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SIPS Kit Houses Available PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 April 2013


The general cost of building in the business climate that we have is beyond the reach of many people. With that in mind we are offering a number of starter and complete houses in a modular kit form where the complete shell is provided where the owner can finish the project off as and when additional funds become available. With the Structural Insulated Panel System, (SIPS) one can build a starter house or a double story architect designed mansion with very little restriction on style or size. The choice will be yours.

The affordable “Weaver” 80sqm SIPS (Structural Insulated Panel System) kit starter house is now available as a complete shell for just R250000 (excluding delivery) and it takes just one week to erect once the foundations to floor slab level have been prepared.  There are 8 standard designs on the website to choose from with prices given on application.

SIPS buildings are manufactured using modular panels which are NHBRC approved and have an Agrément Certificate. Bank financing is also available. This system is very popular in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia and has been around for over 50 years. When compared to normal brick buildings, SIPS buildings have superior thermal and energy usage performance, superior acoustic performance, superior condensation performance as well as superior damp and water penetration performance.

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All in all, a superior way to build as you save on initial construction time as well as on long term energy costs.
Once the foundations have been completed, the complete kit will be delivered to your site and erected by a professional construction team. This will include the SIPS panel walls, the complete roof structure, ceiling, insulation, pre-glazed aluminium windows, doors and first fix electrical conduits (cast into the panels).

Excluded from the kit will be the foundations because they will be site specific and may need to be designed and certified by a structural engineer. All internal finishes like floor covering, tiling, cupboards, sanware, cornice, skirting, light fittings, etc., are excluded because they will all be to the owner's choice and taste. The electrical conduits will be included in the panel manufacture but the wiring and fittings will need to be installed and certified by a local electrician. Plumbing is also excluded as it needs to be installed and certified by a local plumber.

The electronic AutoCad architectural drawings of the buildings, including the electrical layout and basic foundation/floor slab details will be supplied for an additional cost of R1500, which a local architect can use to  produce the drawings required for submission to the local municipality for approval. Energy efficiency information will also be supplied for your architect to use in preparing the council submission documentation.
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SIPS Kit House - Crane


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SIPS Kit House - Dove


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SIPS Kit House - Finch


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SIPS Kit House - Magpie



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SIPS Kit House - Sparrow



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SIPS Kit House - Swallow



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SIPS Kit House - Warbler



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SIPS Kit House - Weaver







Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 )
Building a Cordwood House PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 May 2012


One intrepid lady reader is wanting to build a Cordwood house.  She approached us with the following question - and we're really hoping she goes ahead and documents her building adventure on our website.  A while ago I read a brilliant book from cover to cover about building methods and I wrote an article about it - you can read the article here and get an idea of what cordwood building looks like. Super!

Our reader writes:-

I'm planning to build a cordwood house, and would like to know about other houses built this way to get a take on building permission. I'd be grateful if you could point me in the right direction.

Les advised our reader as follows:-

As you probably realize, building a Cordwood house is a little off the regular track but a very effective method for insulating a house and for making it look a bit alternative. There is no difficulty with getting any building which uses any materials or building method which is not covered by the National Building Regulations approved but there are certain steps that you will have to take.

Firstly, your architect will have to be certified to do rational design in terms of the new SANS 10400XA and SANS 204 (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) regulations and your structural engineer will have to produce a rational design for the building as a whole. The calculations of both architect and engineer will form part of your application to the municipality for approval as well as to the NHBRC. This is likely to be a bit of a lengthy process so do make allowance for it in your planning.

In this case, it is unlikely that there will be many NHBRC registered builders capable of constructing a cordwood house and, if you are planning to build it yourselves, then you would need to apply to the NHBRC for registration as an "Owner Builder" and thereby sidestep the need to enroll your house under their warrantee scheme. In doing that you will have to show that you are competent yourselves. Not enrolling your house just means that you will only be able to sell the house to a cash buyer within the next 5 years. (Banks do not finance alternative building construction anyway.) I hope that this answers your question. Please feel free to chat if you have any further queries.


Cordwood House



Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 May 2012 )
Natural Plaster Workshop in Jeffreys Bay - 15-19 August, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 July 2011

Jill Hogan of McGregor Alternative Technology sent through the following information about an upcoming natural plaster workshop happening in Jeffreys Bay.

 Lime Render Workshop

We invite you to a practical workshop that is designed to give you knowledge and skills to help you build your own natural home.

The workshop will be led by Jill Hogan, founder of McGregor Alternative Centre who has over 14 years of experience in natural building. Jill Hogan is highly sought as an expert on all aspects of natural homes and has an incredible amount of knowledge and first hand experience.

The course is designed around some theory and practice so be prepared for lots of physical activity.

Some practical aspects that will be covered in the course includes:

– different natural building techniques

– example of building a rubble foundation for a stoep floor – making wattle and daub inner walls

– natural plastering techniques focusing on lime plaster – from selecting the right earth, making the plaster, applying it and maintaining it

– natural floors – make an earthen floor from cob and lime

The course will be offered in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, and the practical work will be done on a house that is being built from sandbags and earth.

Cost: R1 350 includes teas, breakfast and a vegetarian lunch One option of accommodation available at R130/ night Dates: 15 to 19 August

Places are limited to 20 to ensure quality practical experience

To book your place please contact Susan: e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 084 329 88410

To book your place please contact Susan:
e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or
mobile: 084 329 88410

For more details on MAT, please visit their website.
Phone: 023 625 1533

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 July 2011 )
Chand to ensure Cape Town Film Studios goes Green PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Chand Environmental Consultants have been brought on board to assist the Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) in ensuring the long term sustainability of their facility. The studios currently being built outside Cape Town, are implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) which will be aligned with ISO 14000 standards. Cape Town Film Studios is the first custom built Hollywood complex of its kind on the African continent.

Building Green: Comprehensive How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 April 2010


Building Green How-To Guide to Alternative Building MethodsI have just read the most extraordinary book from cover to cover on Building Green: A complete how-to guide to alternative building methods, including earth plaster, straw bale, cordwood, cob and living roofs.

The book is called Building Green by Clarke Snell & Tim Callahan and if you are interested in going this route, this book would be your building bible.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 April 2010 )
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