Month: April 2016

Floor screeds crack as contractors cut corners

The dropping or lowering of standards in the construction industry has been under the media spotlight for the past five years or more; and for good reason. Incidents of failure, some of them major and incurring injury and loss of life, have led to huge wastage in human and material resources. It is a dangerous … Continued

Echo taps domestic home market

HOLLOW-CORE concrete floor panel manufacturer Echo Floors has established a separate operating department geared specifically to serve the domestic home-building market, now showing the first signs of recovery from economic downturn. Located at the company’s manufacturing plant near Honeydew, in Gauteng, the new unit is offering a package of specialized professional solutions for building contractors, … Continued

Housing “off the shelf” from Echo

REINFORCED concrete floor panel manufacturer Echo Floors is helping speed the pace of small-scale and individual housing projects by assembling a special stockpile of reinforced hollow-core floor slabs to ensure on-demand delivery to building sites. The stockpile, of between 40 000m² and 60 000m², is ensuring “off-the-shelf” delivery to smaller-scale projects such as one-off home … Continued

Keeping it green, safe and healthy

WHERE concrete panels are used in multi-floor construction projects – especially high-rise apartment blocks – environmental and safety factors are assuming more significant dimensions than ever. “They’re two sides of the same coin,” says Melinda Louw, marketing director of Echo Prestress, South Africa’s largest manufacturer of pre-stressed hollow-core concrete flooring panels. An untidy workplace is … Continued

Small-site problem solved by Echo

THE difficult job of manoeuvering bulky mobile cranes into small building sites has been made a lot easier by Echo Floors with investment in a specialized truck-mounted crane to facilitate the installation of hollow-core concrete flooring panels. The crane is a key tool in Echo Floors’ newly established department geared to serve the domestic home-building … Continued

SA’s largest prestressed hollow-core concrete panel retaining wall project

The construction of The Houghton, a development comprising two luxury residential apartment blocks (Houghton 1 and Houghton 2) and a 180 room boutique hotel development (Houghton 3), has entailed South Africa’s largest deployment of prestressed hollow-core concrete panels as retaining walls to date. Spanning approximately 2 000m at an average height between 3.2m – 5.0m, … Continued

What type of floor are you buying?

THE FLOOR slab is one of the elements in a building construction most likely to cause problems, such as cracking, deflection – or even collapse in a worse-case scenario. Therefore it’s critically important that home-owners, and building contractors too, know how to identify a genuine hollow-core precast concrete floor slab. This advice comes from Echo … Continued

Concrete panels and the sound of music

THE excellent sound insulation qualities of the prestressed hollow-core concrete floor slab system – added to the bonus of speed of construction, quality finishes and economy – were high-priority reasons for the selection of Echo Prestress flooring panels in the construction of Durban’s elegant new KZN Music House. The recording studio is essentially a simple … Continued

Echo safety measures achieve zero stoppages

STATUTORY regulations guarding health and safety in the workplace are being far exceeded by hollow-core concrete floor slab manufacturer Echo as employees get more closely involved in safety and quality management issues. And as a result, “zero stoppages” over health or safety issues are being routinely achieved on building sites, says Echo Group Operations Manager … Continued

PRECAST CONCRETE SLABS – An investigation by Echo

Precast concrete is in the forefront of construction in First World countries such as the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada and throughout Western Europe. It is also gaining ground in developing countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. And here in South Africa, too, precast is a name which defines fresh, innovative thinking … Continued