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President Jacob Zuma, left, on his way to shake hands with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.   International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is triumphant as she emerges from Beijing’s imposing China World Hotel. Her plan seems to be coming together.   She has just taken over from her Egyptian…

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The Department of Trade Industry (DTI) has launched a green technology and resource efficiency grant under the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) for companies in the manufacturing sector.  R 5.7 billion has been allocated to the MCEP for the next three years.  A portion of this has been specifically allocated…

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Corobrik’s Burgundy Piazza Paver and complementary charcoal Corocobble pavers came into their own again with the extension of Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre in the centre of the seaside town’s thriving commercial precinct.   “Midway in 2011, we delivered 1050 m2 of Burgundy Piazza Pavers which were laid in herringbone pattern with…

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For a six-story, 50,000 sq. ft. building to function completely off the grid, its tenants will need to get used to taking the stairs and using composting toilets   How can a six-story, 50,000-sq.-ft. office building in downtown Seattle function completely off the grid? The answer involves solar panels for…

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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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