Rapidwall wins “2009 Global Gypsum Product of the Year Award

Rapidwall wins “2009 Global Gypsum Product of the Year Award”

The award which recognises excellence in all aspects of design, production, processing and innovation was presented to the company at the conference held in Rio de Janerio in May.


Conference convenor Dr Robert McCaffery presents  

the award to Greg Rice of Rapid Building Systems

Rapid Building Systems Managing Director, Peter Zwaans said, “The company was thrilled to be presented with the award especially as we were up against international competition.  It’s a great achievement to be recognised as Product of the Year.”

“The fantastic thing about Rapidwall is that it can be used for all types of building applications.”  It is especially suitable for high speed construction at a low cost.  This makes it an ideal product for solving the problems of providing housing to people living in slum conditions in the emerging economies.

Rapidwall selected by UN-Habitat Business Award Committee

Rapidwall selected by UN-Habitat Business Award Committee.

The UN-Habitat business awards committee has recognised Rapidwall for “Good Practices” in making an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life in cites and communities.

Rapidwall, an Australian designed and developed 12 metre by 3 metre glass-fibre reinforced gypsum plaster building panel provides an ideal solution for the problems of providing housing to people living in impoverished conditions in the emerging economies.

The UN-Habitat business awards aim to recognise and publicise outstanding achievements contributing to sustainable urbanization through corporate responsible practices.

Rapid Building Systems Managing Director,Peter Zwaans said, “Our corporate mission is to provide the most environmentally friendly and superior products to improve housing for the disadvantaged worldwide. This is completely in keeping with the aims and objectives of UN-Habitat.”

In India and in China, as well as other countries, there are significant stockpiles of waste chemical gypsum from the manufacturing of fertiliser and from coal fired powerstations. Presently this waste gypsum largely degrades the environmentbut can used by Rapidwall in the production of high strength buildingpanels.

Rapidwall, a product of Rapid Building Systems, has very low CO2 emissions, can be recycled and is suitable for all types of construction.

“It is especially suitable for high speed construction at a low cost.” said Mr Zwaans

Rapidwall wins 2014 FT/IFC Transformational Business Award

Within 6 months of being classified by the UN as the first building material in the world to be eligible for UNFCC carbon credits, Rapidwall’s recognition as one of the most environmentally friendly, innovative and sustainable building materials in the world has continued after being announced the winner for the FT/IFC 2014 Transformational Business Awards in the category of:

Achievement in Project Finance – Construction & Affordable Housing

The FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, presented in London – June 2014, attracted 237 entries from 214 institutions in 61 countries. The Awards highlighted innovative, commercially viable, and replicable products and services that can create long-term, transformative solutions to development needs in areas such as infrastructure, energy, food and water, affordable housing and health. Other award winners included; JP Morgan Chase, US/Lion’s Head Global Partners and Standard Chartered Bank.

The FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, presented in London – June 2014, attracted 237 entries from 214 institutions in 61 countries. Featured here are the winners from all award categories.

The award submission by Rapid Building Systems, demonstrated Rapidwall’s ability to convert natural and waste (synthetic) gypsums into water resistant glass re-inforced load bearing wall panels suitable for a broad range of construction applications, in particular the mass housing projects in emerging economies where the demand for housing is growing rapidly.

Co-chair of the awards judging panel and US Managing Editor of the Financial Times, Martin Dickson said “The judges were delighted with the quality of the entries in this inaugural programme. Many of the initiatives highlighted on the short-list were fascinating in their level of innovation and the impact they could have if replicated widely. It was not easy to pick the winners and those that prevailed should be congratulated.”

Martin Dickson, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times and Co-chair 
of the awards judging panel.

FACT-RCF to ink deal with Tata Housing

Gypsum-based wall/roof building panel and plaster maker FACT-Building Products Ltd. (FRBPL) is expecting to ink a contract with Tata Housing for supplying its products, a top company official has said.

He also said individuals are now looking at the gypsum panels for building their homes and the company is popularising the product among architects, builders and others.

“The negotiations are on with Tata Housing. We hope to conclude the negotiations soon and ink the deal,” C.P. Dinesh, managing director of FRBPL told IANS here Thursday.

The company is a 50:50 joint venture between Kochi-based Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd. and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) to make glass fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRG) panels for building projects.

Dinesh said their plant in Kerala has a capacity of 1.4 million sq.mtr per annum and started production in 2012.

According to Dinesh, Tata Housing is planning to construct ground plus four buildings and need GFRG panels in large numbers.

He said around Rs.150 crore has been invested by the two promoters in the project.

“We are looking at government, educational institutions and other mass housing projects. Meanwhile, we are getting orders from individuals,” Dinesh said.

In Kerala, a 2,500 sq.ft house was built in 60 days using our panels, he said.

“Currently, our order book position is around 27,000 sq.mtrs. We also offer project management consultancy services,” he said.

According to him, buildings constructed with GRFG panels would offer construction cost advantage of around 20 percent.

“In addition, the panels would occupy less footprint there by increasing the carpet area for usage. Painting costs will also be less as the walls will not absorb paints like the conventional brick walls,” Dinesh said.

Australian company Rapid Building Systems has provided the technology for wall panels and the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras have developed the technology for using GRFG panels for building roofs, he added.

Gypsum is an industrial waste from fertiliser units which is being sought to be used for construction.