Lafarge South Africa, subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, has a well-established reputation for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services. From September to November, the company is presenting road shows throughout the country to demonstrate to customers how its Efficient Building Systems (EBS) approach to product development implements the Group's ambition of ‘Building better cities'.
"Our innovative products are focused on addressing customers' needs for efficient, more productive construction methodologies, while meeting society's need for more durable and beautiful concrete structures," said Sal Govender, Lafarge South Africa's National Marketing Manager - Readymix, at the inaugural road show in Nelspruit. "EBS provides solutions to meet key criteria for sustainable building: Energy efficiency, Carbon dioxide (CO2) performance, Cost optimisation and End-user design."
Affordable, fast construction
For the rollout of EBS at Nelspruit, 42 guests comprising architects, consulting engineers, construction companies and retailers, were taken by bus to projects that illustrated the range of solutions provided by Lafarge. These included the Rob Ferreira Hospital and Kiaat Private Hospital, which used Lafarge Agilia® to cast columns faster, without the need for vibration and allowed more rapid demoulding. Agilia® also provided excellent off-shutter finishes that required minimal remedial work. The elimination of some traditional building steps and faster working enhanced productivity and enabled cost optimisation.
Energy efficient aesthetics
Other Lafarge solutions for the hospitals included the production of hygienic, marble-smooth floors with Lafarge ArteviaTM Polish, using the Lafarge placing and finishing services.
An aspect that few of the guests had appreciated was that in addition to its high calibre aesthetic appearance, ArteviaTM Polish improves the thermal efficiency of a building, compared with many other floor finishing systems. Heat is absorbed from equipment and occupants during the day and releasing it at night, while a building stays cooler longer during the mornings, delaying or even eliminating the need for air conditioning.
Designing for the end-user
The guests visited Mbombela Sports Stadium, which used over 90 000 m³ of Lafarge Readymix concrete, including solutions for piling and early strength gain concrete for casting the seating.
The N4 freeway that the guests travelled on incorporated the country's first specialised road binder, RoadCem, which had been developed by Lafarge South Africa to meet the needs of road contractors. Lunch in the Ilanga Mall was fitting as Lafarge had supplied 35 000 m³ of concrete for its construction, including the innovative Agilia®. Other projects in and around Nelspruit that featured Lafarge solutions were the Honda and Nissan dealership buildings, and the Audi dealership.
Building for people
"Throughout South Africa, the trend to urbanisation is placing huge demands on our municipalities and the skills of everyone in the construction chain," comments Alta Theron, Lafarge South Africa's Country Marketing Manager. "We work with architects, specifiers, developers and contractors to develop more efficient building systems. Our technical skill at innovation is contributing solutions for building better cities that will be desirable places for all our people."
NOTES TO EDITORS
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. 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. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com / www.lafarge.co.za
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