Cape Property owners go for green

Cape Property owners go for green

MagnaBoard are used internally and externally in homes at Franschoek Eco Village.

From the affluent Cape Town suburbs of Fresnaye and Newlands to Franschoek more and more property owners are choosing to build with MagnaBoard, says Dave Lindup chief executive of Magnastruct, the distributor of MagnaBoards.

“MagnaBoards are made from magnesium oxide and provide a total solution for healthy affordable, durable and energy efficient buildings. One of the advantages of building with Magnaboards is the speed of construction, with many luxury homes taking far less time to complete,” says Lindup.

Other advantages of the product include superior insulation properties, and above average fire resistance – an important consideration given the increase in fires in built-up areas over the past few years.

Further benefits of these boards include being impervious to water and insect infestations, mould and mildew resistant, and excellent acoustic and thermal advantages. Being non toxic the boards can be used for interior walls as well as exterior applications.

Lindup says: “Today’s property owners are very aware of their carbon footprints and carry out extensive research on sourcing of sustainable building materials. Over the past three years we have noted a huge increase in the number of architects choosing to use MagnaBoard for domestic and industrial applications.

“Because they are non-toxic and energy efficient, and construction is speedy they are ideal building materials for environmentally conscious property owners.”

When Cape-based architects, SAOTA, recently extended their head office in Gardens they used a light steel frame clad with MagnaBoards.

“For the extension of the third and fourth floors of the existing building we used a light steel frame. As part of our external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) we decided to clad the walls with 9mm MagnaBoards, which are impervious to water with excellent fire retardant properties. Erecting them is quick and easy, and the 200m2 extension was completed in less than nine months, ” says Yvan Torannini, manager of AFCO Contracts, the main contractor on the project.

Call Dave Lindup on 021 531 2145.