Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO)
30 August 2017
THE DEVLAND SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
The Devland Social Housing Development in Soweto, to be completed in September 2017, is a spectacular example of how Corobrik’s face brick is forming a vital component of South Africa’s Social housing landscape. “The Corobrick range is proving its worth in the affordable housing sector by constantly meeting the economic, environmental and aesthetic requirements that contribute towards creating quality homes”. Some of the most sought-after qualities in products used for social housing developments are durability and low-maintenance, creating buildings that can withstand the natural elements as well as regular day-to-day use for years to come, also negating any need for plastering and painting, which saves on costs for landlords while ensuring residents can enjoy living in aesthetically-appealing premises.
Devland Social Housing Development will consist of 588 residential units – 255 units within 46 blocks for Phase 1, which have been completed, and 333 units within 48 blocks for Phase 2. The development has a progressive energy efficiency rating with the incorporation of solar hot water heating for all the units and an integrated rain water harvesting system, with rainwater directed off roofs and collected in rainwater tanks on the top floor of each building. The vegetation and landscaping is all indigenous to allow for a water-wise natural environment. This specific project requires materials that is robust, maintenance-free, retain a superior quality and a guaranteed longevity. Face brick is a preferred solution because of its inherent additional compressive strength - the benefits of clay bricks can also be found in its ecological properties – because the clay brick is manufactured from a natural material, it absorbs heat in winter; gradually releasing it into the building at night therefore reducing heating costs; it creates a thermal mass that improves insulation; they are fire compliant because they have a high fire resistance and do not release dangerous VOC’s under fire conditions and maintaining a high level of human comfort.