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Glaring maintenance issues will devalue your home
Glaring maintenance issues will devalue your home

In a buyer's market like today's, sellers need to pull out all the stops. An unloved, badly maintained home is harder to sell...

Issued by Private Property 3 Feb 2017

Three construction game changers for 2017
Three construction game changers for 2017

Huge tower blocks built in weeks under one roof, automated bridge-building behemoths, bricklaying robots...

By Kenny Ingram 18 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: 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: 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: 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

#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

#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: 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

#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

What's trending in BizTrends2017?
What's trending in BizTrends2017?

Not only are Bizcommunity's BizTrends reports a respected resource for local and global audiences on par with leading research organisations, but they also enjoy above-average engagement...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Dec 2016

Andries Rossouw, PwC assurance partner
Challenging year ahead for SA construction

2015 was a challenging year for South Africa's construction industry, marred by industrial action, substantial delays on projects, as well as questions raised around safety concerns on structural projects...

19 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players
[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players

According to a recent report by PwC, infrastructure spending in Africa is estimated to grow from $70bn in 2014 to $180bn per annum by 2025...

By Frans Pienaar 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability technology will change our lives and buildings
[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability technology will change our lives and buildings

Buildings are moving from bricks and mortar into what previous generations considered science fiction...

By Werner van Antwerpen 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability, technology key for construction
[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability, technology key for construction

Sustainability and technology will continue to be trend growth points in SA's building and construction industry...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment
[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 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] New approaches to urban planning in property sector

The construction and engineering sectors are currently facing slower growth that is expected to continue into the first quarter of 2016. There is however room for optimism...

By William Johnston 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers
[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers

Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. Mega-infrastructure projects have massive price tags...

By Karl Bishop 18 Jan 2016