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02 Feb 2018
Noise affects staff and patients

Noise reduces performance There is a significant difference when performing a complex task in a quiet or noisy environment. In…

Noise affects staff and patients

Noise reduces performance There is a significant difference when performing a complex task in a quiet or noisy environment. In a noisy environment the performance is approximately 50% less accurate. Consider how this may affect work in healthcare facilities, in emergency departments and in operating rooms, where the average sound…

03 Jan 2018
Naturally defined: surfacing trends 2018

From a design perspective, there has never been so much choice available to specifiers. Ongoing research and development in the…

Naturally defined: surfacing trends 2018

From a design perspective, there has never been so much choice available to specifiers. Ongoing research and development in the Sintered Stone Surface market has meant there is now something to suit any taste and application. From realistic colour palettes and sensitive detailing to silky smooth finishes and subtle texturing,…

03 Jan 2018
No more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as…

No more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as well as the urgency of reducing noise pollution – unwanted human-created sound that disrupts the environment – in South Africa. How concrete acoustic barriers work According to British Precast, trade body…

03 Jan 2018
UCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards

Young environmental game-changers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third…

UCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards

Young environmental game-changers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third year running. UCT scooped up the very first Greenovate Engineering Award too.

03 Jan 2018
Drywall construction used in Africa’s biggest museum

In a building project that took three and a half years and R500 million to construct, Cape Town’s iconic 1921…

Drywall construction used in Africa’s biggest museum

In a building project that took three and a half years and R500 million to construct, Cape Town’s iconic 1921 skyline Grain Silo was transformed into a much talked-about space that now hosts the most extensive collection of contemporary art from the African continent. Crucial to the redevelopment of this…

20 Jan 2016
Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge Set To Become A New Joburg Landmark

The new multi-million rand landmark Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge, developed by the owners and developers of the mall, Bentel Group,…

Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge Set To Become A New Joburg Landmark

The new multi-million rand landmark Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge, developed by the owners and developers of the mall, Bentel Group, opened to the public late last month (December) just ahead of peak festive season trading.

12 Nov 2015
Visualising The Future Before It Is Built

Building Information Modelling is transforming the design process of buildings by offering savings on construction costs as well as operational…

Visualising The Future Before It Is Built

Building Information Modelling is transforming the design process of buildings by offering savings on construction costs as well as operational savings in terms of waste, water and energy use. Combining BIM with other developments such as advances in data analysis and cloud-based collaboration also open up exciting potential to reshape…

16 Sep 2015
The Wauw Factor

Brothers in law Erik Janse van Rensburg and Eric van den Berg launched Wauw Architectural and Urban Workshop in 2013.…

The Wauw Factor

Brothers in law Erik Janse van Rensburg and Eric van den Berg launched Wauw Architectural and Urban Workshop in 2013. Their aim for the business: To grow a thriving and sustainable platform to provide a nurturing environment for critically acclaimed design.

14 May 2015
Energy Crisis Calls For A New Way Of Thinking

South Africa’s energy crisis has everyone searching for solutions. We spoke to Evan Lockhart-Barker, General Manager Marketing for Saint-Gobain in Southern Africa,…

Energy Crisis Calls For A New Way Of Thinking

South Africa’s energy crisis has everyone searching for solutions. We spoke to Evan Lockhart-Barker, General Manager Marketing for Saint-Gobain in Southern Africa, about Saint-Gobain’s move towards a more sustainable way of doing business. Who is Evan Lockhart-Barker? I was born and raised in Bloemfontein and graduated from St Andrews School before completing…

21 Jan 2015
Smart shopping for smart homes

A novel website, WWW.STAND47.CO.ZA, allows visitors to take a step-by-step guided tour through a physical home using only a cell phone,…

Smart shopping for smart homes

A novel website, WWW.STAND47.CO.ZA, allows visitors to take a step-by-step guided tour through a physical home using only a cell phone, tablet or desktop computer. Stand 47 is an award-winning concept house co-developed by Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of contemporary building technology. The home was built to physically demonstrate the…

18 Jan 2015
Wearable Architecture

FORM MATTERS is a material exploration by South African architect and designer Liani Douglas. The self initiated project investigates how the…

Wearable Architecture

FORM MATTERS is a material exploration by South African architect and designer Liani Douglas. The self initiated project investigates how the same material that is used to create large architectural masterpieces and engineering marvels around the world, can also be used to create smaller wearable architectural pieces. Concrete is used to reveal…

14 Jan 2015
Paragon’s vision for new Sasol HQ pushes the boundaries

Sasol, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, is building its new corporate office on Katherine Street…

Paragon’s vision for new Sasol HQ pushes the boundaries

Sasol, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, is building its new corporate office on Katherine Street in Sandton, Johannesburg, and Paragon are the architects that took up the challenge. The vision for the new building was to somehow link the look of the new building to…

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