Combi-Pack, a ready-to-install solution for South Africa

In South Africa, Saint-Gobain provides a unique solution called Combi-Pack. It is a ceiling and insulation kit for moderately priced South African homes.

The townships or squatter camps feature thousands of shacks; informal homes constructed of corrugated iron, cardboard and plastic tarpaulins. These structures often house more than five people in less than 15 square metres.

 Combi-Pack, a solution tailored to the issues of sustainable construction

The South African government has announced its intention to create 1.5 million dwellings by 2019. Of the 300 000 dwellings planned for completion each year 90 000 are expected to measure between 40 and 45 square metres and to be equipped with ceilings and insulation. This is in compliance with the energy efficiency regulations in force since April 2011.

Combi-Pack is the response to this of the Saint-Gobain Gyproc and Saint-Gobain Isover brands in South Africa. Designed for 40 square metre homes, the Combi-Pack appeals to both the government and contractors because it is an all-in-one product offering, combining systems and products. As a result, only one supplier is involved and material sourcing and logistics are simplified.

Between 2015 and the end of 2016, this system was used in 7 000 housing units in Gauteng alone. Rollout to other provinces began towards the end of 2016.

 A strategic sector for the creation of skilled jobs

South Africa’s unemployment rate is 26 per cent of the economically active population, rising to 34.5 per cent for young people.

The housing and construction industry has been earmarked as a strategic sector for the creation of skilled jobs.

The Saint-Gobain Training Academy, which teaches construction techniques to local trade professionals, is providing theoretical and practical on-site training in Combi-Pack installation techniques for young workers and developing contractors.

The Combi-Pack system gains Saint-Gobain in South Africa recognition as a key partner in delivering sustainable construction solutions.

“The cost of materials and skills levels impact on the delivery targets for human settlements. The Combi-Pack solution, coupled with our on-site training for contractors, impacts positively on this sector,” says Sibusiso Mthembu, Business Development Manager – Saint-Gobain Isover.


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