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Entries open in two million dollar sustainable construction competition

The Holcim Awards is one of the most significant competitions in its field in terms of reputation and international scope. The fourth cycle of the competition offering a total of USD 2 million in prize money is now open for entries. The competition seeks leading projects from industry professionals and bold ideas from the “Next […]

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Economics of Green Building course set to influence development strategies

In the face of ever declining ecosystems and degraded environments, it is widely acknowledged that earnest efforts are needed to reduce emissions and to embrace sustainability.  Worldwide, buildings are responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, representing the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ in the reduction of emissions. Studies have presented empirical evidence that high performance […]

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How Gen Y is transforming office environments

The way people work is changing fast and this can be attributed to the arrival of Generation Y in the workplace. We are facing a huge generational shift as many Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are currently retiring, making way for Generation Y (born around 1977 to the 1990s). Also known as the […]

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Got a green strategy yet? Top pitfalls to avoid

There are many different ways for an organisation to reduce its carbon footprint and ‘go green.’ However, few solutions will deliver the hoped-for results if you haven’t done your homework, read the fine print and put in place the foundations necessary to leverage your investments. If you are serious about embedding eco-principles into your business, […]

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SIKA ACQUIRES LEADING UK MANUFACTURER OF SEALANTS AND ADHESIVES

Sika has acquired Everbuild Building Products Ltd, UK’s largest independent manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and construction chemicals. Everbuild is located in Leeds with annual sales revenue of over CHF 90 million and a workforce of 270 employees. Everbuild, founded in 1994, is a highly reputed brand in the UK building market and the leader in […]

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Geberit – Sigma10 flush plate makeover

The Geberit Sigma10 flush plate now with a design makeover and new stop-and-go flush activation How to make timeless design even more perfect – the new, subtle makeover of the Geberit Sigma10 flush plate shows how. Thanks to a diverse selection of colours and surfaces, the flush plate looks fabulous in any interior décor. The […]

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Minister of Energy visits ART Solar

A highlight for ART Solar at the end of May 2013, was a visit from the Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, to the recently established plant in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. “We were proud to introduce the Minister to our team and to show the dignitaries around our new manufacturing facility. ART Solar has the latest […]

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Saint-Gobain Gyproc launches new generation DONN grid system

June 2013 – The DONN ceiling system has been reinvented by the innovative Gyproc team in South Africa, and was launched last week to industry stakeholders including contractors, architects, project managers and media at a series of events hosted in major cities across the country. The new generation of DONN grids are fully compatible and […]

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Settlement agreement for SA construction firms – legal findings

The need to strike a balance between tough action on cartelists on the one hand and an industry able to deliver on its infrastructure mandate   Justin Balkin from ENS: The Minister is undoubtedly correct.  As in all cases of collusion, it is essential that an effective penalty is levied (for purposes of both punishment […]

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Extending long-standing retaining walls.

A successful product is one that gets used more than once, having satisfied the expectation of the client. Below is a showcase of two projects that used the same local retaining block to extend long-standing retaining walls. Oasis Retirement Centre, Century City The first wall, approved by Harries Projects, is a long wavy sound barrier […]

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