Bricks; a simple mention of the word and most people automatically think building, and naturally so, because bricks have always been the main resource used when constructing buildings. The combined efforts of bricks and cement give an obvious sense of secure and long lasting buildings, when they’ve been applied correctly of course. However, the time and labour required to complete a brick house has been the cause of many of the frustrations faced by architects, contractors and property owners. “The bottleneck in delivery with conventional masonry construction is not in the production of the bricks or blocks, it lies with the lack of qualified capable artisans, thereby increasing the delivery time and increasing the cost,” said Hennie Botes, founder of the Moladi Construction Communities.
Modern day advancements in the techniques and technologies used to build houses can afford most property developers the value of increased productivity in minimal time, and the Moladi Building Communities House Molds are the technique that will drive this emerging marvel in low cost house building. Founded in South Africa in 1986, to help alleviate many of the awkward and costly aspects linked with conventional construction methods, Moladi framed housing promises to deliver without affecting the quality or integrity of the built structure.
Clearly put, the Moladi Construction System (MCS) uses, “unique removable reusable recyclable and lightweight plastic formwork mold which is filled with an aerated SABS approved mortar to form the wall structure of a house in only one day,” said Botes. The process of constructing using the molds involves the assembling the a temporary plastic formwork mold, which is the size of the designed house, with all the electrical services, plumbing and steel reinforcing already put in place within the wall structure. Thereafter, the frame is filled with a South African Bureau of Standards approved mortar mix to form all the walls of the house simultaneously. After having the readied foundation, according to the specifications of an engineer, soil conditions and leaving it to strengthen for seven days, the house frame work takes a mere four hours to erect and the concrete two hours to fill. A day after the framework has been filled the frame takes just two hours to strip, availing it to frame the structure of the next house to be built.
Other benefits include the fast paced production of schools, clinics, commercial and warehouse buildings and low cost housing. With an increase in housing demand and a financial strain on the building industry, sourcing a means which is more time-effective, cost-effective and maintains a socially acceptable and viable means of developing property is most vital in supplying this demand, as Botes affirmed, “Financiers and developers globally are looking for proven alternative construction technologies that is , number one, socially acceptable.”
“Moladi has a track record of 27 years and our technology and technique meets vital criteria in what makes Moladi successful,” Botes said. “We prefer to refer to Moladi as the “superior construction technology” rather than an “alternative construction technology” due to the strength of our reinforced monolithic insitu structures,” he continued. Could these innovative house molds be the solution to our growing country’s housing problems? To find out more, click here.