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The Star Interbuild Africa exhibition, together with co-located shows Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Plumbdrain Africa, Frigair, Woodpro Africa and Current Africa, begins at Nasrec today and runs until Saturday.
The expo showcases the latest energy-efficient building solutions in line with new building industry regulations.
All new buildings and refurbishments now have to comply with the new standards for energy usage in buildings as laid out in SANS 10400-XA, which is a set of minimum standards for environmental sustainability in new and refurbished buildings.
The standards regulate how buildings are designed and built.
The standards provide guidelines for minimum requirements for things such as glazing, insulation, shading, orientation and building services, including air conditioning, hot water and lighting.
Star Interbuild will provide a showcase for those who now need to comply with the regulations.
Some examples of energy-efficient solutions on show include insulation for roof cavities, wall cavities, geysers and under floor.
IsoBoard and Isotherm Thermal Insulation will exhibit insulation solutions to decrease energy usage, overheating and heat loss in buildings.
Insulation can dramatically decrease energy costs and make a building more comfortable to live and work in.
Efficient insulation will be a key factor for building professionals to consider to comply with new regulations.
The insulation of roofs has been determined as the single biggest factor affecting energy efficiency and is one of the most radical departures from traditional building practices required by the new legislation.
According to SANS 10400-XA, lighting now also needs to be specified on a plan, taking into consideration light levels, energy demand and energy consumption. Rikho Trading will exhibit a range of LED lighting.
System Automation and Management has recently moved into the green technology sector, providing holistic energy solutions, and will be exhibiting at EcoAfribuild to educate clients on the various ways they can save energy.
Glass Expo Africa will place the spotlight on a broad range of glass and aluminium products, especially in relation to their use in green buildings.
Lisec will be introducing the FiT.Line, a new compact line of cost-effective insulating glass, and Wispeco will demonstrate, using thermal transmittance technology, the energy-efficient design of its new Crealco range.
Aquatrip is exhibiting its range of water-saving devices and will have demo models set up to illustrate how the products function and their features.
Jojo Tanks displays the innovative Slimline Marble range as well as the new 6 000-litre underground units.
Local company Regaia is exhibiting its eco-friendly super-flexible decorative wall plaster. The product is a first in SA and is unique in its flexibility and ability to prevent cracks.
It is a combination of plaster and paint, and is made of acrylic elastomers, quartz sand and binders to improve adhesion and flexibility.
Saint-Gobain Construction Products SA is exhibiting its energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building design and construction.
Litedek is launching its new lightweight foundation system and its super lightweight insulated suspended concrete flooring system.
l The Star Interbuild Africa, Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Woodpro Africa, Plumbdrain Africa, Frigair and Current Africa take place at the Nasrec Expo Centre until August 18. For more information and preregistration go to www.interbuild.co.za