reinforced walling system
- Fast track, cost
effective, transferable construction technology
- Use as
raft foundation | floating raft
foundation | reinforced foundation