July, 2011

Ecosystems vs. Economics: Reconciling Ecological and Financial Value in the Green Building Sphere

The conflict persists: the need to preserve ecological systems versus the need to use land for development and building. The reason for this conflict more often than not can be attributed to economic restraints. How do you reconcile ecological value with financial value?   This has proved a difficult task, particularly when it comes to […]

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How to interpret LAD lamp data

Jeanine Chrobak-Kando, Business Development Manager for LED lighting at Verbatim considers how to interprete LED lamp data LED lamps are now rapidly replacing conventional incandescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in domestic and commercial lighting. Understanding the data that is presented with respect to lamp performance and operating life is the key to making […]

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Piscina BCN 2011 Awards distinguish the most innovative and sustainable products and projects

The show is inviting entries for the Piscina BCN 2011 Awards which distinguish the companies that present the most innovative and sustainable products. As always, all the products exhibited at the show are entitled to take part in the awards and for the first time this year the show is also including projects that have […]

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SESSA announces new council members

The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation and continued growth of an authoritative renewable energy hub, has announced its new council. Responsible for guiding policy and formulating strategies to assist SESSA successfully meet its objectives, the council comprises 10 industry specialists and academics. They are Henning Holm […]

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Leading South African interior architecture firm takes design to Africa

South African creative firm Source Interior Brand Architects (Source IBA) is working on two hotel refurbishment projects in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare and is beating a path into the rest of the continent.   While working on South African hospitality projects including the Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park, 60% of Source IBA’s current […]

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Is lighting now in the mood for OLED?

Jeanine Chrobak-Kando, Business Development Manager for LED lighting at Verbatim considers how OLEDs are evolving as complementary sources of indoor lighting Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) now appear in a host of commercial electronics applications, most commonly in displays for radio displays in high-end cars, tablet PCs, mobile phones and other consumer gadgets.   An […]

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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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Solar makes cents – The business case for solar water heating

by Irvan Damon, Ambassador, SESSA SWH South Africa’s building industry which, like the industry in many other countries worldwide, has a relatively large carbon footprint, would be doing more than just the earth a favour by convincing its clients to install solar water heating systems. This is because geysers in homes and hotels account for […]

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Heat people not spaces

With winter upon us, many factories, workshops, processing plants, restaurants, corporate buildings and other ‘difficult-to-heat’ areas will be feeling the chill, and given the cost of electricity, heating solutions that are effective and economical will be high on the list of priorities. ‘Infra-red Zone Heating’ provides the perfect solution and will create effective, warm comfort […]

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Huge hollow-core slab project

Thousands of hollow-core concrete floor slabs are being manufactured by Echo Prestress for one of the largest projects in its 30-year history – the new Parktown Village student residence complex for Johannesburg’s Wits University.   Located next to the Park Lane Hospital, the student complex is made up of a group of 14 separate three-storey […]

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