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From housing to homes: An emerging development trend

Large-scale housing developers are increasingly recognising the necessity of constructing projects alongside broader community infrastructure such as schools, shopping centers, hospitals and public transport.   This holistic focus is a welcome shift from the emphasis on constructing as many homes as possible, regardless of whether they may be located far from job opportunities or the […]

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Peace and quiet in Italy’s kitchens

Nuove Dimensioni Ambientali, S.p.A. (N.D.A.), the Italian supplier of solutions for acoustic insulation, uses Basotect® to absorb sound and thermally insulate its Zeus® ventilation system. Zeus is designed to provide thermal insulation and sound absorption in building air vents and the inside is lined throughout with light gray Basotect G. BASF’s open-cell melamine resin foam […]

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Renewable Energy World Africa to launch at POWER-GEN Africa 2012

PennWell Corporation has announced the launch of Renewable Energy World Africa, which will be co-located with the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa conference & exhibition to be held in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa on 6-8 November 2012.   Renewable Energy World Africa joins PennWell’s existing network of leading Renewable Energy World events including Renewable Energy World […]

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Intelligent buildings for today and tomorrow’s energy challenges

In today’s energy-sensitive world, it comes as no surprise that good common sense can do a great deal in making a difference. Buildings and the various cogs and chains that run it are no different. According to Neil Cameron, General Manager at Johnson Controls Building Efficiency: Systems & Service: Africa, energy efficiency does not enjoy […]

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Technology contracting can build ‘smart’ into your buildings’ foundations

Smart buildings are not a fad; they offer proven advantage. Technology contracting, an emerging best practice for construction of facilities, literally builds ‘smart’ into the supporting infrastructure of a building. It’s doing away with traditional multi-contractor autonomy, centralising management and responsibility for the planning, implementation and commissioning of complex supporting systems. The benefits are considerable, […]

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Get water-wise in the bathroom

Tile Africa Contracts introduced a new range of shower roses, hand-held showers and hoses that reduce water consumption without affecting the water pressure and amount of water delivered. The Gio Plumbing range consists of water flow regulators that maintain a predefined constant flow rate regardless of the line pressure. The regulator reacts to water pressure […]

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Smart homes – a new necessity

It wasn’t long ago that ‘smart homes’ were a futuristic dream shared only by the rich and famous, but now the functionality and energy-saving advantages of green home are becoming commonplace – borne of need and smart technology accessibility.   Smart homes can contain as little as simple energy-saving sensor lights that remain on only […]

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Different styles of wooden windows explained

Whether you are building or renovating, your home’s windows can be one of its most attractive features. In fact, just replacing out-dated windows with beautiful new ones can give your home an entirely new look.   Not only are windows a very practical architectural feature, providing convenient ventilation and letting in natural light, but they […]

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Super-smooth screeding

For super-smooth screeding, TAL Screedmaster promises customers the perfect solution. It is a high-strength, rapid-set, shrinkage-compensated compound with high flow properties to produce a level, smooth, flexible and hardwearing floor surface.   It is renowned for its satin-smooth finish and fast-setting qualities as final floor coverings can be fixed after 24 hours, making TAL Screedmaster […]

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Bathroom cabinet trends for 2011

It was over a decade ago when trend watchers started noticing the first stirrings of the inclusion of furniture in the bathroom. Today, this is standard practice, with a wide variety of beautiful and durable furniture on the market, made specifically for bathroom applications.   Says Jasmin Kraneveldt from Bathroom Bizarre: “In the past, many […]

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