Life-cycle assessment proves how environmentally friendly LED lamps are

A study on the life-cycle assessment (LCA) of LED lamps by Osram shows the latest generation of lamps achieves a very high score for environmental friendliness. This study involved a close look at their entire life-cycle – how much energy and raw materials the lamp consumes in terms of production, use and disposal and the […]

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SA Firm wins Architectural Design Competition for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies

Cape Town-based architects, dhk has won the Architectural Competition for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in Kenya. The winning design was unveiled by Dr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP accompanied by Dr Reuben Mutiso, Chairman of the panel of international jurors, at an awards ceremony held in Nairobi. The ‘Green […]

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City Center Walking Tour

Sunday, March 13 · 8:30am – 1:00pm Walk begins at Museum Africa at 8:30am and ends at Museum Africa at 1pm. In the General And Overall Tour over fifty sites are sighted and over twenty five of these landmarks are highlighted in a city that is vibrant with activity. The selection of items includes a […]

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Red and Gold: A Tale of Two Apartheid Museums

By Lisa Findley To many South Africans, the end of apartheid, in 1994, was almost unbelievable. After decades of racial oppression, white-only rule, begun officially in 1948, was gone. As the new political and spatial freedoms sank in, the nation began the important process of formulating how to commemorate and curate an era that will […]

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Dalton Architectural Tour

Richard Stretton of Koop Design will be taking an architectural tour of the Dalton Private Reserve buildings, which recently won the AfriSam Award for Sustainable Architecture. The tour will cover architectural and technological aspects of the reserve, going into detail around the buildings, furniture, timber and design process overlaps, as well as show some new […]

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Kitchen appliance trends for 2011

The soul of any kitchen lies in the appliances that it houses – kitchen appliances need to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced and energy efficient. Brennan Menday from premium appliance manufacturer, Miele SA, offers an overview on what elements are currently driving the design and innovation of kitchen appliances going forward. “One transition that […]

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Mauritius EcoBuilding Conference

The second annual EcoBuilding Conference, scheduled for 17 – 18 March 2011, is perfectly timed to provide the property and construction sectors in Mauritius with the latest developments in relation to projects, regulations, initiatives and their implications, as well as to deliver another world class panel of experts who will speak under the theme: Urban […]

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Offshore technology a first in the SA paint industry

People have been painting for the last 20 000 years, from the caveman who used iron oxides to the ancient Egyptians who developed paints from pigments in the soil. Just when you thought the paint industry had it all, we learn that it is about to be revolutionised by a world-wide technology that is fully […]

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Grand Designs Live returns to SA in 2011

For anyone who was lucky enough to visit the inaugural Grand Designs Live show at the Coca Cola Dome in May this year, you will be thrilled to hear that the ‘grandest’ event on the home design, décor, garden and building scene will be returning to South Africa in May 2011, once again promising to […]

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Expansion on the cards for SA solar power company in 2011

Solairedirect Southern Africa is rolling out the next stage of the internationally-held group’s business model as they continue to satisfy the needs of the rapidly growing solar power industry in Southern Africa. Since launching in Cape Town in late 2009, the South African subsidiary of French parent company Solairedirect has been focused primarily on large […]

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