September, 2011

Net-zero energy buildings – a worthwhile sustainability goal

By Karl van Eck, Regional General Manager Africa at Johnson Controls Global Energy Solutions Reducing carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency has become an important issue for businesses in light of ever increasing energy costs and a growing awareness of environmental issues surrounding fossil fuels. However, in the pursuit of the goal of greater efficiency […]

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New sewage system making green living easier

Ozone Services Industries (OSI), a South African water, air and sewage treatment specialist, has commercially launched its Biozone Nokak Sewage Treatment Plant, a compact and affordable alternative to septic tanks and French Drain sewers aimed at golf estates, housing developments, game lodges, shopping centres, and mining villages.   The Biozone Nokak Sewage Treatment Plant is […]

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Buyers snap up homes in trendy inner cities

While South Africa’s property prices continue to decline with people still feeling the pinch, first-time buyers are snapping up trendy homes in affordable areas.   And areas such as The CBD and Braamfontein are benefiting. Johannesburg’s inner-city regeneration projects may have become a cliché of late, but the residential property market there has remained buoyant […]

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Eagerly awaited ISO energy management standard published

The long-awaited launch of International Standard ISO50001 on 15 June 2011 is likely to add further impetus to the energy management momentum that is building in South Africa. Energy is one of the most critical challenges facing the international community and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) estimates that the standard could have a positive […]

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Precast concrete providing a quality solution for Ga-Rankuwa housing project

Diamond-Maxi concrete bricks, concrete roof tiles and bevelled concrete pavers are providing durable, productive and very attractive building materials for the Ga-Rankuwa Extension 24 fully government subsidized housing project. Funded by the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing (Tshwane Region) and situated in Northwest Province, this is a cross-border project which entails the construction […]

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Building a prosperous South Africa

According to the Development Bank of South Africa, “Economic growth is key to addressing unemployment, gender equality, health and other poverty related issues worldwide. Enterprise development is an important tool and an essential element to economic growth.” Enterprise development involves investing time, knowledge and capital to help Small and Medium Enterprises establish, expand or improve […]

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Stress-free building

We’ve all heard the horror stories that accompany building and renovating. Your builder takes his deposit and never returns, the man installing your new kitchen takes an upfront payment and only finishes half of the kitchen…they go on. In many cases these headaches were caused by builders, contractors and suppliers that do not adhere to […]

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Questionable practices

Some suppliers of hollow-core concrete floor slabs to the Western Cape’s building construction market have been accused by an industry leader of indulging in “questionable practices” to secure business in the highly competitive slab market.   Peter Lord, a director of Topfloor, the province’s largest hollow-core producer, says the Cape’s over-traded hollow-core slab market has […]

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Mogliano, 1B Offices

South African architectural firm making its mark on the Italian landscape

Local architectural firm, dhk architects, are the designers for a multi-million Euro office block in Mogliano, Italy. The 9000m2 corporate office block, currently under construction, comprises two highly visible buildings designed around a glazed public atrium. The piazza-like atrium brings the two building structures together in a communal area with a signature coffee bar and […]

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Counting down to COP17 Durban 2011

Come November 2011, Durban / eThekwini will become the centre of the world’s attention and the transient ‘home’ to an estimated 15 000 delegates, representing 190 nations, as the City plays host to COP17, the largest gathering of participants globally around the issue of climate change and the largest conference ever to be held on the […]

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