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National ENERGY GLOBE Award South Africa 2019
It was established in 2009 and is a non- profit organization in waste minimization and beneficiation. The RamBrick project is Use Its flagship project, centered on waste beneficiation opportunities that will divert waste from landfills, whilst creating sustainable green building materials that will help reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, reduce energy consumption and improve the economic and social standing of low-income families through housing, job creation and skills development
On average 40% of valuable air space in landfills is taken up by clay bearing soil and builders rubble. These two components shorten landfill lifespans proportionately and impact communities through higher costs incurred to dispose of waste. Larger volumes of heavy vehicles using the roads damages infrastructure and pollutes the atmosphere, further impacting the community and environment. The inadequacy of proper housing especially for poor and vulnerable families is a challenge that is faced in South Africa.
The initial task was to utilize the waste soil and rubble and create the bricks so they could be tested to make sure they complied with local construction standards. To achieve this, a suitable source of soil and rubble was identified. But also to for the pilot project ceramic mugs destined for landfill were crushed and utilized in the manufacture of 118 000 bricks which were used in 13 different building projects to not only showcase the product but also to prove durability, comfort and ease to build with.
The use of waste clay bearing soils coupled with crushed rubble in a Rambrick that contains only 5% cement. Saving valuable air space in landfills and reducing the carbon foot print of building. The second innovative point is the ability to manufacture Rambricks on site in developments that are large and have waste soils from cut and fills. The process itself is almost water free, unlike conventional materials such as cement blocks and bricks which require water to manufacture.