Building Trends 2016

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Preventing shack fires with paint

The Khusela Ikhaya Project, launched by social entrepreneurs Justin Zietsman and Ashley Stemmett of Transception, aims to prevent rapid spreading shack fires through the use of a specifically formulated intumescent (fire retardant) paint applied to informal dwellings...

Tanalised E treatment plant commissioned for Western Cape

Arch Wood Protection has commissioned its first Tanalised E treatment plant in the Western Province...

Safety reigns at Maydon Wharf Berth reconstruction

Transnet Capital Projects has achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a Lost Time Injury on reconstructing and deepening the Maydon Wharf Berth...

[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment

Much of our modern life is rooted in the way we have designed our cities...

By Alta Schoultz

Cashbuild revenue surges 15% as expansion pays off

Building material retailer Cashbuild jumped 8.3% on Tuesday after saying its December quarter revenue had grown 15% from the matching period in 2014. Its revenue over six months was 14% higher than in the previous year...

By Mark Allix

Dry-building method water-saving solution

In growing economies, accelerated urbanisation has created a huge demand for new buildings and infrastructure. Even in the more established cities around the world, ageing construction requires replacement and upgrades...

By Evan Lockhart-Barker

PPC reports good progress at Habesha

Cement company PPC's investment in Habesha, the fledgling Ethiopian cement company, appears to be setting a solid foundation for future growth...

By Marc Hasenfuss

UCT students named winners of Greenovate Awards

Students from the University of Cape Town scooped both first and second prizes in the inaugural Growthpoint Greenovate Awards...

First Builders Warehouse store opens in Zambia

Builders Warehouse has recently opened its first store in Zambia, which has created 156 jobs, at the East Park Shopping Mall, Lusaka. It is the sixth Builders Warehouse store outside of South Africa...

Wage increases for Western Cape building industry

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC Cape of Good Hope) has announced wage increases ranging between 7.5% and 12% for the building industry, applicable from 1 November 2015...

ArcelorMittal steels investors for lower earnings, no dividend

Top global steelmaker ArcelorMittal, hit by falling iron ore prices and cheap Chinese steel imports, issued on Friday, 6 November, its fourth profit warning in three years and suspended dividend payments...

Is the Cloud the right answer for construction in SA?

The construction industry has been labeled as a late adopter, but with the advent of mobility and trends such as Bring Your Own Device...

Thatched roofing ideally suited for eco-friendly buildings

Jason Lucas, CEO of Jason Lucas Master Thatchers, says South Africa is lagging well behind many more forward-looking countries when it comes to adopting and adapting the latest thatching systems for use in today's built environments...

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