Saint-Gobain ceilings and insulation improve lives in KZN.

Saint-Gobain is actively making a difference to the communities in the Madadeni Township in Newcastle and in Illovo Durban South. Through their selfless contribution to two projects, they aim to improve living conditions through the provision of ceilings and insulation in homes.    

A regular home loses up to 35% of its energy through an uninsulated roof, and gains the same amount of energy in summer. By specifying thermal insulation in the design of all new buildings in combination with energy saving techniques, it is possible to save up to 78% of a building’s energy consumption for both heating and cooling.

Until recently, in Breaking New Ground (BNG) and RDP housing developments, houses were most often built with a roof without ceilings or insulation.

South Africa’s escalating energy crises has resulted in the need to find innovative ways to save electricity in homes. To address this, the SABS has published new legislation on energy efficiency in buildings. The best way to insulate a home according to the implemented standards and guidelines is to fit an insulated ceiling.

Woman’s Build – Newcastle KZN
Saint-Gobain recently partnered with the Department of Human Settlements in their annual Woman’s Build project, which was held during August as part of Women’s month, in the Madadeni Township, with the official hand over conducted by Mr Tokyo Sexwale, minister of Human Settlements.

The project is unique as only female contractors are employed, assisted by volunteers in the community to build homes for elderly women. Gyproc and Isover donated ceiling and insulation materials for the five homes that were built for the 2012 project.

“It was incredibly humbling to view the homes built by women for women, homes with ceilings, a luxury none of the recipients of the homes had ever experienced before,” said Siphele Gumede of Saint-Gobain.

Illovo project – Durban South KZN
Saint-Gobain succeeded in convincing the municipality of EThekwini to commit to funding the installation of ceilings and insulation into Phase 1 of their 18 800m2 affordable housing project in Illovo.

The legislation published by the SABS now stipulates the installation of ceilings and insulation, and is no longer considered a luxury in housing development projects.  

“We are very grateful to all parties who recognized the long-term benefits to residents and the mounting energy crises in South Africa, by reducing the current electricity usage through the installation of ceilings and insulation in the housing development. Saint-Gobain is pleased to be able to make a difference through our contribution to the affordable housing project and in so doing improved the quality of the lives of the people in Illovo,” explained Gumede.

Leading interior building solutions group, Saint-Gobain Gyproc strives to make a difference in the lives of South Africans through the provision of lightweight building materials and energy conserving RhinoBoard for all interior lining applications, from ceilings to thermal dry lining.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc
Tel: 011 345 5300