Construction Trends 2018

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Bright times lie ahead for black-owned concrete business
Bright times lie ahead for black-owned concrete business

Bright by name. Bright by nature. Bright through sheer hard work and dogged determination participated in the Sasol Siyazenzela Youth Programme (SSYB) in 2015, facilitated with the assistance of female-owned Tushiyah Advisory Services...

Issued by Stone Décor 21 hours ago

Paris “under water” and other European cities facing drastic climate change should trigger planners to think urban spaces differently. ,
When climate comes unhinged, we need to rethink how to build our cities

In late January 2018, Paris seemed to be drowning...

By Dagmar Haase 3 days ago

Looking through semi-transparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, author provided
Semi-transparent solar cells: A window to the future?

Can you see a window as you are reading this article?

By Matthew Wright and Mushfika Baishakhi Upama 15 Feb 2018

These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival
These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival

The cocreateDesign Festival has announced its speaker list comprising top local and international designers, thinkers and activists set to tackle challenges in water, food security, mobility and social cohesion...

9 Feb 2018

Filmmaker Michael Uwemedimo, one of the keynote speakers at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, spoke about the violent ‘clearing’ of almost two million people and their waterfront houses in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to make way for development. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Housing crisis: data collection is critical

The use of data to manage the world's growing housing crisis came into focus during the second day of the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference at the University of Cape Town...

By Sean O'Toole 5 Feb 2018

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Amazon opens plant-filled 'The Spheres' buildings

Internet giant Amazon on Monday, 29 January, opened its plant-packed The Spheres buildings in its home city of Seattle...

31 Jan 2018

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Metro calls for investment in innovative solar power project

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is planning to embark on an electricity generation project that will see selected consumers across the metro equipped with solar panels - at no cost to either party...

By Odette Parfitt 30 Jan 2018

City of Cape Town appoints acting commissioner for TDA
City of Cape Town appoints acting commissioner for TDA

The City of Cape Town has appointed Gershwin Fortune, portfolio manager for Integrated Transport, as acting commissioner for the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) with immediate effect...

22 Jan 2018

Wi-Fi to be seen as a "utility" in 2018, says Ruckus
Wi-Fi to be seen as a "utility" in 2018, says Ruckus

There are few things that prevent Africa from truly connecting wirelessly to the internet and as these barriers fall, larger African cities will roll out smart city initiatives in some shape and form...

19 Jan 2018

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm
SA wind energy industry anticipates conclusion of outstanding PPAs in Q1

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), together with the broader renewable power sector, anticipates the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018. ..

19 Jan 2018

Jasco uses solar energy solution to reduce head office carbon footprint by 50%
Jasco uses solar energy solution to reduce head office carbon footprint by 50%

In early-2015, ICT solutions provider Jasco began harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex: Jasco Park...

17 Jan 2018

Matthew Morris wins PE regional leg of 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award
Matthew Morris wins PE regional leg of 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award

Matthew Morris from the Nelson Mandela University was recently announced the winner at the Port Elizabeth regional awards ceremony for the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award...

12 Jan 2018

#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project
#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project

Last year's winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer Competition, Marli de Wet, will this year take up her prize by attending an international design fair of their choice with her Design Time lecturer...

By Jessica Tennant 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa

The impact of buildings and construction on the environment is astounding...

By Dorah Modise 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A recipe for innovation in a cash-strapped country
#BizTrends2018: A recipe for innovation in a cash-strapped country

In today's rapidly changing and fiercely competitive marketplace, it is innovative brands that come out on top. The big problem is that only a few companies in South Africa are spending enough money on research and development...

By Werner van Antwerpen 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities
#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities

"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport." These are the paraphrased words uttered by Enrique Penalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia...

By Elaine Jack 9 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

Four-star Green Star certification for KZN Department of Education: Ugu District Office
Four-star Green Star certification for KZN Department of Education: Ugu District Office

The KZN Department of Education: Ugu District Office has received four-star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)...

28 Dec 2017

Mali's cultural capital shows how citizen-centred development can trump gentrification
Mali's cultural capital shows how citizen-centred development can trump gentrification

In the first week of every February, the streets of Ségou in Mali come to life...

By Jenny Mbaye 22 Dec 2017

Energy intensity per square metre of buildings needs to improve 30% by 2030
Energy intensity per square metre of buildings needs to improve 30% by 2030

The buildings and construction sector needs to step up its efforts in terms of energy performance...

18 Dec 2017

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Who knew pee was valuable?

Liquid gold has been discovered at the University of Cape Town...

By Dave Chambers 7 Dec 2017

UCT game-changers scoop first place in Greenovate Awards
UCT game-changers scoop first place in Greenovate Awards

Along with the inaugural Greenovate Engineering Award, environmental game-changers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in this year's Greenovate Awards...

6 Dec 2017

Sustainable re-use and recycling work for heritage buildings and places too
Sustainable re-use and recycling work for heritage buildings and places too

The desire to preserve the special character and historical significance of unique places and buildings is at the heart of heritage preservation...

By Jason Byrne and Tony Matthews 4 Dec 2017

Greywater systems to save gardens (and property values) during dry summers
Greywater systems to save gardens (and property values) during dry summers

Greywater systems are an excellent way to keep your garden looking great, especially in times of drought or water restrictions, which will add to the aesthetic appeal of your home when you decide to sell, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

1 Dec 2017

Virgin Active Collection Menlyn Maine
Virgin exercises its green credentials

Virgin Active Collection Menlyn Maine is the second of the health club group's facilities to be awarded a 4-star Green Star SA rating for interiors...

30 Nov 2017

Could this magnesium oxide-based material help put an end to rampant shack fires?
Could this magnesium oxide-based material help put an end to rampant shack fires?

The Cape continues to experience rampant shack fires that devastate those with property in the informal sector...

27 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources
#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location...

By Sindy Peters 21 Nov 2017

AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT
AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT

The American Hardwood Export Council's 'Seed to Seat' furniture collaborative will be displayed at Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town from 20 November to 20 December...

17 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way
#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way

Today saw the start of WindAc Africa 2017 - the annual "academic hour for wind power" hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association...

By Sindy Peters 14 Nov 2017

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