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 construction, building alterations and additions.

“One of the most important benefits of the concrete floor panel system is its speed of installation compared with conventional in-situ beam-and-block concrete flooring methods,” says Echo Group marketing director Melinda Louw. “The system has already helped fast-track the completion of many new homes as well as additions and alterations to new homes.”

Although the current economic downturn has hit sections of the South African building industry, there continues to be a reasonable level of activity in the residential market, Ms Louw reports. “There is also demand from home-owners who have changed their minds about moving and who are instead extending or upgrading their homes. The Echo Floors slab is ideal for this purpose – and it’s available off the shelf.

“In residential projects,” says Ms Louw, “it’s not uncommon for sudden design changes to be made on-site. Accommodating these changes in lengths and widths is easy for us, because a variety of stock lengths are always available.”

Echo Floors originally manufactured floor slabs for one-off homes and building alterations when it was established in 1982. Over the years, however, it has added social housing, townhouses, cluster homes, as well as light industrial and commercial projects to a growing customer base.