The Bullfrog Pan residential project demonstrates how to build an upmarket, energy-efficient and sustainable home using alternative building materials and systems.

In an effort to explore how to build an upmarket, energy-efficient and sustainable home using alternative building materials and systems, first-time home builders, Ryan and his father Patrick Fitzgerald, used their own residence as pilot project.

Situated in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, the home was designed to maximise the space and capture the breath-taking views of Bullfrog Pan. Architect Brent Rahme from Quintessential Design also set out to showcase the abilities of the building materials from leading interior building solutions group, Saint-Gobain Gyproc, including the newly launched HabitoTM.

High-strength drywall
HabitoTM is an industry-first, high-strength drywall with superior load-bearing quality that absorbs knocks and bumps and dramatically reduces wear and tear.

“The reason why I chose this building method, is because I believe in the system. I’ve been exposed to it before, and it is comfortable for building and living. The walls are aesthetically pleasing and it’s a nice monolithic look. The HabitoTM Walls are fully skimmed with RhinoLite Multipurpose plaster, and the walls are smooth and straight,” says homeowner Ryan Fitzgerald.

Rahme adds that the HabitoTM Walls are much denser and do not break under their own weight, as a standard plasterboard does. There is also very little wastage during the construction process, while the finish quality of the board is excellent.

Installation
Garry Hoey from RazorBill, the main contractor, and Louw du Plessis from LSF Building Solutions, sub-contractors on the project, were both excited about working with innovative materials.

“Although the installation is slower due to the board being much harder, the benefit of hanging anything onto HabitoTM Walls is amazing,” says Du Plessis. “You don’t need a stud locator to find specific studs and you can hang anything just where you like it. The installation of the built-in cupboards directly onto HabitoTM was easy and rapid, contributing to an efficient installation. If I were to build a house for myself, I would definitely use HabitoTM in it.”
 
Thermal comfort
HabitoTM boards also provide acoustic and thermal comfort by minimising noise transmissions between rooms and enhancing the thermal properties to create a home that is warm in winter and cool in summer. The Bullfrog Pan home requires no air-conditioning or additional heating, even though it is predominantly west-facing.

Cleaner air
Activ’Air, another revolutionary Gyproc plasterboard installed in this home, improves indoor air quality by permanently reducing formaldehyde, even after multiple renovations. It is a passive system which is more effective than additional ventilation. This helps to create a comfortable living space with improved health as a result.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc
Tel: 011 345 5300
Website: www.gyproc.co.za

Building systems used:
•    Habito™.
•    Gyproc Gyptone Big line 6 with Activ’Air.
•    Gyproc Moisture Resistant Boards.
•    Isover Cavitybatt Insulation.
•    Isover Aerolite Insulation.
•    Weber ETICS External Cladding System.

Caption: This Bullfrog Pan residence was built using innovative building materials and systems from Saint-Gobain Gyproc, including the newly launched Habito™ high-strength drywall.