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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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LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA REWARDS CONCRETE EXCELLENCE AT THE ARTEVIA AWARDS

Lafarge South Africa awarded applicators and architects for outstanding use of the company’s Artevia product at the 2016 Artevia Awards held at the Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton recently. (more…)

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ENTRIES OPEN FOR CONCRETE MANUFACTURERS’ AWARDS

The Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC (CMA) has announced that its Awards for Excellence competition will be run during 2015/16. PPC, the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, is the anchor sponsor of the competition. According to Echo Group managing director, Monique Eggebeen, who chairs the CMA’s Awards committee, the essential purpose of the awards […]

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Wearable Architecture

FORM MATTERS is a material exploration by South African architect and designer Liani Douglas. The self initiated project investigates how the same material that is used to create large architectural masterpieces and engineering marvels around the world, can also be used to create smaller wearable architectural pieces. Concrete is used to reveal the overlap between the disciplines […]

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Call to professionalise concrete supplies

Concrete gurus from around the country have called on professional bodies within the construction industry to become stricter when specifying concrete in order to improve the standard of construction in South Africa. Speakers and participants in the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma) annual conference agreed that more has to be done to ensure that the […]

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SUSPENDED PAVING – IT’S IN THE BAG

How does one convert a dull bitumen-coated flat roof or terrace into an attractive paved surface without the use of grout or any other form of binding agent? One answer is to be found in suspended paving, a process which uses concrete flagstone pavers without the use of any binding agent. Unlike conventional paving or […]

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Finding the missing link in construction

Experts are sometimes left perplexed in instances where a “well-built” concrete structure fails despite all evidence indicating that the correct materials and procedures were used in its construction. Closer investigation however, often reveals a different picture in which blind trust was placed in third-party suppliers’ and whose products were incorrectly classified and did not perform […]

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Lafarge sets the stage at Alliance Française in Sunnyside, Pretoria

Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials, recently donated innovative concrete products to create a community stage for cultural events at the Alliance Française of Pretoria. The project will be an asset for the local community and Lafarge’s support is in line with the Group’s […]

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AFRISAM SUPPLIES CONCRETE TO FINAL PHASE OF LYNNWOOD BRIDGE COMPLEX

AfriSam has supplied 13 000 m3 of 30 MPA enhanced suspended slab mix for Phase 3 of the Lynnwood Bridge complex, in compliance with the developer’s Green Star specifications. The company has supplied the concrete required for all three phases of the Lynnwood Bridge complex, located on the North East corner of the N1 Highway’s […]

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THE ROLE OF SYNTHETIC FIBRES IN CONCRETE

Deficiency in tension in both plastic and  hardened concrete made with portland cement can be overcome by the use of conventional rod reinforcement and the inclusion of a sufficient volume of certain fibres. While synthetic fibres can be used to improve the strength of hardened concrete, it is primarily used for crack control in plastic […]

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