Lafarge announced the SANS 266 SABS certification of its highly successful Gypsum Plasterboard range.


Lafarge South Africa’s (SA) Gypsum business line recently announced the SANS 266 certification of its renowned Gypsum Plasterboard range. The Lafarge Group, a world-leader in building materials, aims to develop innovative products and services that are able to create better environments for people, and better connected, more durable cities.

The SABS certification was a result of months of dedicated effort and collaboration between the technical and Roodekop production teams to ensure that the Lafarge Gypsum quality management system is now certified equivalent to ISO9002.

“The SANS 266 SABS mark is a product certification by an independent SANS-accredited body certifying that all products supplied will always comply to all the requirements of the product specification: SANS 266: South African National Standards: Plasterboards. – Jean-Paul Crozé, managing director, Lafarge Gypsum

Jean-Paul Crozé, managing director of Lafarge Gypsum, explains that the boards were initially classified into one of three classes: wall or base plasterboards, moisture-resistant plasterboards and fire-rated plasterboards. Properties required to meet the code were dimensional tolerances, taper size and tolerances, rectangularity and tolerances, breaking load in both directions, paper-to-core bond and surface appearance.

“Over and above this, the moisture-resistant plasterboards were tested for total water absorption, which must be less than 5%; and surface water absorption, which must be less than 160g/m²,” he says, adding that the fire-rated plasterboards have also been tested for core adhesion at high temperatures. “A strip of board is suspended and subjected to loading while being exposed to a test temperature of 970oC or ±40oC. The board must support this load without collapsing for a period of at least 30 minutes,” says Crozé.

Lafarge Gypsum is the first company in South Africa to be awarded the SABS mark. The certification follows on the heels of the SABS-approved Lafarge Master Grid, which replaced the previous Gridlock ceiling product. Jacques Gouws, Lafarge Gypsum’s sales and marketing director, says: “Following months of product development, the features and benefits of the SABS-approved Lafarge Plaster Grid and Suspended Grid ceiling are at a new level of innovation. As with all our products, the key to building better cities starts with the safety and efficacy of building materials.”

Raising the bar

The SANS 2001: EC1: South African National Standard: Construction Works: Ceilings, Partitions and Access Flooring construction standards require that all plasterboards comply with SANS 266. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has sanctioned the SABS as the official standards body in South Africa – therefore certified products also carry a higher standing with the organisation and with regard to tenders, especially large government projects. The South African National Building Regulations Act also requires building owners to verify legal compliance, so using SABS-approved products reduces the risk for building owners.

Lafarge focuses on providing products that are safe for the environment and communities as a contribution towards building better cities, more durable cities, more compact cities, more connected cities and more beautiful cities.

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