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Construction of a multi-billion Rand 'green building' to house the Department of Water Affairs began in Pretoria on Thursday, signalling a new era in the country's response to climate change.  With R8 billion worth of investment in the construction and maintenance of the building, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said…

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Nestled in Ixopo, in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) midlands, South Africa’s Department of Public Works enhanced its environmental credentials as it became the first provincial government building receiving a 5-Star Green Star SA office design v.1 rating.   The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) congratulated the KZN Department of…

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Straw House  Cob House   Homes made from earth have provided inexpensive, durable, eco-friendly shelter since ancient times. After all, dirt is free and will provide easy, natural insulation. What does an earth house look like? The sky's the limit. Tomorrow's homes may be made of glass and steel --…

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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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Affordable Housing Project - moladi formwork systemThe moladi formwork was filled the day before with moladi mortar and is now being removed to be re-erected on the next foundation.The structure is far superior than concentional brick and mortar in both strength and speed as well as cost - This 3…

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