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What sort of foundation is necessary? moladi housing units are erected on a floating raft foundation, which is designed and certified by an independent structural engineer. The surface of the raft foundation is power floated for a smooth finish, which eliminates the need for a screed finish to the floor surface. What type of roof does the house have? moladi does not have restrictions with any type of roofing material or design. How many people need to be employed to construct a house with moladi? This would depend on the size of the house and, should time not be a crucial factor with your project, the amount of unskilled labourers may be reduced. Can you build boundary walls using moladi? It is possible to construct boundary walls using moladi; however, the moladi system is used primarily for major housing initiatives. Can you build multi-storey apartments with moladi? The moladi formwork is the mechanism with which to build and does not have restrictions on the amount of storeys that can be built with the system. Obviously you would need to take into account the soil conditions of the site and the engineer’s design/specifications for the project; the engineer would specify the compressive strength of the wall and the required reinforcing. What is your lead time for production? Our lead time for production is three to five weeks; however a more optimum date of delivery will be confirmed on date of order. Are the electrical and plumbing services included in the houses, or do I have to subcontract to have this done, and what are the costs? The electrical conduits and plumbing harnesses, which are located into the wall structure, would be supplied by moladi. You would need to assign a sub-contractor to undertake the connections. Their price will depend on the unit and relevant layouts. Can wall thickness vary? All external walls are 150mm wide, and all internal walls are 100mm wide. Can walls be repaired if damaged? Yes. Can walls be drilled, chased or cut? Yes. Can moladi be constructed on bad soils such as heaving clay? Yes. Does moladi fulfil the requirements of the South African Bureau of Standards building code of practice? Yes. Can the structure be extended? Yes they can. Are structures designed, approved and certified by an Engineer? When dealing with a registered moladi user, this is always the case. What are the costs involved with training and where does training take place? Your staff will be trained by a moladi foreman to work with moladi, on your site; your first housing unit will be erected as part of the initial training and introduction course. The duration of the training process usually takes 1 – 2 weeks, depending on the size of the unit, and all the procedures and phases of the construction process are followed through and explained thoroughly. You will be supplied with a working document and assembly instructions, which are compiled specifically for your project. After training has been completed, your staff will be awarded certificates of completion for the training programme and will be graded accordingly by our foreman. There is no additional cost for the training of your staff, however we would require that your company would cover the travel expenses, accommodation and meals for our foreman. What sand grading would be required for the mortar to achieve design strength? River sand, or decomposed granite, is used in the moladi mortar mix; it has a common grading of 2360 – 150 µm (microns). What are the curing requirements after stripping? Test cubes will be taken on site with the mortar mix design specified for your project. When the moladi formwork is removed, the walls have a compressive strength of between 1.5 to 2.0 MPa. Within 28 days, the walls will have cured to an ultimate strength of between 10 to 20MPa, depending on the mix design of the mortar, or the cement: water ratio. Do moladi walls have cavities? moladi does not build cavity walls, as this is not necessary, due to our good thermal and waterproof properties. This is predominantly due to the specialised chemical additive, moladiCHEM, used in the mortar mix. Can a mould be flipped to create a mirror image of the house to be built? Yes, this can be done, however, it is a possibility that additional components may be required to assemble the mirror image of the gables. Can I use moladi to do extensions to my home? This would not be viable as moladi is cost effective due to its repetitive use. Since additions to an existing home would only involve a once off application, it will not be cost effective undertaking. Can I use moladi to build a second house on my property? This would not be viable as moladi is cost effective due to its repetitive use. Since additions to an existing home would only involve a once off application, it will not be cost effective undertaking. Please contact our sales department to put you in touch with a contractor in your area. Is moladi approved by financial institutions? moladi homes are bonded for a 25 year term by all major financial institutions in South Africa; the first home having been bonded since 1993.
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