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Insulating a building with chicken feathers
Insulating a building with chicken feathers

A student-led startup called Aeropowder leads the charge in sustainable insulation made of chicken feathers...

13 hours ago

Utility distorts facts about renewable energy, group claims
Utility distorts facts about renewable energy, group claims

Eskom has been accused of deliberately distorting facts about the cost of renewable power purchases...

By Bekezela Phakathi 14 hours ago

ENGIE signs an agreement for the development of renewable energies in Senegal.
ENGIE, ANER partner to promote clean energy in Senegal

ENGIE has signed a partnership with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to accelerate the development of renewable energies in the country...

1 day ago

'Intrusive' Oracle plans put on hold
'Intrusive' Oracle plans put on hold

Cape Town planners have been sent back to the drawing board in a five-year battle over the "intrusive" addition of four floors to a city centre building...

1 day ago

A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel
A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel

MIT researchers created 3D printed forms of graphene that are ten times stronger than steel...

By Lolita Pukwana 1 day ago

RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced
RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has awarded chartered building surveyor Anil Singh Rana Mentor of the Year 2016. Rana is associate project manager for UK-based Capital Property and Construction Consultants...

13 Jan 2017

BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban
BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute will host a BIM BAM BOOM workshop for architects, engineers and other building professionals at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 22-23 February 2017...

13 Jan 2017

2016/2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards judges announced
2016/2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards judges announced

Now in its third year, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has assembled some of the industry's most influential creatives on the national and regional judging panel who will evaluate the various category submissions, choose category finalists and the overall winner...

12 Jan 2017

Expect the unexpected when it comes to décor trends in 2017
Expect the unexpected when it comes to décor trends in 2017

In a fast-paced, electronic world, trends from around the globe are reaching South Africa far quicker nowadays...

By Richard Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless...

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market
#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market

Drought, local political uncertainty and ongoing global macro-economic instability have placed many businesses on the back foot as they go into the New Year...

11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture
#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture

In many professional fields, the explosion of multimedia options have given the public an array of resources and 'wisdom' on architecture, medicine, IT and graphics, to name a few...

By Kevin Bingham 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement
#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement

Architecture has more to offer the South African context than ever before, largely due to the opportunities offered by transformative development frameworks...

By Yashaen Luckan 11 Jan 2017

Concave roof design collects rainwater to cool the interior
Concave roof design collects rainwater to cool the interior

This crafty double roof design collects rainwater and cools the interior of the home in arid regions...

By Lolita Pukwana 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability
#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

Although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses...

By Theunis Coetzer 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR
#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR

The use of virtual reality (VR) technology - and not only in the design phases, but throughout the construction phases and in facilities management too - is quickly becoming the biggest trend in the built space today...

By William Johnston 11 Jan 2017

Firms push envelope with bright ideas to deliver energy to Africa
Firms push envelope with bright ideas to deliver energy to Africa

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business, said in 2015 that in terms of current trends, it would take until 2080 for every African to have access to electricity...

By Tsakane Ngoepe and Tine Henriksen 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry
#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry

Despite numerous appeals made to government by industry, not enough has happened this past year to improve South Africa's water infrastructure...

By Jan Venter 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold
#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold

Dissatisfied urbanites increasingly experience carbon emissions, resource indulgence, aching infrastructure and the resulting gridlock, disempowered local economies and degradation...

By Donia Kamstra 10 Jan 2017

Can architecture help us heal from loss?
Can architecture help us heal from loss?

The ‘Mask House' was built specifically for those coping with grief...

By Lindsay Samson 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: A look at the affordable housing space
#BizTrends2017: A look at the affordable housing space

There remains a huge interest and demand in affordable housing in South Africa...

By Karen Petersen 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials
#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials

"Necessity is not the mother of invention. It more often happens that the acquirement of knowledge of the previously unknown properties of a material suggests its trial for some new use." - Willis R. Whitney

By Daniel van der Merwe 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever
#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever

The construction industry has always been cyclic, enjoying a boom for several consecutive years only to face a slump afterwards. Eventually, things pick up again...

By Larry Feinberg 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction

The myth that cost outweighs yield for companies that invest in greener, more sustainable and stakeholder-driven policies has been debunked...

By John Schooling 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Developing Africa's future cities
#BizTrends2017: Developing Africa's future cities

Cities are "smart" when infrastructure, urban assets, public services, human and social capital, mobility systems and other forces are improved and optimised under ICT...

By Nadir Jeeva 9 Jan 2017

Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets
#BizTrends2017: Flooring market is moving but the basics are not

For decades, wooden flooring, vinyl sheeting, ceramics and carpeting have been the traditional flooring used in residential and commercial markets. We spoke with Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets in Durban about the latest flooring trends...

9 Jan 2017

Millions spent to keep taps running
Millions spent to keep taps running

The Northern Cape municipality of Hantam has spent more than R5m on transporting water to a town in the throes of a water crisis...

By Roxanne Henderson 9 Jan 2017

Mario van Wyk from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is the regional winner for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year. His entry is entitled Horror in Architecture.
Sustainability key in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

Sustainable building is a mindful approach to energy and ecological conservation in the creation of the built environment...

6 Jan 2017

China leads charge to promote sub-Saharan infrastructure
China leads charge to promote sub-Saharan infrastructure

A range of foreign operations are expected to begin investing in sub-Saharan infrastructure development, with Chinese construction companies firmly in the dominant position...

By Mark Allix 6 Jan 2017

Good news as domestic workers get piece of Oceans Umhlanga pie
Good news as domestic workers get piece of Oceans Umhlanga pie

More than 460 domestic workers will own a portion of Durban's exclusive R3.1bn Oceans Umhlanga Development, thanks to the generosity of their wealthy employers...

By Nce Mkhize 5 Jan 2017

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