Corobrik will be supplying double-skin brickwork for the 500 RDP houses that will be built for the Lindelani Youth Build Project in Kimberley.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently launched the Lindelani Youth Build Project in Kimberley on Youth Day, 16 June. Local brick manufacturer, Corobrik, will be supplying double-skin brickwork for the 500 RDP Enhancement houses that will be built for the project.

Dirk Meyer, managing director at Corobrik, says the specification of double-skin face brick for RDP housing is supported by the findings of the WSP Green by Design research report on the energy modelling of 40m² low-cost houses.

“The research shows that double-skin walling is an enlightened design solution for low-cost housing in South Africa, being cost-effective as built, and with all the lifecycle benefits that come with the durability and robustness of clay brick,” commented Meyer.

Corobrik has already supplied the bricks for the first phase of 153 houses under construction.

The research compared various building systems and showed that clay bricks provide high levels of thermal comfort at an affordable cost. The high thermal mass will be particularly valuable in the Northern Cape (which borders on the Kalahari Desert) with its extreme fluctuations in temperature through the seasons. Not only does this reduce the beneficiaries heating and cooling bills, but it will lessen the pressure on the national energy supply.

Each of the Lindelani houses is a 42m² RDP house with face brick finishes and a tiled roof. They are being constructed using Corobrik’s Nebraska Travertine Light clay bricks from the company’s Lawley factory, with the plaster bricks coming from the Odendaalsrus factory.

Tebogo Bonokwane of the Sol Plaatjie Housing Support Centre, who is the initiating agent and manager of the Lindelani Youth Build Project, said face brick was a popular choice among the beneficiaries of the new RDP homes.

“They are very pleased that their new homes look attractive because of the natural colour of the face brick and that they will never have to spend money on painting the outside walls. Knowing that they will also save on energy costs and that they are living in a good quality house is just as satisfying for them. The community is very happy with this project,” concludes Bonokwane.

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