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World Architecture Festival 2013: entries are open!

Architects from all over the world are invited to submit their projects to the year’s biggest architecture festival – submission deadline is 10 June. This autumn the renowned World Architecture Festival will open its doors for the sixth time. From 2 to 4 October, the global architectural community will be converging on Singapore’s Marina Bay […]

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Duravit Design Days 2013

Seven press, 16 architects, interior designs and property developers, and five staff from Duravit and Hansgrohe jetted out to Frankfurt on a warm Monday evening. After an early pick-up at the airport, we were driven south for two and a half hours to our base, Schöne Aussicht, Hornberg in the snowy Black Forest. After freshening […]

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Grand Designs Live returns on the 24th-26th May 2013

Get ready to be inspired to turn your house into an impressive home once again! SA’s most fabulous home and garden show, Grand Designs Live, will be bringing you more design inspiration from the 24th to the 26th of May 2013 at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg.   Grand Designs Live promises exciting, innovative ideas for […]

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MBA North members concerned about state of building industry

Master Builders Association North members generally expect 2013 to show a slight improvement in activity and profitability, but there still appears to be major concerns about the state of the building industry at present, says James Tubb, executive director of MBA North.   “Top of the list of discontentment is the industry’s vital dependence on […]

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An outlook for 2013

Comment on the outlook for 2013 from Norman Seymore, CEO Chryso Southern Africa Group which includes a.b.e. Construction Chemicals: 2012 saw a slight improvement in market conditions compared with 2011 and I believe that there will be continued growth going forward in 2013 – but the market activity remains far below the 2007/ 2008 peak. […]

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An outlook for 2013: By the C&CI MD, Bryan Perrie

Q1: What are the current major talking points in the industry? The increase in the number of Alternative Building Technologies (ABTs) is currently noteworthy.   ABTs are employed, for example, to help reduce the increasing backlog of housing in South Africa – and the majority of the ABTs are essentially concrete systems.   With ABTs, […]

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C&CI training programme for 2013 published

The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Education Programme for 2013 has been published.   Petrus Jooste, Education and Training Manager of the C&CI, says concrete training plays a vital role at a time when the shortage of skills is hampering economic progress in South Africa.   He states in the programme’s foreword that for the […]

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Bathroom tap and mixer trends for 2013

Bathroom taps and mixers have come a long way since their humble beginnings as a mere functional way of turning water on and off. The bathroom faucets of today stand proudly as stylish and elegant features in their own right. They are seen as a fashion item in the home. Saville Jacobson from Bathroom Bizarre […]

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This World Green Building Week let’s manage energy use

From September 17 to 23, World Green Building Week shines a spotlight on the key role of buildings in conserving natural resources, saving money and creating jobs while providing healthier places to live, work and play. Less than a century ago, fewer than 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now more than half […]

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Construction Industry – Still Under Pressure

The end of 2011 saw the construction industry record its biggest improvement in activity in over a year and a half. The persistent recovery in activity has slowed retrenchments within the industry and employment has declined to its slowest pace in two years. Despite these improvements, work remains scarce and tender competition fierce, resulting in […]

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