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keyboard_arrow_upNaturally defined: surfacing trends 2018
keyboard_arrow_downNaturally 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, the industry is constantly looking […]

keyboard_arrow_upInnovation limits bacterial growth
keyboard_arrow_downInnovation limits bacterial growth

TAL has introduced its water-based epoxy grout, an innovative product that offers excellent chemical, acid and stain resistant properties. “This is the first water-based system in the local market. It has been formulated specifically for ease of application and clean-up,” says Gela Ohl, marketing manager for TAL.

keyboard_arrow_upNo more noise – CRB Noise barriers
keyboard_arrow_downNo 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 for the United Kingdom precast […]

keyboard_arrow_upProtecting perimeters with a variety of fencing options
keyboard_arrow_downProtecting perimeters with a variety of fencing options

C AND J FENCING AFRICA are suppliers and installers of high quality, razor wire, welded mesh, game fencing and Clearview fencing solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upUCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards
keyboard_arrow_downUCT 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.

keyboard_arrow_upSunningdale Shopping Centre gets a makeover
keyboard_arrow_downSunningdale Shopping Centre gets a makeover

The residents of Umhlanga were treated to a much-needed makeover of their local popular attraction, Sunningdale Shopping Centre. Built more than 20 years ago, the refurbishment of the shopping centre was long over-due. 1074m² of Marmoran products were used on the exterior of the retail establishment, with 1.5mm of Permacrete being used as a protective […]

keyboard_arrow_upDrywall construction used in Africa’s biggest museum
keyboard_arrow_downDrywall 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 heritage site into the recently […]

keyboard_arrow_upCluster development chooses uPVC windows
keyboard_arrow_downCluster development chooses uPVC windows

A new estate development in Bryanston has focused on providing eco-friendly homes.  Besides having heat pumps and solar panels, each of the properties in the cluster development is fitted with double-glazed uPVC windows and doors to enhance the energy efficiency and cost savings. The installation consisted of about 150 casement windows and triple sliding doors, […]

keyboard_arrow_up2018 is looking positively vinyl!
keyboard_arrow_down2018 is looking positively vinyl!

Soon hitting our shores, is the brand new “Firm-Fit” residential vinyl flooring range. “Firm-Fit” makes use of state of the art “rigid-core” technology, offering a far more “stable” board, which can be used in full sun conditions (provided rules are adhered to around expansion joints). The full range with colour options will be available from […]

keyboard_arrow_upHow savvy product choice raised construction standards for the Silo Hotel
keyboard_arrow_downHow savvy product choice raised construction standards for the Silo Hotel

Setting a new standard for luxury hotel accommodation, the new Silo Hotel sits above the recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), occupying six floors in the museum’s grain elevator area.

keyboard_arrow_upKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser
keyboard_arrow_downKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser

Did you know that the geyser accounts for as much as 40% of a home’s monthly electricity bill?

keyboard_arrow_upThe Walt Disney Concert Hall
keyboard_arrow_downThe Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, world music and jazz. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is an internationally recognised architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. From the […]

keyboard_arrow_upMaxiflex high performance protection door improves laser production at automotive laser facility
keyboard_arrow_downMaxiflex high performance protection door improves laser production at automotive laser facility

The Albany high performance door supplied and installed by door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex, has improved uptime and production at a leading Eastern Cape automotive manufacturer’s laser facility.

keyboard_arrow_upHybrid drainage systems for gravity sloped wastewater pipes
keyboard_arrow_downHybrid drainage systems for gravity sloped wastewater pipes

Current regulations recommend a lifting station for the drainage of buildings even if natural gravity drainage is available. A lifting station is, of course, a must if the collected wastewater is below public sewer level and needs to be lifted to sewer level, hence the name lifting station.

keyboard_arrow_upDecorex SA illuminates this year’s Christmas trends
keyboard_arrow_downDecorex SA illuminates this year’s Christmas trends

This Christmas season is awash with blushing pinks and subdued hues that perfectly accent the fresh flowers and greenery that will adorn rooms and table settings as the festive atmosphere takes hold. Moving away from the excesses that have come to dominate the month of December, this year will see a more toned-down approach with […]

keyboard_arrow_upSpectacular execution on risky project named Overall Winner at SAISC Steel Awards 2017
keyboard_arrow_downSpectacular execution on risky project named Overall Winner at SAISC Steel Awards 2017

The BMW H-EMS Roof Lift project was announced as the Overall Winner as well as the Winner of the Innovation Category at the SAISC Steel Awards 2017 event, which took place on 13 September at Emperors Palace Gauteng, Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town and The Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban. Leading metal roof […]

keyboard_arrow_upDoor communication with aspirations
keyboard_arrow_downDoor communication with aspirations

