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The South African value of recorded building plans (at current prices) increased by 3.8 percent (R947.5 million) during January to May 2012.  According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report, this figure is high compared to the same period last year and the biggest increase was reported for residential buildings…

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The cost of building a new house increased by 4.3 percent year-on-year (y/y) in Q2 2012, down from 4.8 percent in Q1 2012, according to a report. The Absa Home Loans Housing Review Q3 2012 report reveals that the average nominal price of a new house increased by 4.5 percent…

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Find out how thirty low-cost houses located in a small cul-de-sac road in Cato Manor near Durban received a “green street” upgrade. The “green street” project was initiated to uplift homes in low-income areas with retrofits.    Read below about the Cato Manor Green Street case study launched by the…

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Increased global pressure on the construction industry to produce more sustainable designs has led to some innovative ideas for lowering carbon emissions. Installation artist, builder and environmentalist, Joost Bakker, develops sustainable buildings such as his own home and pop-up restaurants made completely of recycled or reused materials insulated with straw. …

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