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Heidi van Eeden
Heidi van Eeden wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards

South African architect Heidi van Eeden was announced the winner in the Next Generation category of the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards held recently in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Sep 2017

2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA
2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA

The 112th annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, under the theme 'Building South Africa Together', kicked off on Monday, 11 September, at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town...

12 Sep 2017

New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate
New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate

Developers of the Sandton Gate mixed-use development Abland and Tiber are targeting a Green Star certification for the whole precinct under the Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) new Green Star Sustainable Precincts tool...

12 Sep 2017

Durban North property with green-energy leanings including conservation of rain water, solar heating and home automation. Image source: Pam Golding Properties
More homeowners, buyers embracing ‘green' features

While the commercial sector has led the charge in terms of green building initiatives and ratings, the residential property market is now also embracing this trend...

12 Sep 2017

Could the new invention spell the end of rooftop fans? Christophe Finot/Wikimedia Commons,
How the sky can help make air conditioners at least 20% more efficient

Specially designed fluid-filled roof panels can help make air conditioning significantly more efficient, according to new research...

By Geoff Smith 12 Sep 2017

NCPC-SA hosts biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in CT
NCPC-SA hosts biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in CT

The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is hosting its biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in Cape Town at the Century City Conference Centre, 14-15 September...

11 Sep 2017

City of Cape Town gives CTICC site expansion thumbs up
City of Cape Town gives CTICC site expansion thumbs up

The City of Cape Town's executive mayor, Patricia de Lille has conducted the final site inspection of the Cape Town International Convention Centre's (CTICC 2) expansion before contractors hand over the building...

8 Sep 2017

Cleansing the air with clever anti-pollutant roof tiles
Cleansing the air with clever anti-pollutant roof tiles

It is now possible to reduce the effect of fossil fuel burning with this simple smog-busting building material...

By Emile Uys 7 Sep 2017

First green DHL Express facility in SSA unveiled
First green DHL Express facility in SSA unveiled

DHL Express recently unveiled its first green facility in sub-Saharan Africa, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The company also announced the roll-out of further green upgrades to additional sites...

5 Sep 2017

Joburg, Polokwane named greenest municipalities
Joburg, Polokwane named greenest municipalities

The City of Johannesburg and Polokwane in Limpopo are the greenest municipalities in South Africa...

31 Aug 2017

Katse Dam's deep flood of suffering
Katse Dam's deep flood of suffering

A Basotho pony is struggling up a cliff, burdened by jerry cans that have been filled up at a spring. Behind the animal, far below and out of reach, lies the fat gleam of Katse Dam...

By Alexander Matthews 31 Aug 2017

Meeting nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber
Meeting nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber

Buildings, be they domestic, commercial or industrial, are major consumers of energy the world over and this applies to much more than just their day-to-day running...

By Werner Slabbert 30 Aug 2017

Students explore bamboo as sustainable alternative to conventional building
Students explore bamboo as sustainable alternative to conventional building

Combining traditional weaving techniques with digital design...

By Lindsay Samson 29 Aug 2017

Smart evolution of Africa's megacities will help address infrastructure challenges
Smart evolution of Africa's megacities will help address infrastructure challenges

Facing rapid growth and evolution in Africa's megacities, radical and effective urban management is needed...

24 Aug 2017

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Technology is not enough to create connected cities - here's why

The United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in cities...

By Mike Cooray and Rikke Duus 24 Aug 2017

Table Bay ready for flagship mall opening in September
Table Bay ready for flagship mall opening in September

The flagship Table Bay regional retail mall will open on 28 September 2017, with more than 65,000 m2 of retail space...

24 Aug 2017

US Ambassador Deborah Malac, Power Africa coordinator Andrew Herscowitz, and Irene Muloni, minister of energy and mineral development, award CEO of CODE Uganda.
2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda winners announced

The US African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with partners Power Africa and GE, recently announced the winners of the 2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda...

23 Aug 2017

How to avoid the fluctuating price of solar installation on commercial projects
How to avoid the fluctuating price of solar installation on commercial projects

The increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide will result in the rise in cost in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems...

23 Aug 2017

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Growing more plants and trees can cut down the heat in Nigerian cities

Nigeria is regarded as a hot country. Average maximum temperature can reach 38? - one of the hottest in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Olumuyiwa Adegun and Tobi Eniolu Morakinyo 21 Aug 2017

Open Source House by Studiolada
An affordable, open source home

As part of the push toward sustainable design, Studiolada released plans for the Open Source House...

16 Aug 2017

Cape Town’s main storage dam, the Theewaterskloof in May 2017 with 9% of water left in storage. Kevin Winter
What's driving Cape Town's water insecurity, and what can be done about it

In pre-colonial times the Khoisan called Cape Town, //Hui !Gaeb, the place “where clouds gather” and Camissa “the place of sweet waters”...

By Kevin Winter 11 Aug 2017

Habitat for Humanity, UN-HABITAT to host conference on African land governance, management
Habitat for Humanity, UN-HABITAT to host conference on African land governance, management

Land is integral to securing shelter, agriculture for food security, mobilising investments and for the sustainable management of resources...

7 Aug 2017

Twin City Bushbuckridge Shopping Centre in Mpumalanga
Property development in underserved areas is not for the faint of heart

Building in under-serviced areas is tough, but the socio-economic payoff makes it worthwhile in the long run...

7 Aug 2017

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SRK Consulting applies rapid vulnerability assessment tool in City of Mbombela

SRK Consulting has developed a rapid vulnerability assessment (RVA) tool that has the potential to assist local governments in responding to climate change...

4 Aug 2017

CT revised development framework aims to reverse impact of apartheid spatial planning
CT revised development framework aims to reverse impact of apartheid spatial planning

The City of Cape Town has issued a draft revised Municipal Spatial Development Framework which outlines how it intends to transform the city's spatial form...

3 Aug 2017

Africa's cities face unique risks. What can be done to manage them?
Africa's cities face unique risks. What can be done to manage them?

Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are growing fast. Nigeria alone is projected to add 212 million urban dwellers by 2050...

By Sarah Colenbrander 31 Jul 2017

Damelin Benoni city students attend Africa's mega infrastructure show
Damelin Benoni city students attend Africa's mega infrastructure show

Damelin Benoni City students and lecturers recently attended the annual African Construction Totally Concrete Expo at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand...

By Ashmika Chottu, Issued by Damelin 28 Jul 2017

How big business can help small entrepreneurs excel
How big business can help small entrepreneurs excel

A targeted programme to assist black entrepreneurs set up small businesses and co-operatives will fill a gap in the assistance currently offered to black industrialists...

By Tommy Strydom 24 Jul 2017

Abland, Tiber to develop mixed-use Sandton Gate precinct
Abland, Tiber to develop mixed-use Sandton Gate precinct

Abland and Tiber have joined forces to develop the Sandton Gate precinct which will offer an office, retail, residential and lifestyle environment...

19 Jul 2017

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