Transforming affordable housing – brick by brick

by Darren
Tranforming affordable housing

Corobrik is supplying face bricks for 500 homes to be built as part of the government’s Lindelani Youth Build Project.

With the government’s endorsement of the cost and superior performance benefits of clay brick construction for affordable housing well expressed, Corobrik’s support for this direction was cemented with the donation of two homes to disadvantaged women from the informal settlement of Lindelani in Kimberley.

Domestic worker Annie Motlhodiemang (53) and Moseki Shenovia, representing a child-headed household, were among 76 families to receive the keys to their new homes in the first phase of the Lindelani Youth Build Project, an initiative launched on Youth Day last year.

Corobrik is supplying face bricks for 500 homes, each 42m² in size, which will see the informal settlement transformed into a suburb. So far 250 face brick homes with disability-friendly toilets have been built, with the remainder due for completion later this year. More than 90 youth volunteers from the area are involved in the joint initiative between the national Department of Human Settlements, the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs and the local municipality.

An affordable building material
The move to clay brick construction for affordable housing comes off the back of a growing body of evidence of clay bricks cost efficiencies as built and enduring life time value in house construction.

This building material is proven affordable for sustainable subsidy housing and stands in a unique space when it comes to its manifold benefits”, says Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s commercial director. “Clay bricks’ durability, pleasing natural colour and low maintenance properties are complemented by their thermal efficiency and contribution to lower energy costs throughout the life of the building. It is importantly an uplifting lifestyle statement for the residents of Lindelani. Clay brick is universally acknowledged as an aspirational product which evokes unconscious feelings of comfort, satisfaction and wellbeing for home owners.”  
Shangase highlights that it was evident that house owners cared that their new homes were of good quality and attractive in appearance. They were also grateful that they won’t ever have to paint the outside walls and that they would save on energy costs.

“The robustness of fired clay bricks, together with the noise and fire resistance qualities, also provides safety and security for the occupants and their possessions,” he adds. “In addition, the high thermal mass inherent in double-skin clay brick cavity walls helps to keep the inside of the homes cool in summer and warm in winter, an important factor in the Northern Cape with its widely fluctuating temperatures,” Shangase says.

Meeting sustainable development criteria
The Breaking New Grounds (BNG) homes, the new term for RDP housing, are being constructed using Corobrik’s Nebraska Travertine Light clay bricks with double-skin brickwork.  

“A double-skinned face brick home successfully meets the three sustainable development requirements, namely economic, social and environmental,” Shangase states. “This is why the government has chosen face brick for the Lindelani homes as a means of uplifting the informal settlement.
“We believe this project has provided a benchmark against which future BNG housing will be measured.”

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