Compliance with SANS 204 energy efficiency standards, SANS 266 - which guarantees the product is manufactured in a controlled environment under controlled conditions - as well as Lafarge Plasterboard's listing on ecospecifier, is just part of the company's ongoing commitment to building better cities.
Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, says: "All buildings must pass stringent technical standards to attain the necessary regulatory approvals. Lafarge Plasterboard meets these critical specifications, while still offering architects and interior designers creative flexibility, in keeping with our drive to build world class cities."
With "green" building alternatives a priority, Lafarge Gypsum research and development continues produce sustainability attribute and meet vital security needs and such as fire and moisture resistance. "Whether used in residential housing, hospitals, schools, offices or hotels, Lafarge understands that every product manufactured is ultimately about people," Croze says. "Their safety and comfort plays a huge part in our dedication to meeting and even exceeding technical standards with regard to fire resistance, moisture resistance, thermal insulation, acoustic control, partition solutions or combinations of these features."
Lafarge Gypsum's plasterboard is produced in a number of standard lengths, widths and thicknesses as well as with a variety of characteristics for different uses. The standard plasterboard range is available in 6.4mm, 12mm and 15mm thicknesses, while the fire check boards and moisture check boards are available in 12,5mm and 15mm.
ecospecifier, the leading global source of sustainable development and life-cycle assessed green product information, requires products to exhibit one or more eco- and health-preferable characteristics. Croze says: "Our listing means Lafarge products - including plasterboard, plasters, vinyl tiles and steel products - have undergone an independent and unbiased assessment and are benchmarked against South African and international standards."
The first local plasterboard manufacturer to produce a 15mm plasterboard, Lafarge Gypsum designed it to offer better resistance to damage in high traffic areas. "It requires less maintenance and carries the weight of wall hangings and racks for merchandising, making it ideal for shop fitting," says Croze.
A network of specialised resellers and hardware stores in South Africa and across the continent distribute Lafarge products to ensure broad access to the Lafarge range which, says Croze, provides fully-recyclable plasterboard that reduces energy usage during the building phase and a beautiful finish. "This is about marrying insulation, cost efficiency and health and safety with aesthetics to ensure world class buildings."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.
Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.
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