Informal settlements and communities do get affected by disasters. During risk assessments a community can be identified as an “at risk community” such as communities within flood zones, fire prone or in high dolomite areas. CREBUS, in conjunction with DMS NPC, local authorities and town planners work on alternative suitable sites to rapidly design, deploy and build using alternative construction methods.
A Complete Solution
The Ikhaya Futurehouse System (IFHS) is a quick to build, lightweight and thermally insulating walling and slab system, that is supplied in panels and is fully customisable. It offers superior structural integrity to traditional methods of construction while addressing energy efficiency (buildings are cooler in summer and warmer in winter).
Futurehouse was established in 2006 after extensive research into alternative building systems worldwide. Futurehouse has widespread acceptability and a strong track record with constructions in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.
This solution offers a complete range of products and services that complements the walling system. Products include walling panels, suspended floor and roof slabs, insulated ceilings, as well as, plastering, paint and finishing systems. Services include on-site training, engineering and construction consultancy.
Materials of the future
With the new SANS 204 and 10400-XA legislation, South Africans will be forced to meet certain energy efficiency and environmental requirements. The IFHS building system is fully compliant with this new legislation. All materials for this solution are sourced in South Africa and our manufacturing is done entirely in South Africa.
This solution is Eco Friendly, sustainable, saving building time, saving energy expenditure and making buildings more comfortable to live in.
This solution’s walling system is made of a pre-fabricated panel with a high density, expanded polystyrene core encapsulated in high tensile steel galvanised wire mesh.
Panels are supplied in standard sizes; 1.2m wide x 2.5, 2.75 and 3m height. Custom heights can be made to order up to a maximum of 6m height / length.
Slab panels can be used for floor slabs of varying spans.
The solution’s Slab System comprises a panel with the same profile and mesh reinforcing as the walling panel but with two channels cut out of the EPS which, with additional reinforcing rebar, create beams when cast with concrete.
Thermapanel is an expanded polystyrene sheet with tongue and grooved edges to fit tight together for the thermal insulation of underground floor concrete slabs, cavity brick walls and above conventional ceilings.
Plaster Application Equipment
This solution directly supplies locally manufactured handheld plaster spraying machines which are inexpensive and run off a small compressor. For larger projects Futurehouse can also advise on automated, more industrial plaster spraying machines.
Skimplast is water based acrylic plaster solution to which plaster sand is added to make a flexible, impact resistant, maintenance free, natural looking, thin finish plaster coat. Skimplast takes on the colour of the plaster sand used but can also be pigmented to increase the colour options.