THE quality, cost and time efficiencies of innovative building technology outweighs any and all of the traditional brick and mortar values. This said however, it is a method of building that is taking time to become entrenched in the South African building industry.
What is needed is a paradigm shift towards an environmentally conscious mindset which Marley Building Systems is actively motivating.
Innovative building technology is an alternative, energy efficient method of building that has been used for decades of years in the US, Europe and Australia.
South Africa is still in the early stages in relation to its international counterparts, however, the country’s burgeoning energy and water crises will undoubtedly expedite the demand for this seamless dry construction building system.
Clarence Kachipande, Marley Building Systems’ Specifying Manager: Commercial, said: “Innovation is a key focus area for Marley Building Systems and we believe that innovative building technology will increasingly play a significant role in the delivery and provision of critical built environment infrastructure.”
Recently, the South African government passed a resolution that 60% of all new social infrastructure projects are to use such alternatives, meaning the usage of building materials other than brick and mortar.
Marley Building Systems’ alternative building technology solution comprises galvanised steel of minimal 0.8mm gauge thickness, resulting in load bearing and strengths of up to 550mpa. The 89mm X 41mm C-section profile has studs spaced at either 400mm or 600mm centres, depending on the structural requirements.
The innovative building technology structure can be clad internally or externally using the full basket of Marley Building Systems product offerings, starting with Kalsi fibre cement boards, an external water resistant material. The insulation is inserted between the studs and the internal cladding, with 15mm Siniat Fire Check plasterboard, meets the fire safety performance requirements of the built structure while achieving a perfect finish.
The initial design of the innovative building technology structure has to be fulfilled by a professional such as an architect or engineer. The plumbing and electrical designs are submitted by the respective professionals and then collated by the architect. On completion of the design, a structural engineer is required to certify the structure.
Marley Building Systems’ innovative building technology solutions offer a number of distinctive advantages, including:
- Greater flexibility in spatial design than conventional building materials.
- Buildings can easily be extended without major costs, and most material can be reused.
- Superior fire resistance, thermal comfort and acoustical performance.
- A fast and effective add-on storey extension solution to existing buildings (masonry or steel frame) with little to no interference to the structure or its users.
- Internal layouts can be easily reconfigured by shifting walls at a later stage.