Hydraform alternative building technology (ABT) is incredibly proud of the integrity and cost-effectiveness of its blockmaking machines. A Building, situated in Port Alfred, was erected in 2002. The sandy soil, exposure to floodwaters, and coastal conditions provided an exciting use-case for Hydraform alternative building technology.

“Alternative building technologies are non-conventional building methodologies that provide sustainable solutions in the building ”

In South Africa, the conventional means of building material consist of brick and mortar, these building are well founded, but are often costly, time consuming and harmful to the environment. Hydraform machines produce Bricks/Blocks consisting of sandy – loam soil, found on site, water and just 10 percent cement.

The purpose of ABT is to potentially increase cost efficiency, deliverability, safety and quality. Another benefit is that ABT has a positive impact on the unlike the traditional brick making methods such as; mining, production and burning of coal that has harmful impact associated.

Hydraform creates high quality bricks, created with nothing more than 10 percent addition of building cement and soil, formed in a machine under hydraulic pressure. Hydraform machines are truly portable and operated onsite. The unique Interlocking, mortarless design means that there will be a significant reduction in building costs, time and environmental impact.

Unlike traditional bricks, Hydraform blocks are not in need of firing, they only require curing – the process whereby the blocks are continuously kept moist, ensuring rapid and steady increase in strength, for 2 weeks under a plastic cover. The soil block also has the added benefit of preserving energy thanks to its incredible thermal properties. When the weather is cool a structure built using the Hydraform Interlocking blocks will stay temperate inside, and vice versa when it is summery the inside structure will stay cool.

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We’ve all been faced with this situation before. You need equipment or a spares part, you’re a bit low on cash…and it becomes very tempting to take the easier, ‘cheaper’ route and get non-original parts. You save time, and money… right? Wrong!