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Building product highlights and related news articles or press releases from the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

keyboard_arrow_upBuilding the business case for housing microfinance in sub-Saharan Africa
keyboard_arrow_downBuilding the business case for housing microfinance in sub-Saharan Africa

A new study from Habitat for Humanity says that housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa as they respond to growing housing needs in the region, particularly from poor people.

keyboard_arrow_upBayferrox pigmentation for upmarket helicopter workshop floors
keyboard_arrow_downBayferrox pigmentation for upmarket helicopter workshop floors

Bayferrox pigmentation supplied by Chryso South Africa was used by OnTime Readymix Concrete for the coloured flooring of a new private helicopter workshop at Rand Airport’s Hangar 24 at the end of 2017.

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps – tailor made for the mid-capacity segment
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps – tailor made for the mid-capacity segment

Johnson Controls has launched its Amichi Series of Chillers and Heat Pumps into the South African market. With capacities of 45kW up to 260kW it’s the perfect fit for the local mid capacity segment – it marries the price benefit of a scroll chiller with the increased control a direct current (DC) inverter offers for […]

keyboard_arrow_upBitcon fire doors for sub-Saharan Africa
keyboard_arrow_downBitcon fire doors for sub-Saharan Africa

Bitcon Industries, a South African fire, security and transformer door producer, has secured two new export orders to sub-Saharan Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upMaxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services
keyboard_arrow_downMaxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services

It is crucial that fire station doors operate ultra-reliably and efficiently at all times to ensure that in an emergency, fire trucks are able to leave the station without delay.

keyboard_arrow_upExploring resilience and innovation at AZA18
keyboard_arrow_downExploring resilience and innovation at AZA18

From 3-5 May 2018, #AZA18 will be exploring the journey towards sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities that can respond to growing social, economic and environmental challenges, under the theme ‘WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience’.

keyboard_arrow_upQS Association: change irregular expenditure by changing the watchdog
keyboard_arrow_downQS Association: change irregular expenditure by changing the watchdog

The report of irregular expenditure on the museum upgrade on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s Brandfort home is concerning, but commonplace. The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says this will only change if the right mix of professionals are appointed at the tender phase of infrastructure projects.

keyboard_arrow_upNew Cemcrete all-in-one website
keyboard_arrow_downNew Cemcrete all-in-one website

The saying goes that change is as good as a holiday, and renowned cement-based finish manufacturer, Cemcrete has taken this to heart. The company recently launched its new website and some of the innovative features are: 1) Find your perfect finish quiz  The revamped website features a new look-and-feel with an emphasis on ease of […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew generation luxury vinyl floors
keyboard_arrow_downNew generation luxury vinyl floors

Rococo Xtra, the latest addition to the Rococo suite of luxury vinyl flooring products offered by Van Dyck Floors, was launched in March, offering local consumers a new generation product with advanced features.

keyboard_arrow_upPlanting your retaining wall to survive a drought
keyboard_arrow_downPlanting your retaining wall to survive a drought

While the most critical contributor to the success of any segmental retaining wall (SRW) will always remain detailed planning and competent workmanship, planting will transform a functional structure into an eco-friendly environment that can create a dazzling display of colour, scent and texture. Add to that the possibility of a drought and water restrictions, it […]

keyboard_arrow_upMiele SmartLine units ideal for open-plan kitchens
keyboard_arrow_downMiele SmartLine units ideal for open-plan kitchens

Uncompromisingly elegant, versatile and multifaceted – this is how the new SmartLine units from Miele present themselves to connoisseurs of fine cuisine. Customers can customise their hob ensemble and choose freely from induction hob, Teppan Yaki, gas ring, induction wok and countertop extractor. Together, they form a cooking centre with a puristic appeal that breaks […]

keyboard_arrow_upGuidelines when using granite
keyboard_arrow_downGuidelines when using granite

As previously stated in the article covering marble, the most crucial aspect to using granite is ensuring that you have the installation done by a professional with experience.

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls celebrates 50 years in South Africa with exciting new products
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls celebrates 50 years in South Africa with exciting new products

Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader, is celebrating 50 years in South Africa, creating intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation air conditioning systems.

keyboard_arrow_upWhen to use a grease separator?
keyboard_arrow_downWhen to use a grease separator?

