Sustainability - technical research

March 2, 2012
G R O W I N G     B U I L D I N G S     B U I L D I N G     G A R D E N S – Greenbrick Design Ethos

We do ongoing research related to practice within the “Sustainability triangle”- where a balance of technical, social and economic factors factors are taken into account. Some of the technical research undertaken in various projects include:
  •  Green roofs - both intensive and extensive on flat and pitched roofs
  • Green walls - interior and exterior - incl. substructure and irrigation
  • Eco pools/ swimming ponds- enviromentally friendly pools with bio and plant filters - no chemicals
  • Solar heating - for underfloor and water heating applications
  • Passive building design in all climates ensures low energy requirements for heating and cooling
  • Rammed earth walls- using soil from site to build your home/ parts thereof - aesthetically modern and cost saving


Architectural Education

March 2, 2012
Following the tragic death of one of my first year students at WITS in 2010, I researched architectural education in South Africa and beyond, with particular reference to transformation both of students and staff as well as curriculum. The result is an as yet unpublished paper entitled “Architecture for all”. The paper explores the practice of Architectural Education and it’s implications to social equality, and consequences in the lives of disadvantaged students. Numerous discussions w...
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March 2, 2012
Heritage: We propose a  “Heritage triangle” along the lines of the sustainability triangle - balancing architectural or built heritage principles with social, political, economic and landscaping heritage – with mappings and research into all areas unearthing a fuller picture of heritage concerns on any particular site. (refer WITS Institutes project )
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Sustainability Research

March 2, 2012
G R O W I N G     B U I L D I N G S     B U I L D I N G     G A R D E N S – Greenbrick Design Ethos

Sustainability:   passive building design in all south African climatic regions   
  • Temperate Coastal Region - Cape Town; Port Elizabeth
  • Tenperate Interior Region - Pretoria; Polokwane
  • Arid Region - Upington; Kimberley
  • Cold Interior Region -Johannesburg; Bloemfontein
  • Hot Interior Region- Makhado; Nelspruit
  • Sub-tropical Coastal Region - East London; Durban; Richards Bay

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