Saint-Gobain Isover invests in research into affordable housing in South Africa

In 2016, Saint-Gobain Isover embarked on a year’s research into thermal measurements for affordable housing in South Africa.

Affordable housing in South Africa

Energy efficient homes have become a key priority for the South African government.

Saint-Gobain Isover is helping South Africa to reduce its energy consumption and its CO² emissions by 34 per cent below business-as-usual levels by 2020 and by 42 per cent by 2025.

Saint-Gobain Isover, in collaboration with:

  • the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),
  • the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)
  • and the Department of Human Settlements in Gauteng, embarked on a year’s research into thermal measurements for government-provided 40 square metre houses.

Six houses in Tembisa, Diepsloot and Daveyton have been fitted with thermal loggers to measure temperature and humidity throughout the year.

The installation focuses on houses with ceiling insulation as opposed to houses with no ceiling insulation and will provide insight into thermal comfort. The experiment will be replicated in strategic provinces.

Research facilitated by this collaboration will be expanded to measurements and observations of the effect of Saint-Gobain’s systems solutions on thermal and acoustic comfort.

Both the government and the private sector regard this initiative as ground-breaking, as minimal research has been previously conducted in this sector.

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Isover is helping South Africa to reduce its energy consumption and its CO² emissions by 34 per cent below business-as-usual levels by 2020 and by 42 per cent by 2025.