March, 2012

Paint made easy

The days of being intimidated by having to choose the colours for your home or office are over thanks to the free expert advice now available at the recently made-over Plascon Spaces Showroom   The Plascon Spaces Showroom at The Design Quarter in Fourways has opened as a design haven with a new name and […]

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Chryso fibres enhance the fire rating of concrete

Although concrete performs well under fire and high temperature conditions, it can be subject to explosive spalling. When included in the concrete mix, the Chryso fibres range provides cost effective, passive resistance to this violent phenomenon, says Matthew Barker, Chryso SA Mining Business Unit Manager. Barker says explosive spalling occurs when scalding pieces of concrete […]

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Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency bursary students live on radio

Brian Saunders and Sheree Anne Marinus received their bursary cheques during ‘live’ interviews with Gareth Burley on the SAEE’s radio programme The Green Hour with Kingfisher FM. Marishka Singh attended the SAEEC2011 Convention and Exhibition during November 2011 where she was awarded her bursary, but participated in the radio programme via telephone. Each student received […]

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Integrated solutions in Burkina Faso, Brazil and Germany win top awards in sustainable construction

A school project in Gando, Burkina Faso, a multifunctional community center in São Paulo, Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in Berlin, Germany are the winners of the Global Holcim Awards for 2012. These leading sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. The […]

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Current décor trends impact the evolution of shutters

Although the beauty and practicality of shutters have been appreciated for centuries, they have been consistently innovated to suit styles, climates, purpose and architecture through the ages. First made in marble by the Greeks to cool interiors in the Mediterranean heat, later made in timber and reinforced with iron rods in medieval Europe to improve […]

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Multi-layered non-slip flooring solution for parking garages

Andrew Wood of GLH Architects, in consultation with representatives of Mapei’s local division, Mapei South Africa, recently chose products from this global industry leader in construction and concrete technology to complete the revamp of a parking garage for a corporate client in Randburg.   “Preparing the 5 700m² area was quite a challenge. Over the […]

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Atterbury launches landmark R25 billion Waterfall Business Estate

Atterbury Property Group launched its Waterfall Business Estate, a staggering 1,6 million square metre mixed-use commercial development – the most ambitious of its kind being undertaken in South Africa. Atterbury Property Group CEO, Louis van der Watt says: “The opportunity to develop this mixed-use commercial precinct in the heart of the fastest growing metropolis on […]

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Golden oldie demand stands out in strained residential property market

The need for safe, comfortable and convenient lifestyles by people enjoying their golden years is supporting a level of demand in an otherwise sluggish residential property market. This is the view of Gerhard Zeelie, Standard Bank Property Finance head of residential development finance, who tracks the retirement development market and sees it as a growing […]

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Shopping in the Cradle

The construction of a new shopping mall in the vicinity of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is well underway, according to contractor Aveng Grinaker-LTA.   Cradlestone Mall will offer two levels of retail – with a proposed 230 shops and restaurants – which will be serviced by a parking deck consisting of four […]

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TAL appoints new acting general manager

Chaitan Manga has been promoted to acting general manager for TAL. Manga joined TAL in March 2011 as the commercial development executive, responsible for the Construction Chemicals and Building Products division, and was promoted to acting general manager in January this year. “We are confident that Chaitan and the well-established management team have what it […]

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