Construction materials manufacturer Corobrik says it has secured orders for more than 40-million CoroJem face bricks, which will be used in the construction of more than 11 000 affordable homes in the Free State and Northern Cape provinces.
Corobrik MD Dirk Meyer adds that further specifications are also being negotiated.
“Against these orders, we have completed supplies of over five-million bricks to the Free State projects and, next month, we are scheduled to commence delivery to projects at Hartebeesfontein, which is about 30 km from Klerksdorp, in the Northern Cape. It’s pleasing to see this housing segment embracing the sustainable value that this clay face brick offers,” he says.
Meyer states that the Depart-ment of Human Settlements approved the company’s Coro-Jem bricks as a preferred option for building affordable houses.
“Having already noted the performance of our CoroJem Corngold bricks for 448 units at Tigane Township, in Klerksdorp, and a further 1 500 units at Gaanspan, in the Northern Cape, [the department] had good reason to approve our products. “The competitive price, coupled with the high quality of this clay face brick, makes it suitable for the affordable housing segment.”
He further points out that investigations undertaken by environmental and sustainability consultancy WSP Green by Design indicate that a brick building is the most viable way forward for house construction in South Africa.
Meyer adds that the life- cycle costs are also low, owing to the maintenance-free qualities of the CoroJem bricks and the thermal performance attributes of clay bricks to slow the transfer of heat through the walls, supporting indoor thermal comfort during hot summer days and low cooling fan energy use.
“The incombustibility and fire-resistant qualities of the product also provide peace of mind for persons living in close proximity to each other,” says Meyer.
He concludes that the CoroJem bricks meet important quality, affordability and sustainability criteria, and fulfil people’s aspirations to live in proper houses.