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Seminar lays foundations for a more stable construction industry

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) – a registered trade association for employers in the building industry, hosted a seminar to discuss ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. According to MBAWC President, Allen Bodill, “We called together this forum to pin […]

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Bucking the trend

The light steel frame building sector is bucking the recession trend with a growth forecast of 10% for the 2009 calendar year Compared with a 17% decline in the real value of residential buildings completed in the major municipal areas in South Africa during the first half of 2009, this forecast reflects a growing preference […]

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Taking bathrooms to the next level

A bathroom is no longer simply a bathroom – it is a statement. Usually adorned with the best finishes available, the modern bathroom is a multifunctional extension of not only the home, but also of the office, the shopping centre and the hotel. Leading Architecture & Design speaks to both designers and bathroom ware manufacturers […]

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How the workplace can improve collaboration

By Linda Trim, Director of Giant Leap. Whether you design, manage or work in them, we can help you create high-performance, sustainable work environments that bring people together to focus, collaborate, socialize and learn. Converging spatial, social and informational trends are creating demand for workplaces that support new patterns of collaboration. Collaboration is one of […]

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Registrations for the Holcim Awards competition close soon

Registrations in the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction will close on March 23, 2011 (14:00 GMT). The competition encourages building solutions and visions that go beyond convention to address the challenges of sustainability. The Holcim Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms with […]

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Blub Lounge Club – restaurant case study in Barcelona

Blub Lounge Club Location: Batista i Roca, 55 – Pol. Ind. Pla d’en Boet-Mataró (Barcelona) Built area: 600m2 Completion (date) : 2010 Distribution: 1 floor Designer: Elia Felices Interiorismo Photographer: Rafael Vargas A space with capacity to combine evening dining with music and a discotheque. The lighting, shapes, colours, furniture and the space itself create […]

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Western Cape construction industry to convene over current crisis

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) will be hosting a seminar at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, the theme of which will be ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. Recently elected MBAWC President for 2011, Allen Bodill, who has been dedicated […]

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Award winning Australian architect to talk sustainability in JHB, DBN and CT

Highly respected and world-renowned Australian architect, Peter Stutchbury, is to present a series of seminars around South Africa from 14 – 17 March 2011. The presentations will be aimed at professionals of the built environment and students. Peter Stutchbury is the much published, award-winning principal architect of leading architectural firm, Peter Stutchbury Associates. He was […]

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Save on your pocket and the environment by using solar water heating

With the recent introduction of the Eskom rebates installing a solar water heater as apposed to a conventional electrical geyser has become a no-brainer, and that’s besides the obvious environmental benefits. Never mind the usual blurb from the solar suppliers about how long (or soon) it takes to pay off your new solar geyser, given […]

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Going green has never been easier – tipping point reached in SA

South African businesses lag their international counterparts in terms of turning their buildings ‘green’ but a tipping point has been reached – going green is today driven by a convincing mix of financial imperatives, adoption of triple bottom line principles and moral conscience. Being late to migrate to greener practices does have some advantages, however. […]

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