FEATURES Building with bricks: down with costs, up with quality Brick is one of the most popular building materials in the affordable housing sector but a brick isn’t just a brick. We chat to various industry role players to see how to save costs when using bricks without compromising on quality. By Ilana Koegelenberg RDP house in Lindelani Kimberley. Image: Corobrik TIPS FOR KEEPING COSTS DOWN The maintenance factor plays a very important role when deciding what material to use, says Musa Shangase, Corobrik commercial director. Clay face brick does not require any further maintenance once built, hence it saves you money over the long term. “Clay pavers are made to the highest quality standards and similar to clay face brick will not change in colour once laid,” says Shangase. “It also important to choose the right contractor with experience in laying clay face brick and paving to prevent workmanship challenges over the long term.” It is important that you get professional assistance when 18 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING costing your development to make sure that you have accurate figures in your budget. “Also ensure that the correct quality product is specified upfront to avoid cheaper alternatives being built without your knowledge,” advises Shangase. “In addition it is important to ensure that the building and paving is done correctly and on time to avoid more costs.” QUALITY MATTERS “Use the best quality product available – the brick should be of consistent dimensions and size overall,” advises Quintin Booysen, sales and marketing manager at Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA). See page 20 for more.