about us

The RamBrick™ system creates quality building blocks for housing and other buildings.  Using the system means helping to save on landfill needs, creating job opportunities through skills development, and combating climate change.

How does it work?

USE-IT developed the expertise and know-how to use building rubble and soil destined for landfill to make sustainable and low embodied-energy building bricks for housing and commercial developments. Several production units were built in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape using the RamBrick™ system.

  • The mix: RamBrick™ is the first, and currently the only, local conventional building material manufactured from 95% recycled materials: waste soil and recycled builder’s rubble. The bricks are composed of 25% mixed inert builder’s waste, 5% cement stabilising agent, and about 70% soil, depending on the soil type available. The mix enables the RamBrick™ to fully comply with innovative building technologies and energy-efficient building guidelines.

  • The equipment and sizing: Appropriate heavy-duty brick manufacturing machinery sourced from Texas (USA) is currently used to compress the soil, mixed waste and cement stabiliser mixture into the compressed earth bricks (CEBs) that we refer to as the RamBrick™ system.

 

The machines produce various types of brick sizes for both interior and exterior walls. The current RamBrick™ manufactured CEBs have dimensions of 180 x 356 x 88 mm, which is used for both interior and exterior walls for the South African housing industry. The wider brick dimensions are 256 x 356 x 88 mm and are generally used for double-storey buildings and industrial projects. 

  • Future plans: The planned local manufacturing of our brickmaking machinery will further contribute to cost-effectiveness while adding additional sizes to the bricks that can be made, including the standard South African sized imperial brick of 140 x 356 x 88mm.

The RamBrick™ system was developed through USE-IT, a multi-award winning NGO that is recognised internationally for their innovation in waste beneficiation technologies and products. 

The Managing Director of RamBrick™ is Chris Whyte, who has extensive experience in the field of innovative, waste beneficiation solutions.

USE IT Projects (Pty) Limited was registered in 2016 to provide a solid BEE platform and further assist project development and commercialisation of key projects that can unlock the development of the green economy in the country. The majority partner is Mr Bheka Luthuli, a prominent businessman.​

RamBrick™ structure and management

The Management Team

Chris Whyte

Managing Director

Chris specialises in developing circular economy opportunities through waste.  The RamBrickTM project is one of the flagship developments in USE-IT and was conceptualised, researched and initiated by Chris for its potential in diverting and adding value to the biggest fraction of waste in South African landfills – waste soil and builders rubble. Chris manages the team running the project and is constantly innovating and developing new applications, designs and products for sustainable green construction.

Didier d'Hotman

Project Manager

Didier d’Hotman is the project manager and coordinator based in the Western Cape. He is qualified as a civil engineer and project management with varied experience in the field of building, civil, business and project management. His passion for innovation guided him to new compressed earth brick project now the Rambrick ™. This revolutionary building system was pioneered, developed and certified for the African condition under his guidance with the support of his technical team.

Hopewell Ngcobo

Production Manager

Hopewell is an in house trained site manager. He started off as a general labourer and has progressed learning all aspects related to production and quality of the Rambrick.

Tim Bettany

Operations Manager

Tim uses his skills in mechanical,electrical and project operations to ensure smooth and cost effective operation of the Rambrick facilities. As well as customer liaison and research and development to improve productivity furthering the vision and concept of waste utilization to create sustainable development.

Belinda Putterill

Office Manager

Belinda forms part of the Team as the Office and Administrations Manager, based in Hillcrest and provides service to the Management Team and USE-IT NPO.  Belinda has experience in project management and many years as an assistant to senior executives within the geotechnical, environmental and construction Industries.

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RamBrick™ gratefully acknowledges the guidance and support of the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI).  The support was given after the USE-IT Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs) that were subsequently rebranded RamBrick™ won the CCDI’s the Better Living Challenge in the Structural Home category in 2015.   The Better Living project is an official project of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) programme. 

 

For more information about this programme, click here. 

 

This assistance by the CCDI  has been invaluable in further developing the RamBrick™ process, and contributed among others in our system also winning the Gold Award for Recycling and Waste Management at the Eco-Logic Awards for 2015

RamBrick™ CCDI and Better Living Challenge

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© 2016 by Rambrick™ Proudly created by USE-IT NPO

Suite 8, Bristol House

1A Shongweni Road

Hillcrest, 3650

Tel: +27 31 765 2349

Email: info@use-it.co.za

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