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8/2016 – Sustainability with Concrete

Few people realise that concrete is the most used man-made material in the world, with three tons used annually for each man, woman and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the total of all other … Continue reading

7/2016 – Getting creative with permeable pavers

Every now and then, Terraforce earth retaining and permeable paving products are used for an unusual purpose, like this Terracrete creative wall designed by artist Dirk Bahmann in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.

4/2016 – Licensee highlight: Poort Beton, Northern Cape

Strauss Groep (Strauss Group) is a multidisciplinary construction group with a labour force of approximately 450 employees. Over the past 48 years this one-man enterprise has  grown into a group of companies (IT5 Siviel, Poort Beton and Strauss Meganies). They … Continue reading

1/2016 – Memory terrace with Terraforce blocks

Opposite the Service Dining Rooms, on the land which slopes from Fruit and Veg City in Canterbury Street, a “Memory Terrace” built of hollow bricks, filled with compost, soil and beautiful flowers commemorates the lives of street people who have … Continue reading

5/2015 – Gorgeous green walls at Diemersfontein

Early in 2013, Dassenberg Retaining Systems was appointed to install plant supportive retaining walls, hard lawn pavers and conventional paving stones at the new Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate near Wellington in the Western Cape. André Look, Architect and Etienne … Continue reading

3/2015 – Unique Terraforce green wall design

Green wall innovation at a new children’s hospital in Dubai. Combining construction with the healing process: The Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, an initiative of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, … Continue reading

2/2015 – Recycling cut-off glass in concrete blocks

Reusable elements in concrete design, a vital component of sustainability In a recent article in Concrete Beton, Bryan Perrie, MD of the Concrete Institute, pointed out that more attention should be paid to re-use and recycling of building materials at … Continue reading

14/2014 – A safe transition into the New Year 2015!

To end this year, we would like to wish our customers, and especially our licensees and installers, a peaceful festive season and a safe transition into the New Year 2015!. It has been a productive and successful year for most … Continue reading

11/2014 – Cleaning up after the short-cut brigade

“Failure” of a retaining wall does not always mean total collapse, but rather implies signs of impending instability and the possibility of future failure. Total collapses, where the wall overturns, slides, topples, or otherwise causes a massive letting loose of … Continue reading

10/2014 – 35 years of going green, going clean!

Terraforce turned 35 this year, and we wish to thank you, our clients and of course our licensees for joining us on this journey of building remarkable (some big, some small) retaining walls. The future looks very encouraging and we … Continue reading

9/2014 – how to build a strong D.I.Y retaining wall

A strong wall is a well designed and built wall. You might consider the retaining wall you’re about to build to be solid from the front, but unless you give serious thought to what goes on behind and below the … Continue reading

8/2014 – Safe wall designs with Terrasafe

“In response to market demands, a design service called TERRASAFE, a platform that provides first-class engineering, management, and specialist technical assistance to users of any of the Terraforce products, was launched early 2011.”

6/2014 – Getting a grip with the new Decorwall block

October 2011 Murray & Roberts Western Cape, an operating division of Murray & Roberts Construction, was awarded a R193-million contract to construct the R300-million Willowbridge Place office development. The new development is located on the corner of Old Oak Road … Continue reading

5/2014 – Living a “green” life, at work AND home

This article first appeared in Footprint Limited, Jan/Feb edition, 2014 Holger Rust, founder of Terraforce, licensor of permeable and plantable concrete blocks for erosion control and earth retaining, has long been motivated by the conviction that every person who has the … Continue reading

1/2014 – Terraforce retaining walls in Turkey

Eko Yapi, founded in Istanbul, is the official Terraforce block manufacturer and supplier in Turkey. They, together with Geoduvar, a specialty contractor of concrete products, have always been a steady performer, providing the designs and applications for some impressive retaining … Continue reading

14/2013 – Terraforce blocks in the UAE

As the year comes to an end, we would like to share with you some images of Terraforce projects photographed in Turkey and UAE, home to our licensees, Geoduvar (Istanbul) and Consent (Dubai). We will be featuring the projects in … Continue reading

13/2013 – Sustainable business is achieved with integrity

Ever since it’s founding in 1979, the Terraforce management team has been driven by one primary concern, namely to build a solid, long-lasting company that could survive without exploiting resources or trampling on the interests of others.

14/2012 – Basic guide: installing a Terraforce wall

Step by step photographic illustration NB: When building composite walls of any significant height, it is important to consult an experienced engineer. The law is very strict, with the NHBRC requirement stating that a wall can be built to a … Continue reading

10/2012 – CMA Award for “most sustainable installation”

Terraforce wins CMA Award – Once again! Installers: Dassenberg Retaining & Decorton Retaining Systems Cape Town based precast block manufacturer, TERRAFORCE, managed to take home a prestigious Trophy at the CMA AWARDS and 40Th anniversary celebrations staged in Johannesburg. The … Continue reading

8/2012 – Supporting the environment and art

Supporting art… Terraforce is not just passionate about the built natural environment, in particular indigenous vegetation and protection of the rhino, but also the arts, and sponsors artist (Elgin Rust aka Advocate Alice) in particular, who addresses the processes and … Continue reading