SA Affordable Housing July / August 2018 // Issue: 71 - Page 18

ADVERTORIAL - COVER STORY THE BENEFITS OF A LONG-TERM APPROACH Altruism and a long-term approach very rarely apply to public sector housing contractors, who win tenders based on the lowest price. Government and municipal buyers need to protect low-income homeowners from the long-term expense of an unaffordable, high- maintenance home. Revised SANS 10400-XA building regulations currently under development, require higher thermal performance standards. Designing and building for sustainability is more cost-effective than retrofitting after construction. When a building is energy efficient, the cost to residents is greatly reduced, increasing the affordability of home ownership (Schweitzer, 2016). “As we move forward into the future, we hope to see this trend towards sustainable, environmentally-friendly buildings in our urban areas,” concludes Lamont. Averaged across South Africa, the CBA’s Social Life Cycle Assessment found that: • Four jobs are created per million bricks produced. • 74% of supplies to brick manufacturers are provided by SMMEs. • R6.50 is spent on community development per 1 000 bricks produced. “No matter where a construction site is located there will be trained, local bricklayers to complete the project,” explains Lamont. It is estimated that about 200 000 people are directly employed across the building industry as brick makers, brick layers and plasterers.” To support local skills development, free technical manuals on bricklaying best practice are available at: www.claybrick.org. Clay brick outperforms the majority of other walling systems in terms of thermal comfort, making it a cost-effective, long-term investment. REDUCING CLAY BRICK INDUSTRY’S CARBON FOOTPRINT The South African National Development Plan sets a clear vision with regards to sustainability – to build ‘an environmentally sustainable, climate-change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society’. In alignment with these goals, the CBA has launched a three-year sustainability programme, co-funded by the European Union and coordinated by Switch Africa Green. Its focus is to promote inclusive sustainable practices in the South African clay brick sector. The programme encompasses several projects expected to reduce the use of fossil fuel during brick manufacture, as well as introduce education and research initiatives for informal brickmakers. For more information, go to The Clay Brick Association of South Africa at: www.claybrick.org. Communicare’s Bothasig Gardens is a social housing development setting a new standard for integrated human settlements. 16 JULY - AUGUST 2018 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING