Technical - Design

This Technical Note includes guidance related to the design, construction and maintenance of pavements constructed of brick pavers that will serve all users, including those with disabilities and... more
The Britten Pears Archive in Suffolk, England was designed to preserve composer Benjamin Britten’s comprehensive archive and serve as a public exhibition space. The building protects the world-class... more
There is been growing world-wide concern for energy conservation, the reduction of greenhouse gases and sustainability. In Australia, it is estimated that 39% of the end energy usage in domestic... more
Energy efficient building standards tend to focus on the thermal resistance requirements of the envelope, whilst the benefits of the thermal capacity present in masonry construction, are less... more
Greenhouse Gas Emission Baselines and Reduction Potentials from Buildings in South Africa was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative.
This Technical Note discusses sustainability and sustainable design and their relationship to brick use and recycling. The use of brick masonry is an appropriate choice for achieving several elements... more
The objective of the Technical Note is to provide a concise explanation of the walling provisions in the SANS204 standard, and indicate how this can be used to the advantage of end-users/owners. SA... more
When choosing face brick, make sure that the material is strong, hard-wearing and weather-resistant, so as to withstand the local exposure conditions. Certain face bricks may not be suited to... more
An investigation into sustainable thermal insulation solutions for clay masonry walling that comply with present South African Regulatory Standards and requirements.
Green Star SA is a rating system used to assess the design and construction of various building types, from an environmental and human health perspective, and is developed by the Green Building... more
Publications around the principles of Sustainable Development are reviewed. Articles published during the proceedings of SB10 and SB11, and earlier articles published by on the topic of... more
A review of the Energetics Life Cycle Assessment for Clay Brick Masonry Walling in Australia, as well as research papers presented at the Sustainability Conferences SB10 & SB11, in addition to... more
Concepts are explained and the definitions of Thermal Resistance and Thermal Capacity, as well as the formulae for the calculation thereof, are provided.
A review of articles published in 'Sustainability Conferences' and developed for the Clay Brick Association as a summary of other significant works that contribute towards the case of masonry walling... more
Review of Health Aspects in Buildings as pertain to VOCs and Clay Brick Masonry Walling
A discussion paper on the 'Life Cycle Assessment of Masonry Walling' to be conducted by the Clay Brick Association of South Africa (CBA). The job creation, both direct and indirect, and the... more
This Excel spreadsheet will allow you to calculate your R Value. To comply with the SABS recent SANS 10400 XA regulations, the building control officer will require the architect/developer to provide... more
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED certification provides independent verification... more
The Study objective was to identify amongst a set of walling types which of these solutions and construction methodologies provide the best balance between first cost, lifecycle cost, thermal comfort... more
Edition 1 of the SANS 204 series of standards contains Deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) requirements that make a distinction between walls based on minimum “surface density”, requirements, quantified as “kg/... more
Passive Solar Design aims at realising thermal comfort in a building through correct design and operating it with nature in mind. By combining natural energy, from elements like heat from the sun,... more
This leaflet was prepared for the Master Builders Association. It covers insulation in open rafter roof assembly, insulation in concealed rafter roof assembly, under surface bed and cavity wall... more