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Sustainability in the workplace

Incorporating sustainability or green initiatives in the workplace can be a challenge for some organisations. Challenges range from lack of support, unknowing what to do or simply, resistance to change. Organisational leadership needs to create a culture of sustainability within the organisation. They need to demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to sustainability, beginning with a long-term […]

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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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Contracts – the vital building component

Building contracts hold many potential pitfalls so it is essential for future property owners to carefully read – and understand the terminology in – building contracts before work commences, cautions Colin de Kock, executive director of Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA). De Kock says many people are inclined to think the building sector differs from […]

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Living in harmony with the Universe – the principles of Vastu Shastra in architecture

Vastu Shastra is the ancient Indian science of architecture and building design.   It is based on the alignment of buildings to cosmic energies.  The application of Vastu Shastra was used primarily for temple design, however it covers all aspects of architecture from design and construction to habitation.  The underlying essence of Vastu Shastra is for […]

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Building industry should seek profitable sustainability

Sustainability in building is no longer negotiable, the recent Master Builders South Africa Congress at the Windhoek Country Club was told. Speaking on global sustainability issues at the “Beyond 2010” congress, Roger Flanagan, Professor of Construction Management at the University of Reading, UK, emphasised that the importance of sustainability in all aspects of building and […]

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The C&CI Moving Space Short Film Competition 2010

The Cement and Concrete Institute called for entries for the annual C&CI Moving Space Student Architecture Short Film Competition early in 2010. Invites were posted and submissions requested from individual students or group of students currently enrolled at an architectural, film, design or multimedia school. Students were invited to think outside the frame and to […]

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Award winning Australian architect to talk sustainability

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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Cersaie 2010 report back

The team from local tile manufacturer and importer, Johnson Tiles, visited Cersaie 2010 and garnered valuable insight into current ceramic tile trends, including styles, sizes, finishes and textures. “If I had to give an overall report of the fair it can be summed up that ‘less is more’ as described by some of the ceramic […]

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Visit BAU – the easy way

A visit to BAU 2011 needs careful planning: there´s travel to be organised, a hotel to book, information to be gathered on the exhibitors you want to visit, etc. All this is made much easier thanks to the wide range of services BAU offers to support its trade visitors. The aim is to take the […]

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Crossways Farm Village hits the market

Stands in Crossways Farm Village, a unique residential development above the Van Stadens River gorge outside Port Elizabeth, went on the market in November. The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, officially launched the project. The launch follows the approval of the R3,4bn project by the Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and […]

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