High-end Vaal River housing leans toward green living design
Alternative building technology lends itself to green living design with a host of qualities under the banner of innovative, sustainable and complete building solutions.
It was the building method of choice for one home owner who had to rebuild four holiday homes for his family after a fire gutted a number of homes on the Vaal River in September 2015. He opted for the efficiencies of dry construction, utilising light steel frame, KalsiClad 12mm fibre cement cladding and Siniat gypsum board.
Alternative building technology from Marley Building Systems works on a multi-layer concept comprising fibre cement, plasterboard, light steel frame and insulation. On a scale of good, better, best, this lean construction method achieves five star ratings in:
- Mechanical impact performance;
- Mechanical fixing performance;
- Acoustic performance; and
- Fire resistance.
Alternative building technology meets the current SANS10400 legislation from a green building perspective, achieving optimal energy efficiency from the thermal insulation built into the structure. Other performance values for high end specifications can reach 11,72cm in wall thickness, 54db in acoustic performance, and a 30-minute structural fire rating.
It is superior to traditional building methods which can sometimes inhibit the design options available to architects. Our home owner in the Vaal found alternative building technology extremely versatile for his design purposes. He used a mix of mediums, including hot rolled steel for beams, light steel frame for curtain walling and partitions that extend outside, and plenty of glass. Paint and plaster techniques on the Kalsi fibre cement cladding also helped to create a strong aesthetic appeal.
Sustainability and innovation are two sides of the same coin for Marley Building Systems as it pushes forward to exceed industry standards through continually seeking new ways to manufacture products as efficiently as possible. Etex, the Belgian industrial group, global leader in building materials and holding company of Marley Building Systems, commits one percent of the group’s annual sales turnover to research and development. For this reason, Marley Building Systems can offer the market dry construction solutions that are 100% recyclable or recoverable.
The Marley Building Systems design team works alongside engineers on alternative building technology projects to ensure an optimised design. On this home, Marley Building Systems also worked very closely with the contractor on the project, De Wet Nel Construction – an experienced manufacturer of steel structures. (Since this is a project in progress, readers can stay up to date with the development on the Marley Building Systems page on Facebook.)
“We are geared towards the future of dry construction solutions as South Africa and the rest of the Continent transitions from traditional, cumbersome construction to more lightweight, economical and environmentally friendly technology,” says Amanda Nortje, Product Manager for Fibre Cement at Marley Building Systems.
“Our unique and competitive offer capitalises on the building trends of the future.”