LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINED SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
[Johannesburg, 29 May 2017]: Hydraform International, the leading alternative building technology company in the developing world since 1988, is well known for its unique interlocking building system which eliminates the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure. Thanks to its mobility, the system has global appeal in developing communities and serious buy-in from both public and private entities committed to economic empowerment.
Making use of the oldest known building material, earth, to produce interlocking soil-cement blocks, Hydraform’s innovative and sustainable building technology is used to build a wide range of buildings, including upmarket housing, low-cost housing, estates, schools, universities, clinics and commercial structures across the world.
Production & construction benefits
This Alternative Building Technology (ABT) makes use of natural raw material (earth) to manufacture a building block stabilised with just 10% cement. The blocks are interlocking, thus eliminating the need for mortar joints in 70% of the structure. This innovation in construction has resulted in an extremely competitive building system suitable for any type of construction and has been approved and used by relevant authorities in South Africa.
The blocks are manufactured by mobile or static blockmaking machines. The added advantage these machines bring to the Hydraform value proposition is that the blocks can be produced on site, resulting in reduced transport costs. The use of local soils also helps reduce costs and increases local impact. The business value proposition speaks highly to the current demands and objectives of government at both local and national level, since the impacts are not only financial but socio-economic.
The system differs from conventional bricks in that it replaces the traditional ‘brick and mortar’ type building with interlocking, dry-stacked blocks. With the potential to save up to 30% on general construction costs, the Hydraform system is simple enough to be used by unskilled persons. Each Hydraform interlocking block consists of 90% soil (which can be sourced on site) and only 10% cement, and makes for faster, easier, more cost-effective construction.
The Hydraform interlocking block making system comes with a host of construction benefits that make it well positioned to serve communities in the developing world. As a dry-stacking interlocking system, no mortar is required and the end result leaves a high quality face brick finish that can readily accept a painted finish if desired.
A win for the block yard entrepreneur
A block yard can easily be established on any suitable land space, making block production using Hydraform technology a viable and potentially lucrative entrepreneurial endeavour. More so, an active block yard using the system has the potential to make a significant socio-economic impact on the surrounding community which stands to benefit from job opportunities and skills development; approximately 30 to 40 direct jobs in block and paving production are possible through a commercial or community-driven block yard.
A block yard powered by Hydraform technology is capable of producing 3000 blocks per day using the Hydraform M7MI Super Auto, which translates to nearly 500 000 blocks manufactured annually. Even more impressively, 5000 interlocking pavers can be manufactured daily using the Hydraform V3SE, which is roughly over 1 million pavers produced per year.
To put this rate of production into perspective, a Hydraform block yard can supply enough bricks for 13 000 m2 of walling, around 90 houses of 50 m2 each, 60 school classrooms, or 30 upmarket houses of 100 m2 each.
Transforming lives through job creation & empowerment
Hydraform technology is a catalyst for economic empowerment across Africa and the rest of the developing world. The impact of the Hydraform ABT helps provide the building blocks for houses, schools, community buildings and hospitals, the technology leaves a profound legacy of skills development and economic upliftment in its wake.
The Hydraform Building System has the potential through its many benefits to empower unskilled men and women to become active participants and agents for change in their own communities by gaining practical skills and experience in brick and block making as well as construction. These new skills and job opportunities have far reaching consequences in the line of contributing towards housing delivery and the stimulation of the local economy. Small business and craftsmen who supply services to the new industry, such as roofing, construction labour, cement supply, food, etc. also benefit.
The benefits that come with using Hydraform technology to build communities are manifold. The technology has the potential to serve the whole community, who are trained in construction, brick and block production as well as building management. The community saves a great deal on building costs by using mobile machines and local soil to produce bricks and blocks on site for construction that is environmentally friendly, thermally efficient and low maintenance.
Hydraform prides itself on providing world class training either on site or at their Training Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Vital to ensuring skills development and transfer, Hydraform’s training covers quality brick and block production as well as construction. Technical assistance is also available whenever and wherever it is needed.
Hydraform machinery is available either locally of through trusted agents across Africa, in Central America, South America, India, Turkey and the Philippines. The system is used and trusted by NGOs, governments, private investors, property developers, international agencies, mining operations and entrepreneurs.
Why the Hydraform system?
• Only 8% cement per 7MPa block
• Local soil used from project site
• Save on transport costs
• Simplicity: Easy for local communities to manufacture blocks and build with them
• Proven and tested
• Employment: Provides unskilled people from the community meaningful work
• Empowerment of unskilled people, including women
• Cost savings in construction
• Bricks are made where they are needed
• Customer support and training readily available
• Global network of outlets and agents
Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.
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