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What South Africa can learn from the Swedish furniture industry

In October 2010, Raymond Ellerbeck, Director of C.O. Designs visited Sweden on a one week study tour of the Swedish furniture industry. The group of about 14 were hosted by a furniture industry cluster in the well known Tibro district. This district consists of about 70 furniture companies, all varying in size, which manufacture a […]

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Partial restoration at iconic Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument, created to commemorate the travails of the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony in the 1830’s and 40’s to settle in South Africa’s interior, forms an important part of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. In order to preserve the beauty and history of one of the country’s most visited attractions, Voortrekker Monument […]

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The second office block in SA to achieve four star Green Rating

The Green Building Council of South Africa has awarded the Ridgeside office development in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban a four-star, Green Star rating making it only the second building in South Africa and first in KwaZulu Natal to have achieved this standard. Derek Henstra, Executive Chairman of dhk Architects and designers of the new office complex, […]

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Construction Industry Outlook – No recovery on site

The construction industry is facing one of the most difficult periods it has over the last 10 years, and is not showing any signs of recovery. Recent statistics show that the industry’s growth indicators have been declining since Q3 of 2009 and that the construction industry has one of the lowest growth figures since early […]

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Top 10 tips to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint

There is a common goal among building owners, facilities managers, executives and real estate developers – to have a building that works more efficiently, sustainably and profitably. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint is a sure way to reach an important part of that target. The benefits of operating efficiently and sustainably are increasing. Not only […]

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Plascon Prism Awards announce winners in battle to adapt or evolve

What does the Mbombela soccer stadium – sporting steel giraffes and zebra striped seats – have to do with Shanghai? How does a steel canopy with the shape of an African tree connect with a design happening in London? The creators of these home-grown designs both won the top accolades in the 2010 Plascon Prism […]

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Mall of the North on track for grand opening in April 2011

Construction of Polokwane’s largest, most modern and eagerly awaited mega shopping centre – Mall of the North – is fast approaching its April 2011 opening deadline. Jointly owned and developed by JSE-listed company Resilient Property Income Fund, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and Moolman Group, the Mall of the North represents the largest […]

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Nedbank phase II awarded South Africa’s first as built Green Star SA rating

Phase II of Nedbank’s head office has achieved another eco-friendly first. Today it was announced at the Green Building Council Convention that the development in Sandton, Johannesburg has been certified as South Africa’s first As Built Green Star SA Building under the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) Office v1 rating tool. The building […]

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Electricity hikes make energy efficient buildings in SA vital

While most property developers and building owners have been slow to adopt energy efficiency strategies, the expected hike in electricity costs in South Africa over the next few years means that focusing on these initiatives will be vital from a financial perspective. Apart from the financial benefits of having energy efficient buildings, energy efficiency is […]

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Three designs with ‘fresh thinking’ win C&CI architectural competition

Innovative designs for a sustainable community building in Hillbrow, township library and community centre in Mamelodi, and Hartbeespoort Dam headquarters for a waterworks and forestry department, are the three winners of the Cement & Concrete Institute’s 2010 Architectural Student Design Competition. The annual C&CI competition this year formed part of ArchitectureZA.2010, a major architecture, design, […]

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