JUNG and Siedle are offering electrical installations ranging from switch systems, suitable indoor stations and building automation with KNX through to the entire Siedle door communication range. These include apps, the Scope mobile video communication station and system extensions such as letterboxes, access control and lighting.

keyboard_arrow_upESCO launches new affordable and good quality lock set
keyboard_arrow_downESCO launches new affordable and good quality lock set

ESCO, the well-known ASSA ABLOY brand of lock sets, lock cases, padlocks, door handles and other DIY products in South Africa is launching a new range to market.

keyboard_arrow_upKOHLER® Gallery breaks the mould
keyboard_arrow_downKOHLER® Gallery breaks the mould

Since gaining a foothold in South Africa, KOHLER is fast becoming a leading light in the building industry. The company’s latest initiative is the opening of a Gallery that will inspire like no other in the industry; a bespoke space in Bryanston, Johannesburg that will enthuse the trade and their clients while celebrating South African […]

keyboard_arrow_upLovin’ the oven
keyboard_arrow_downLovin’ the oven

Ovens are a crucial element in any kitchen – allowing you to roast succulent Sunday roasts, bake classic cakes and cupcakes, and of course, a wide range of frozen meals. Read on for an overview on the different types of ovens currently on the market.

keyboard_arrow_upCurb construction project costs through value management
keyboard_arrow_downCurb construction project costs through value management

Improvements in the construction process as well as the function of a building can be achieved through a highly underrated process called value management.

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame Building excellence and growth demonstrated in Steel Awards 2017
keyboard_arrow_downLight Steel Frame Building excellence and growth demonstrated in Steel Awards 2017

Over the years the prestigious Steel Awards, hosted annually by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), has been an excellent barometer of the growth of the Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) in Southern Africa. This year was no different.   Nineteen projects were entered into the LSFB category by seven leading Southern African Light […]

keyboard_arrow_upWhy your most valuable energy source might be your parking lot
keyboard_arrow_downWhy your most valuable energy source might be your parking lot

Rudi Fourie leads Fibre and Facility Management at Sizwe IT Group. Here he speaks about the future of green corporate energy solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy efficiency: the way forward for Nigeria
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy efficiency: the way forward for Nigeria

On 29 August 2017, Nigeria’s first Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) was officially launched in Abuja by the Federal Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

keyboard_arrow_upAll new Eximo® panic and emergency exit device range from UNION
keyboard_arrow_downAll new Eximo® panic and emergency exit device range from UNION

With the design of the new Eximo® range of panic and emergency exit devices the needs of the installer and end user have been paramount. From the easily installed and adjustable modular design, to the aesthetically pleasing family feel, the new range of products offers safe and reliable exiting solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upLonza hits the road
keyboard_arrow_downLonza hits the road

Lonza’s national 2017 road show, ‘Overcoming Industry Hurdles’, proved to be a successful two-week journey around the country.  The road show kicked off in Limpopo and then moved to Mpumulanga, KwaZulu-Natal and concluded in the Western and Eastern Cape. Judging by the positive feedback and compliments received, the topics presented provided valuable insight to all […]

keyboard_arrow_upCemcrete – a unique flooring alternative
keyboard_arrow_downCemcrete – a unique flooring alternative

Let’s face it – with all the flooring options out there even the most skilled flooring professionals sometimes feel overwhelmed. So what should you choose? By nature, people strive for floors that are out of the ordinary, not mass produced and that will be adaptable to their everyday lives. It is for these exact reasons […]

keyboard_arrow_upVan Dyck’s new carpet ranges for summer
keyboard_arrow_downVan Dyck’s new carpet ranges for summer

Van Dyck Floors is excited to bring you its latest carpet editions; Nature and Durban. Nature is a WeatherSafe flatweave carpet perfect for both indoors and outdoors, while Durban offers you a unique design option to create a modern interior feel. These ranges are ideal for luxurious residential applications.

keyboard_arrow_upSIKA sponsors SANCCOB’s new seabird hospital
keyboard_arrow_downSIKA sponsors SANCCOB’s new seabird hospital

The much-anticipated new seabird hospital for SANCCOB is scheduled for completion in December 2017. Sika was delighted to be given the opportunity to support this devoted organisation whose state-of-the-art seabird hospital, the largest development in the history of SANCCOB, will certainly fulfil a dream…

keyboard_arrow_upLaminate flooring – quality is everything!
keyboard_arrow_downLaminate flooring – quality is everything!

For the past three years now Traviata Flooring has sourced its laminate flooring from Laminate Park GMBH in Heusweiler, Germany – without one single product claim in South Africa!!