The use of a building materials system such as RamBrick™ shows a responsible attitude towards the environment, but also makes economic and social sense.
Below are some of the reasons why the product and the system have some impressive all-round benefits:
Cost effective in terms of input costs. Extensive tests showed that the RamBrick™ system will save between 10% and 15% on construction costs compared to conventional hollow concrete block methods, and more than 40% savings compared to clay brick methods.
Environmental benefits: using only 5% cement. This translates into at least 20 tons of CO2 saved per 40m2 built.
Thermal efficiency: 10%-20% more efficient than traditional brick and mortar homes based on thermal efficiency or R-Rating, and even higher thermal performance based on the thermal mass effect (the ability of a material to absorb, store and later release heat).
Reduced construction time due to ease of the brick laying process (around 10% reduction in construction time).
Design advantage: RamBrick™ creates a standard 90 degrees cross-over on corners (other eco-products and conventional products need concrete reveals on corners to hide cut edges).
No plaster required: A RamBrick™ wall can be used without a plaster, with only a coating system. Competing products require plastering to ensure water proofing.
Compliance to South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) compressive strength criteria.
RamBrick™ System process benefits
Cost effective: in terms of capital investment and operations
Environment-friendly: uses waste matter that would otherwise end up in landfill, including builder’s rubble
Water wise: No water required for manufacture of the bricks
Reduced handling and transport costs: a mobile system that means manufacturing is situated close to building needs.
Simplicity and quick training: the bricklaying process to use the system can be taught to unskilled staff over a two-day training programme. Operation of the brick-making equipment taught to manufacturers in a five-day course.
Agrément certification for the manufacturing process, including approval within the guidelines of the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC).
Municipalities, or developers and manufacturers will benefit from major cost savings by employing the RamBrick™ system. We estimate that landfill diversion cost savings alone will pay off the equipment within a year.
In addition to the savings relating to the disposal of soil and rubble waste, direct cost savings of up to 45% on construction could be possible.
Comfort and Benefits
Eco Standards Specification