In the Press

A collection of some of our chosen articles, tv appearances, newspaper articles and radio discussions.

Expresso Show Live interview – 25 January 2018

Alicia Kalil from Berman-Kalil Housing Concepts, shared more on the pros and cons of building with shipping containers and if this trend of stacked steel boxes really is the future for building homes.

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Top Billing Episode

When young entrepreneur Lucas Steyn decided that he wanted a unique container home, he was surprised to find that there is now an entire company specialising in these once completely unheard-of structures.

On his family’s farm outside Bot River, Lucas has brought steel re-cycling and off-grid living together in this weekend getaway which he now rents out as a part of his own brand of eco-tourism.

Lucas, previously a night club owner, became obsessed with the idea of container living after seeing pictures of one, and he was one of the first to join the affordable and sustainable building rend.

When he realised the business potential of renting the space out he gave sold his nightclub and focused on his new venture fully, ensuring that it was as off the grid and environmentally conscious as possible.

Hot Tub

The walls were insulated with non-combustible mineral wool, clad in re-cyclable boarding and a plywood floor makes a base for laminated tiles, while the interior was designed to be chic and minimalist.

Lucas isn’t the only one who saw the potential in using container structures, entrepreneur Alicia Kalil of Berman- Kalil Housing saw the lack of infrastructure in South Africa along with the potential of turning containers into low-cost medical clinics, classrooms as well as homes. Together they were going to push the boundaries.

While the construction process was not without it’s own challenges, the final product is a gorgeous eco-friendly space that has been proving hugely popular, though the stunning location and mountain views certainly don’t hurt.

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The second life of shipping containers

“Strong, stackable and mobile, the potential uses for out-of-service shipping containers are nearly unlimited – and, also, not well known. Maersk Line Container Sales, a new start-up company within Maersk Line, is betting on customers’ imagination, and big growth.”

Brad Berman bought his first used shipping container in June 2014. It was dented and scratched, the paint was falling off and there were bits of rust scattered over the surface but its looks meant nothing to him. The Cape Town native and real estate developer was looking at the start of his new business.

Today, Berman is the co-founder of Berman-Kalil Housing Concepts, a Cape Town-based company utilising old shipping containers to build a variety of structures but primarily inexpensive high-quality sustainable housing. In South Africa, a nation with high unemployment and an abundance of informal settlement-type housing, Berman hopes to make a difference, and a profit.

“The potential number of uses for containers is so big in a place like South Africa. There are so many settlements in my country that could be replaced by these container homes. But the combination of quality, durability and price make containers ideal for housing but also clinics, schools, stores, almost any structure,” he says.

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Cape Talk : Green Property: Why container homes may be the way forward

Alicia Kalil, Co-Director, Berman-Kalil Housing Concepts speaks with Africa Melane about living in shipping containers.

Kalil lists these reasons why choosing to live in a shipping contain may be the way forward:

Affordability Our solutions are designed to keep costs down while still delivering superior products

Modular Containers can be used singularly, joined or stacked to get any size combination that is perfect for you.

Sustainability One can incorporate the our need for Sustainability into these products, with a range of options available to help save money while being kind to the environment

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Engineering News – February 2016 Front page featured article

Modular Building Blocks Cape Town-based container housing developer Berman-Kalil Housing co-founder Brad Berman says, after seeing container developments abroad, he decided to investigate the possibilities of this style of building in South Africa.

“Shipping containers are the most wonderfully diverse modular building blocks that modern life has to offer and the potential, particularly in remote parts of Africa, where building is a logistical challenge, is enormous,” he says. Berman adds that the company has a variety of suppliers of the different shipping containers that the company uses, and the containers vary in size.

“The vast majority of our shipping containers come from shipping group Maersk, which has a large network of depots all over South Africa and abroad, as well as the ability to get the completed products to wherever their final destination may be.”

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Sunday Times Article 3rd December 2017

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Interview on Cliff Central

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Weekend Argus 7 July 2017

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BusinessTech Article

Recent FNB data shows that South Africans living in the country’s most populated provinces can expect to pay well over a R1 million rand for a home, leaving many with no option but to turn to expensive rentals or alternative living arrangements.

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How we made it in Africa

South African company making shipping containers feel like a ‘real’ house

South Africa suffers from a huge housing shortage. Despite the state building more than 2.6 million homes since 1994 under its Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), the housing backlog is estimated at around 2.3 million families.

For those who do not qualify for a government-subsidised house and cannot afford the loan of an entry-level home, very few options are available.

However, Cape Town-based company, Berman-Kalil Housing Concepts, is looking to offer a sustainable housing solution through converting decommissioned shipping containers into low-cost homes.

The company was launched last year by entrepreneurs Brad Berman and Alicia Kalil, and while the concept of converting containers into homes is not new, the founders argue that no one is doing it like them. For example, their homes are designed so that no one could ever tell that they were ever once shipping containers.

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