Committed to safe construction with an environmentally-aware ethos, Sika’s solutions and systems were the first choice for contractors in Cape Town when they were specified in the rebuilding of the Novo Pack house in Paarl. The pack house had to be rebuilt after a devastating fire in April 2009 and was completed in August 2010. Murray & Roberts were main contractors for the concrete structure and Lance Dickson Construction (Light Frame Homes) was appointed for the cladding of the walls.

Lance Dickson Construction was chosen for its well-insulated system that could be built in a short period yet still comply with SANS 517. The regulation code by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association sets SANS 517 as the minimum acceptable standard for light steel frame buildings in construction and design.

Used on site for sealing the 9mm Nu-Tec boards on the exterior walls of the building, Sikaflex AT-Facade is a one-part, moisture-curing sealant based on Silane Terminated Polymers. This sealant is especially designed for movement and connection joints and has excellent weather and UV resistance. On the interior walls of the structure, Sikaflex Fix was used as an elastic joint sealant to increase durability and provide flexible draught proofing. Lastly, Sikagard-703W, a ready-for-use, silane/siloxane combination-based water repellant that improves the resistance of facades to water ingress, was impregnated into the exterior substrate. The protective impregnation is for making facades water repellent and protecting building against water ingress and can be applied on mortar, masonry, brick, stone, asbestos and cement.

In addition to a compliant and aesthetically pleasing result, the client was delighted with the extended fire rating of the new pack house, which, thanks to Sika, will ensure improved fire protection.