- Just like stone construction, except one uses chunks of old waste concrete
- Local urbanite is collected and sourced from demolition and dump sites. The urbanite can be broken up and sorted using locally sourced unskilled labour.
- This building technique supports skills transfers and entrepreneur initiatives.
- Minimizes the use of new concrete.
- Is a very low maintenance material.
- Aesthetically pleasing and ages very well, looking like stone of first appearance.
- Can be used to clean up the environment, by harvesting urbanite from illegal dumps.
- Reduces the amount of waste going into landfill sites and reduces and can help to clean up illegal dumping in the environment
- Turns waste into a resource.
- Similarly to stone, it will have a high thermal mass, which can be used to buffer the extremes of temperature.
- Can be used to create extra jobs at a local level.
- Properly built urbanite is an extremely durable material.
- Urbanite has a high thermal mass, which can be used to buffer the extremes of temperature.
Company Track record and examples of work:
- Alterations & Additions to House Bezuidenhout - Pinelands, Cape Town, 2012– 2013
- OR Tambo Narrative & Enviro Centre – consulting, Leeupan, Johannesburg, 2011 - 2012