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The Concrete Institute says that when full life-cycle analysis is assessed, concrete’s low embodied energy contributes to sustainable building.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE BUILDING, SAYS THE CONCRETE INSTITUTE

Concrete has a low embodied energy which is an important factor for ‘green building’, says Bryan Perrie, managing director of The Concrete Institute. (more…)

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AFRISAM’S COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY PERSONIFIES ITS ETHOS OF INNOVATION

AfriSam’s C-Tech cements are pushing the limits of cement and concrete technology to produce products with exceptional performance characteristics which are also environmentally responsible. “Our achievements in the arena of composite technology (C-Tech) personify AfriSam’s ethos of innovation, aimed at ensuring that our customers always enjoy the benefits of high performing products,” Mike McDonald, manager […]

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Building industry trending upwards

Even despite elections, crippling strikes and uneasy foreign exchange rates the building industry in South Africa is on the mend and is showing signs of recovering beyond many analysts’ expectations. This is according to Nico Pienaar, director of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association (Aspasa), whose members are key suppliers of building materials to the […]

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Lafarge sizes up the cement market prospects for 2014

“There is no doubt that prospects for growth in the South African market in the foreseeable future are neither as buoyant as we would like, nor quite as positive as we were forecasting this time last year,” says Thierry Legrand, Lafarge South Africa’s Country CEO. “We are still positive about the long term prospects for […]

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Imported cement offers no advantage

Concrete manufacturers should think again before buying cut-price imported cement as it offers little if any advantage in the marketplace and contributes nothing towards our local economy. So said Grant Neser of Afrisam, in an address to the South African Readymix Association (Sarma), at its annual conference held in Broederstroom recently. He added that any […]

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Ash Resources provides the key to green engineering

Ash Resources introduced the ‘green’ into South African concrete over thirty years ago.  Since then, the company’s fly ash products have made an increasingly important impact on the ‘greening’ of our houses, shopping malls, dams, harbours, bridges – in fact the construction industry as a whole. Each ton of fly ash used in a cement […]

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Lafarge solutions for sustainable concrete

Thirteen years ago, the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide Conservation Partnership with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International. One of the key outcomes of that partnership was a commitment by the Group to reduce its global cement plant carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

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COROBRIK UPBEAT FOR ITS NEW FINANCIAL YEAR

31 July 2013  Durban. In a tough trading environment Corobrik,.the national brickmaker now 111 years old  has completed its 2012 / 2013 financial year with a strong showing. Dirk Meyer, Managing Director of Corobrik says, “the operational strategies revolve around enhancing the Corobrik value proposition.  We drive improvements continuously in the business in all three […]

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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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Mapei cements itself as leaders in the construction chemical industry

Mapei South Africa, local subsidiary of the global Mapei Group, has been manufacturing cement grinding additives in South Africa since April 2011. Mapei has developed a range of chemical grinding aids and performance enhancers that not only increases mill production at cement factories, thereby reducing their energy consumption, but also improves the strength performances of […]

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