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“The future African city” is the theme of 2011 C&CI sustainable design competition

“The Future African City” is the theme of the fifth annual Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Architectural Sustainable Design Competition.   Daniel van der Merwe, architect at C&CI, says the purpose of the competition is to promote the innovative use of concrete in providing sustainable environments.   “C&CI wants to stimulate fresh thinking that produces […]

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Bosun red on Soweto sidewalks

In 2006, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the June 16 Student uprising in Soweto, the route from Morris Isaacson High School to the Hector Pieterson Memorial was paved with red pavers. This was the first stage of a broader project to pave all the routes learners took on 16 June 1976 on their […]

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Why use extended rather than pure cements?

Negative perceptions about the durability and performance of extended cements, combined with tradition and a conservative approach to new technology have caused resistance to their use, a situation which is gradually changing, according to experts from AfriSam.   “Extended cements are being used increasingly in major projects such as Gautrain, the SANRAL Gauteng Freeway Improvement […]

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Tiling for Birchwood Hotel

Tile Africa Contracts supplied tiles and bathroom ware for the extension to the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng.   “We are proud to be associated with this development and to have supplied tiles for the interior and exterior as well as accessories for the bathrooms,” says Craig Irvine, national contracts […]

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New products see shift in focus

Traviata Flooring Systems, established distributors of laminate flooring, have recently partnered with two global manufacturers to bring exciting new ranges to South Africa. Traviloc, a luxury vinyl wood-plank, Is the cutting edge of solid vinyl technology.  Using a patented click all round system it forms a truly floating resilient floor that has great aesthetics, is […]

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The South African Interior Designer of the Year Awards 2011: Call for Entries

This year’s most prestigious interior design and decorating awards are underway! The Fabric Library brings The South African Interior Designer of the Year Award to you in association with House and Leisure and The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). The aim of this prestigious awards programme is to recognise and reward […]

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Ombudsman for solar water heating industry

With the appointment of an ombudsman, Colin Bain, one of the country’s fastest growing ‘green’ industries has taken a huge step forward in ensuring it delivers on consumer expectations while meeting stringent quality standards. Bain, who represents the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa’s Solar Water Heating division offices (SESSA SWH), is responsibility for investigating […]

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Concrete roof tiles cap a successful housing project in Kleinmond

The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) maintains that concrete roof tiles are fast becoming the preferred roofing material for affordable/low-cost housing sectors. A striking example can be seen here at the Kleinmond Housing Project near Hermanus, where some 370 000 double roman plus standard were supplied for the project.   Supplied by a CMA producer member, Marley […]

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What’s on: Upcoming event

4th Annual Green Building Council of SA Convention & Exhibition Date: 26 to 28 October 2011 Venue: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa   The official Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention is South Africa’s leading green building conference, providing a platform for knowledge sharing, world-class education concerning sustainability and the built environment.   […]

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Energy efficiency and a fantastic climate with “intelligent” windows.

More than 50% of world-wide primary energy demand is consumed for the air conditioning of buildings. Mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning systems consume large quantities of energy and, based on their continuous operation alone, are real electricity eaters. Not to mention the space they require and the investment and maintenance costs, which are around 30% higher […]

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