December, 2011

Guide to moving into your new home

“The excitement and chaos that goes along with moving into one’s newly built or renovated home can result in homeowners not taking the time to thoroughly inspect their property – often to the detriment of the long term value of this asset,” says Rob Johnson, Executive Director of the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC).“Many […]

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Eurolux launches new catalogue and Lighting Application Centre

Eurolux recently unveiled a new addition to their well known lifestyle showrooms in Cape Town and Johannesburg, specifically designed to showcase their recently launched project luminaire range. The ‘Eurolux Lighting Application Centre’ is a fully interactive space that not only displays Eurolux’s entire project range, but also educates visitors on the different lighting methods and […]

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New energy efficiency leadership network pledge signed by business and government

On December 8, the Department of Energy, Business Unity of SA (BUSA) and the National Business Initiative (NBI), hosted a gala dinner event, sponsored by Sasol, where the public signing of an Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge by business and government demonstrated a commitment by both parties to improve energy efficiency in South Africa. Broadly, […]

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Sustainable flooring for sustainable spaces

There is more to selecting flooring for a commercial space such as a department store, a school or a studio than simply aesthetics, important as this is. Just some of the selection criteria that should be considered include quality, durability, safety, hygiene, ease of cleaning, cost, as well as the increasingly important eco-responsibility.   Building […]

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South African Renewable Energy Associations launch umbrella body

Four leading renewable energy associations today announced their intention to launch an umbrella body to act as a single voice championing the importance and relevance of the renewable energy industry in South Africa. The announcement comes in the wake of the Green Economy Accord recently concluded through a series of engagements amongst Government, business, labour […]

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PVC gets the green light from Green Building Council

In October this year, the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) announced its resolve to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star SA rating system.   A green building rating tool sets standards and benchmarks for green building, and enables an objective assessment to be […]

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Tile Africa Contracts now supplies DoRego’s

Tile Africa Contracts now supplies the proudly South African restaurant franchise DoRego’s with tiles for front and back-of-house.   This chain of restaurants that specialises in chicken, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches underwent a rebranding in 2009 and now utilises striking colours in its store design.   DoRego’s, currently consisting of 75 outlets, recently […]

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Concrete plans are in place for the future of home design in SA

The numerous advantages of concrete and cement in architectural and interior design applications can be experienced first-hand by industry professionals and homeowners at the unique and innovative Concreate show house. This first-of-its-kind concept, which was officially opened in Johannesburg in September 2011, combines various concrete-related services and products with a view to creating a one […]

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CMA member involvement ensures best-practice standards on Middelburg retaining-wall project

Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) members were involved in every aspect of a concrete retaining block (CRB) wall project at Middelburg Mall, an ultra-modern regional shopping centre in Mpumalanga, which is due for completion in April 2012.   Several retaining walls were erected and completed in August 2011. They were designed as gravity retaining walls by […]

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SA companies now world leaders for carbon emissions disclosure

South Africa’s top companies are now firmly established among world leaders for their responsiveness in measuring and disclosing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   As many as 83 of the JSE’s top 100 companies have responded to the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the second highest response rate among 60 countries in which some 3 […]

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