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The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has launched the PILOT Energy and Water Benchmarking tool for the commercial property industry, which allows property owners to see how their building’s consumption measures up to industry norms.   The GBCSA has launched the Pilot version of its Energy and Water…

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The improvement of public transport is one of eight key strategic focus areas identified by the City of Cape Town in its Integrated Development Plan for achieving its long-term vision and developmental goals. The city has been working on the first phase of an Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system in…

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As the world’s population steadily grows, people are moving to cities more than ever – increasing the need for suitable accommodation in urban centres. Multi-unit residential homes are an ever-more attractive option for city dwellers, and greening these developments are important to ensure sustainable cities going forward. To meet this…

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Energy efficiency has become a focus area for businesses as the cost of electricity has continued to escalate in recent years. However, when embarking upon carbon footprint reduction initiatives and when looking to reduce resource usage to decrease costs, many organisations fail to take one all-important area into account: water.…

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Five South African décor and design businesses have created a one-stop shop solution for decorators at the newly established Number 3 Kramer Road in the heart of Kramerville, Johannesburg. The building houses top décor and home furnishing merchants such as Lula Fabrics, The Mill contract fabric suppliers, Sasi Wallpaper, Rebtex…

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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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Home buyers wanting luxury living are buying homes at the Taj Cape Town residences thanks to Urban Development Zone (UDZ) tax incentives. Cape Town has added yet another accolade to its collection of awards, having just been cited by CNN as one of the 10 most loved cities in the world. …

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The Johannesburg office property market has seen flat rental movements, improvement in vacancies and new stock completions, according to a report. According to the Jones Lang LaSalle South Africa Johannesburg Real Estate Overview Q2 2012 report, in light of the above, a cautionary environment is prevalent following the slowdown in…

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