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On the 7th of October, architects from around the world celebrated World Architecture day. Like many other industries, the construction industry has had to re-think its relationship with the environment. Gradually, we are starting to embrace aspects of green construction and accepting our responsibility to the environment. We are exploring…

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Building collapses such as those seen in Bangladesh and Nigeria recently may happen in South Africa unless more careful attention is paid to the specification of appropriate materials to meet buildings’ design criteria.    This year in particular there have been a number of reports of buildings collapses which claimed…

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The Lafarge Finesse Demountable Partition System offers exceptional freedom for architects and designers planning optimal work space in offices by ensuring the most efficient use of floor space. Wessel Grobelaar, Project Co-Ordinator at TSA Management, says the Lafarge Finesse system is making things easier for contractors at TSA’s projects in…

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2014 will be a big year for water infrastructure in Durban with construction of the second phase of the Western Aqueduct gathering momentum and the beginning of the first contract of the urgently Northern Aqueduct likely to begin. Neil Macleod, head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) said that the…

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Scaw Metals Group, a leading South African manufacturer of a diverse range of high-quality steel products, has signed a knowledge exchange agreement with the German Steelmaking Company, Badische Stahl-Engineering GMBH (BSE) to drive technological advances and excellence at its steelmaking and rolling facilities. The agreement is in line with the…

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The world faces a challenge: The scarcity of water poses a very real threat to the way we live our lives. As it is, too many people throughout the world do not have access to drinking water and sanitation, so the precious amount of water that is available needs to…

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Even internationally, the construction industry accounts for a sizeable portion of any country’s income. As a labour intensive sector, the industry is renowned for providing employment to a significant portion of the population in South Africa and plays a major role in economic growth. However, like most, it is very…

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The Green Building Council SA (GBCSA) has taken up residence at its inspired new green office at the Blackriver Park complex in Observatory, Cape Town. Growing up fast As the commercial property industry in South Africa embraces sustainability, so the GBCSA's capacity and reach has expanded to the point where…

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Even internationally, the construction industry has been seen to be slow in adopting new technology and innovative solutions. This may be because, amongst other things, the amount of money spent on research and development has been relatively low compared to other industries. While much progress has been made, there is…

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