BUSINESS NEWS - A breakthrough was made in the South African building industry with the recent construction of a luxury home overlooking George's golfing greens.
The walls were erected using an advanced innovative building technology that is bound to challenge conventional thinking while bringing about affordable housing quicker.
The home of Johan and Alida Malan was assembled within weeks using Selcrete™ walling and slab systems. Selcrete™ is manufactured from expanded polystyrene (EPS), cement and water; combined with a unique additive to produce premanufactured load-bearing walls and slabs.
Selcrete™ CEO Graeme Horwood was visibly excited when he oversaw the innovative project.
The construction veteran said, "It has been a lifelong ambition to introduce alternative building materials that will dramatically alter the building industry.
"This is now taking shape here in the Southern Cape where we chose to launch this durable building method that is NHBRC recognised and certified by Agrément SA."
The Malans were delighted when they saw how the main structure of their dream home materialised within weeks.
The home was designed by their architect and neighbour Reinhard Retief. Before being taken to the building site, the panels of the Malans' residence were constructed by pouring the Selcrete™ mix into predesigned moulds.
Last week Horwood watched as a crane hoisted the outer-wall panels onto the foundations of the couple's new dwelling.
He was exhilarated at seeing the first-of-its-kind project come to fruition in the Southern Cape.
"The technology is successfully used in Scandinavia as an alternative to traditional materials – and it is bound to revolutionise the building industry as the cost saving benefits are significant," he says.
* Find out more about Selcrete™ at www.selcrete.co.za.
The company can be contacted at Unit 4 Quayside Office Park, Cnr Hedge & Gordon streets, Knysna, or on 044 382 3329 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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