Sustainable Materials and Construction (SMaCT)

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The research agenda of The Centre is aligned with the President of South Africa’s national priorities and the National Development Plan. The research agenda is therefore driven by the following:

  • Changes in the landscape of South African Housing National Policies;
  • The drive-by Government to eradicate the housing backlog of over 2 million, and the need to provide quality affordable houses;
  • The need to embrace the advances in the fourth industrial revolution, through the use of advanced information and communication technologies in construction;
  • The willingness of the government to support the use of pre-manufactured and innovative building technologies to fast track delivery of critically needed social infrastructure especially during this COVID 19 pandemic crisis; and
  • The rising cost of energy has been witnessed in recent time.

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