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12/2017 – No more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as well as the urgency to reduce noise pollution – unwanted human-created sound that disrupts the environment – in South Africa.

6/2017 – Terracrete Permeable pavers at Saldanha IDZ

Permeable storm water channels The days of slapping concrete and asphalt down to construct walkway, driveway or storm water channels may be numbered. Commercial properties, public spaces, and residential developments have upped the standard on what they require from a … Continue reading

5/2017 – Getting “Green” with Terraforce

May this year, Elgin Rust, our in-house media producer, travelled to Dubai to visit Consent, Terraforce’s licensee in the United Arab Emirates. Consent is proud to be part of the Terraforce community since 2005 and have since been involved in … Continue reading

2/2017 – Terracrete now widely accepted in the market

Terracrete, manufactured locally and internationally by Terraforce licensees, is a versatile eco-surface hard lawn block that is widely accepted and was introduced to the South African market by Terraforce in 2002. Contact us for more information on the Terracrete Blocks.

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

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

10/2015 – Greening hospital grounds with permeable pavers

Since June this year, residents of Strand and Somerset West will have access to wide selection of health services, following the opening of a new private hospital in the region. The R400m, 100-bed Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital in Strand is the … Continue reading

4/2015 – Paving the way to rural broadcasting

The construction paving of Cofimvaba Access Road was done in preparation of the proposed Sentech Broadcasting mast situated on Magwala Hill (Helmet Hill), in Nonqoboqobana Village, Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape Province.

1/2015 – Doing it the wet cast way

August 2014, Tim Moorcroft, who operates a wet-cast concrete business, Moorcrofts, in Clarens, Free State, made enquiries to become a Terraforce licensee with the view to produce Terracrete hard-lawn pavers with durable mould boxes made of U.V. stabilised LLDPE (polyethylene). … Continue reading

13/2014 – Ecosurfaces lead the way in Australia

The days of slapping concrete and asphalt down to construct a paved parking lot, driveway or storm water channel are numbered, time for a change – ecosurfaces. Commercial properties, public spaces, and residential developments are demanding a higher standard on … Continue reading

4/2014 – Need eco-friendly 4×4 tracks? Here’s how:

Subtle but durable: new access tracks for Geelkrans Nature Reserve The client, Cape Nature was looking for a permanent, yet flexible solution for jeep tracks on deep sandy substrates at Geelkrans Nature Reserve, Stillbaai, without the associated footprint impacts of … Continue reading

2/2014 – Sustainable infrastructure with retaining walls

The concept of fibre-reinforced soil and stackable blocks is not a new one, and can be traced back to the ancient Megalitian cultures that lived in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Asia.  Initially, about 12,000 years ago, large, … Continue reading

11/2013 – Terrafix blocks for slope rehabilitation

In April 2003, The City of Cape Town, Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater, commissioned Jeffares & Green, a local civil engineering consulting firm, to undertake a geotechnical investigation and propose a design for remedial measures required to stabilise the … Continue reading

10/2008 – Local eco-paving block rocks the boats in Australia

Terracrete reinforced Eco-surface. In 2007, Structerre Engineers was approached by Geraldton Boatlifters LTD to design the necessary infrastructure for a new commercially operated boat lifter facility featuring a travelling boat-lifter weighing 100 tons – capable of lifting 200 ton boats … Continue reading

9/2013 – The benefits of permeable paving

Bigger cities mean bigger concrete surfaces, which in turn leads to reduced natural infiltration of rain water. And this is not something we can ignore, says Rachel Wray Thompson, Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional: “While asphalt and concrete have been … Continue reading

8/2005 – Noise and blast barriers to the rescue

Engineer: Fred Laker of ICOS. Contractor: Decorton Retaining. These two noise and blast barriers installations were constructed by Decorton Retaining. Both have Terraforce gravity walls at a steep angle facing the buildings to be protected, backed with an earth berm, … Continue reading

5/2013 – Growing vintage walls into the future

Extending long-standing retaining walls A successful product is one that gets used more than once, having satisfied the expectation of the client. Below is a showcase of two projects that used the same local retaining block to extend long-standing retaining … Continue reading

1/2013 – Wasting no space with Terraforce

SA’s first ‘green-fields’ refuse transfer station wastes no space with Terraforce Following a study conducted by USA Consultants, Wright-Pearce (1999), it was recommended that the City develop a single regional waste disposal (landfill) facility, and as the existing landfills reach … Continue reading