SA Affordable Housing November / December 2016 // Issue: 61 - Page 33

ADVERTORIAL Aloe Ridge, which will house an anticipated 4 000 people, consists of 952 two-bedroom apartments in three-story walk-ups separated into two villages. “We want to create micro-communities within these villages as a way of creating a sense of place,” he says. “These micro-communities are defined by articulating internal courtyard-style layouts. Here we anticipate the residents will form communities supported by the central courtyard space. Each community will have an individual relationship within the courtyard and a broader relationship to those living within the rest of the housing development.” To reinforce the broader relationship, Govender and his team created a major, central green space which can house related facilities for the entire community such as a community centre or crèche. “Essentially, we want to create a more effective social housing scheme by incorporating micro-communities and green spaces that will evolve into a more pleasant living environment.” In line with new building regulations SANS 10400, Govender says that heat pumps are installed in all units as well as insulation within the roof spaces. Allin Dangers, Corobrik’s director of sales for KwaZuluNatal and Eastern Cape, says that the selection of facebrick further reduces temperature regulation costs because of its incredible thermal properties. “The thermal insulation properties of our facebrick mitigates the need for artificial heating and cooling, which is particularly important for the Pietermaritzburg climate,” explains Dangers. “The sound insulation properties also ensure a harmonious living environment for all residents while the enhanced fire resistance creates a safe living space.” In addition, Dangers says the aesthetic quality of facebrick means it is a sought-after product, particularly in the social housing arena. “It is important that every apartment feels like home for the residents, that it is somewhere they are proud to call home. Corobrik’s facebrick range meets this need every time.” AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016 31