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Background:

  • Some of the earth’s oldest structures are constructed of stone
  • Local stone is collected and sourced from farms, road cuttings, quarries etc, stone is cut and sorted using local labour.
  • This building technique supports skills transfers and entrepreneur initiatives.

Benefits:

  • The material can often be sourced from one’s local environment.
  • It is usually extremely durable and a very low maintenance material.
  • With the correct skills, it can be built without the use of cement.
  • Aesthetically very pleasing and ages very well.

Technical Information:

  • Properly built stone is an extremely durable material.
  • Stone has a high thermal mass, which can be used to buffer the extremes of temperature.
  • Company Track record/examples of work:
  • OR Tambo Narrative & Enviro Centre – Leeupan, Johannesburg, 2010 - 2012
  • House Eglin, 2009 – 2011, Gqnube Green Eco Village, East London
  • Mamre Tourism Information Centre, Mamre, Western Cape, 2009 – 2010
  • House Morris, Barrydale, the Karoo, 2008
  • 7 Fountains Primary School, Shyamaya Township, Kokstad, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 2007
  • Upgrade of Nieuwoudteville Caravan Park 2004-2007, Namaqualand – Won silver 2005 in the Holcim Awards for sustainable Construction in the Africa Middle East region.
  • House McConnel - Betty’s Bay, Western  Cape, 2005
  • House Brodie - Scarbourgh, Cape Peninsular, 2003
  • Mud Gallery - R62 Barrydale, the Karoo, 2001
  • House Patience - Greyton, cape Province, 2002
  • House Salters – Teslaarsdal, Western Cape, 1999
  • House Prinsloo - Elands Bay, Cape West Coast,1998
 

We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

All our manuals are also now available as E-Book downloads. Click here for the E-Books.