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  • In 2016 alone, world cement production generated about 2.2 billion tonnes of CO2. Image: Pixabay.

Concrete’s green challenge

March 1st, 2019|

Concrete has cemented its role in the affordable housing space but is criticised for not being ‘green’ enough. By Warren Robertson Much emphasis is put on the affordable housing sector to build homes in a [...]

  • Inclusionary developments must be considered as a solution to the housing backlog and also cater to a wider income bracket. Image credit: SA Property Insider

Affordable housing: what SA needs

February 26th, 2019|

By Future Cape Town director, Rashiq Fataar The overarching definition used in describing affordable housing, is housing units that are affordable to a section of society whose income is below the neighbourhood’s median or average [...]

Affordable homes driving property growth

January 24th, 2019|

Homes in traditionally affluent areas are no longer driving property growth in South Africa, with sectional title proving to be increasingly popular. Pam Golding Property Group chief executive Andrew Golding, says the percentage of freehold [...]

Cutting costs on plumbing may cost you more

January 24th, 2019|

By Warren Robertson It can be tempting for developers to cut back on the products used for plumbing in an affordable home but industry experts warn it can be disastrous and end up costing much [...]

Innovative solutions to financing the sector

January 24th, 2019|

By Warren Robertson Affordable housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable but changes in how we finance the sector may just be the breath of fresh air that is desperately needed. The shape of finance in the [...]

Finance must focus on resale

January 24th, 2019|

By Warren Robertson Over the past 24 years the government has built about three million homes – and while this is nowhere near to solving our affordable housing backlog – it has stimulated a potentially [...]

Oh location, location, location

January 17th, 2019|

What possible solutions are there to this sensitive conundrum given the various and sometimes major challenges to developments? By Benjamin Brits […]

Green pod homes: providing an alternative solution

January 17th, 2019|

By Warren Robertson | Photos by Warren Robertson In the affordable housing space ‘sustainability’ is a huge buzzword covering everything from development methods, to finances and lifecycle costs of the home. So, could sustainable pod [...]

Unlocking the value of wooden doors

August 23rd, 2018|

By Cobus Lourens, Swartland Beautiful wooden doors can really add to the external visual appeal of your home and, although they do require some maintenance, there are a few preventative measures that you can take [...]

Salt River Market – let’s build

August 23rd, 2018|

By Catherine Stone, city planner In 2012 Cape Town’s city planners started a project to package well located land to be developed that demonstrates the intent of our plans and policies to transform Cape Town. [...]

  • A flooring screed made from lightweight concrete containing recycled polystyrene, manufactured by Greenlite Concrete.

Building beyond bricks and mortar

July 15th, 2018|

Dineo Phoshoko with input from Greenlite concrete  SA Affordable Housing has an in-depth look at alternative building materials currently available on the market and we consider the pros and cons for the affordable housing sector. [...]

  • The legacy of apartheid government is still lived by many seeking affordable housing.

Dealing with apartheid spatial planning

July 15th, 2018|

By Ntsako Khosa The democratic government inherited apartheid’s legacy of spatial planning which placed poor communities away from economic, social and educational opportunities. […]

  • Quality insulation helps reduce usage of appliances to regular room temperature.

Understanding insulation

July 15th, 2018|

By Ntsako Khosa Insulation is often a neglected part of the building process, but it plays a significant role in regulating temperature of a home and offers significant savings to energy costs. […]