The belief that homes can be better is what motivated the design behind a recently built model home by Saint-gobain, a company whose philosophy is to invent products that improve quality of life. Named Stand 47, the structure demonstrates environmentally friendly, sustainable, and cost-effective construction methods and building technologies that are available in South Africa right now. The intention was to demonstrate that it’s possible, within these construction guidelines, to build an appealing, contemporary house that can stand the test of time and yet be flexible enough to adapt to the future needs of the inhabitants.
The home was built on a serene, expansive site near a row of long-established trees on Monaghan Farm, a 520-hectare estate and working farm near Lanseria airport in Johannesburg.
The core of the house is a light steel framework, which is said to be 21 times more flexible than timber and 10 times more reinforced than concrete, and resistant to moisture, fire, corrosion, storms, termites and other pests. The construction time is also reduced as it can be assembled rapidly without specialised equipment. Steel is also made from recyclable material and is free of toxicological and allergic effects. There are alternatives to traditional brick-and-mortar
construction and interior solutions company Saint-gobain was determined to demonstrate this
with an innovative concept home
The innovative materials used in the formation of the internal walls comprise products featured in the Saint-gobain catalogue – including Gyproc Activ’air, which actively improves indoor air quality by absorbing up to 70 per cent of formaldehyde, which makes up the largest proportion of volatile organic compounds in the air, and Gypwall Duraline, a high-impact-resistant drywall system that handles heavy traffic areas such as corridors and passages.
In the case of a fire, the survival of occupants greatly depends on their speed of movement, which is why it is vital to buy them time to move to a place of safety. With a core of glass fibre and vermiculite, Gyproc Firestop used at Stand 47 can slow down the spread of flames for up to 120 minutes offering a high level of fire protection.
To answer the needs for drywalling in high-moisture areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms, Gyproc Moistureresistant board which has water repellent additives in the core, was used.
Sound insulation is guaranteed with the help of non-combustible glass wool cavitybatt, which also offers excellent thermal insulation compared to masonry.
Key to these building material choices is the ethos that the home should be changeable and hard wearing, with a capacity to adapt
to new needs and functions, but also efficient and architecturally innovative. The hypothesis is that a better process leads to a better home and the result is a success story that ticks all the boxes, and which ultimately provides inspiration to South Africans looking for alternatives in building materials and methods that focus firmly on the future.
For more information visit stand47.co.za, where you can view a case study and learn more about the Saint-gobain Gyproc products used in the construction of the house.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The home is built using a light steel frame with Saint-gobain materials as infill, making future adaptation and renovation easy; organic materials such as timber have been used to contrast the clean lines of the interior...