Grease separators should be installed in all locations where greases and oils from plant or animal origin are required to be removed from the wastewater stream. This applies to commercial and industrial applications, for example:

keyboard_arrow_upHigh security, energy saving and low maintenance
keyboard_arrow_downHigh security, energy saving and low maintenance

The owner of this residence required new windows and doors to replace the old wooden windows.  His specification was that the new windows and doors be high security, energy efficient and require no maintenance other than the occasional wipe to clean.

keyboard_arrow_upA floor for when life happens
keyboard_arrow_downA floor for when life happens

Finally it’s here – a floor for your home that’s fit for when life happens! Imagine a floor that’s waterproof, pet-friendly, highly scratch resistant and can be used in any room in the house – even in direct sunlight. It’s called Firm Fit from Traviata Flooring.

keyboard_arrow_upSilo District buildings competing for Gypsum Trophy
keyboard_arrow_downSilo District buildings competing for Gypsum Trophy

The South African Gyproc team is set to compete in plasterboard and non-residential categories in this year’s awards ceremony for the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy, which takes place in Lisbon later this month. The global event, now in its 11th year, takes place annually for industry specialists to exhibit their craftsmanship and skills in drywall construction […]

keyboard_arrow_upRange of vinyl floors make sustainability sense
keyboard_arrow_downRange of vinyl floors make sustainability sense

Architects and contractors often have a difficult time convincing clients that vinyl products are eco-friendly, sustainable and non-toxic. Despite industry experts and insiders recognising modern vinyl’s value and significant benefits and the decision taken in 2011 by Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star […]

keyboard_arrow_upa.b.e. Powdered waterproofer blocks moisture and prevents dampness in plaster and mortar
keyboard_arrow_downa.b.e. Powdered waterproofer blocks moisture and prevents dampness in plaster and mortar

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals now supplies duraproof cem block, an easy to apply powdered product that when added to Portland cement plaster or mortar mixes, streamlines waterproofing by obstructing the capillaries and restricting moisture movement. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Elrene Smuts, Communications Manager of the Chryso SA Group, says duraproof cem […]

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame Building shows its metal in roofing
keyboard_arrow_downLight Steel Frame Building shows its metal in roofing

Talk about Light Steel Frame (LSF) building and what probably comes to mind for most readers are residential buildings, low-rise office blocks, fast-food outlets and other structures built by owners or developers that want energy-efficient, green, aesthetic buildings that can be built accurately and quickly. We have however noticed of late that it is LSF […]

keyboard_arrow_upVibrant floors infuse RCL Foods’ new office with colour
keyboard_arrow_downVibrant floors infuse RCL Foods’ new office with colour

The large-scale, international food producer RCL Foods injected vibrancy and energy into its new Durban office by installing a selection of brightly coloured resin floor finishes from Flowcrete South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upAre you up for the challenge?
keyboard_arrow_downAre you up for the challenge?

Here is your chance to be creative and have your vision come to life, by competing in this exciting Geberit Bathroom Design Challenge where you stand a chance to win a trip overseas. Do you work in the Design Industry or are you a Design Student? Are you looking for a creative outlet to express […]

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist wallpaper design and print company upgrades to Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist wallpaper design and print company upgrades to Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II

Custom wallpaper producer, Maggenta, upgrades to a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II, four years after Acuity LED 1600 investment signalled move away from latex.

keyboard_arrow_upFive new Green ratings for V&A Waterfront buildings
keyboard_arrow_downFive new Green ratings for V&A Waterfront buildings

The V&A Waterfront is proud to be awarded five Green Star Ratings from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) this week. This is in an outstanding acknowledgement of the V&A Waterfront’s commitment to sustainable development.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings

The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time. Tenants are now demanding that buildings are either Green Star rated, or at least designed according to sustainable design principles. “We are moving from […]

keyboard_arrow_upGerman African Innovation Incentive Award for the “cassava bio concrete” house
keyboard_arrow_downGerman African Innovation Incentive Award for the “cassava bio concrete” house

In cooperation with the German federal research institute BAM, Nigerian scientist Dr. Kolawole Olonade from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife received the “German African Innovation Incentive Award” for the project research idea of re-using the residues of cassava as a rheology modifier for concrete and building materials. The prize was announced and awarded by the […]

keyboard_arrow_upGOLD for GROHE: outstanding series at the iF Design Awards
keyboard_arrow_downGOLD for GROHE: outstanding series at the iF Design Awards

Two Gold Awards for GROHE Sense Guard “a brilliant solution against water damage” and GROHE Essence Professional, a kitchen faucet that impressed the jury with its “clever mix of different materials and colours”.

keyboard_arrow_upScope for ‘exporting’ JBCC building contracts for projects in the rest of Africa
keyboard_arrow_downScope for ‘exporting’ JBCC building contracts for projects in the rest of Africa

Building contracts formulated by the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) are appropriate for use outside South Africa – and there is, in fact, substantial scope for contractors to use the locally produced Standard Form of Contract (SFC) for projects in sub-Saharan countries, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the JBCC.

keyboard_arrow_upOnline certification programme to support skills development in roofing
keyboard_arrow_downOnline certification programme to support skills development in roofing

In an effort to support skills training and development in the timber construction industry, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body and watchdog for the timber building industry, recently launched its Online Certification Programme. Designed to offer study materials and tests to improve skills in the timber roofing sector, the programme […]

keyboard_arrow_upSmall businesses to benefit from ground-breaking new partnership
keyboard_arrow_downSmall businesses to benefit from ground-breaking new partnership

In a landmark partnership for collective economic growth in South Africa, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is joining forces with Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, to develop more small businesses for South Africa’s property sector.