The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) continues to champion the cool reflective coating industry to ensure its sustainability. A daunting stumbling block has been the lack of affordable product performance laboratory testing for South African manufacturers of reflective coatings. The prohibitively expensive testing available abroad, has resulted in a decrease in interest from entrepreneurs, especially SMMEs.
SANEDI and the THERMAL INSULATION PRODUCTS and SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION SOUTH AFRICA (TIPSASA) have been collaborating for several years, to establish a third party, independent laboratory to serve South Africa, the SADAC region and the African continent at a greatly reduced cost, relative to international laboratory testing.
Via the SANEDI/TIPSASA collaboration, SANEDI Energy Efficiency Programme has thus contributed one million, one hundred and fifty thousand rand to equipping the SANEDI Cool Surfaces product testing division within the TIPSASA, passive -energy efficient insulation lab.
The energy efficiency building envelop product testing laboratory is a few short months away from being fully operational, with some key testing already underway, with plans to expand as demand for product testing for the built environment is rapidly growing.