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This affordable, emergency housing system is aimed at disaster prone areas and displaced peoples. Developed to create safe, sustainable and affordable homes for people living in low-income, marginalised areas around the world, LifeArk is a quickly deployable modular building system. The inaugural project of GDS Innovation Lab, a social innovation arm of the award-winning international architecture firm GDS, LifeArk aims to enable real transformation in a world where countless families remain without access to safe, sustainable homes…
Before implementing any energy saving initiatives, you need to assess the expected savings first. Excellumax does this by metering your building’s power consumption and other variables. The company then uses its energy reporting software, AR2 SoftwareTM, to process the data and gain valuable insight into your building’s energy consumption.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, Graphisoft launched ARCHICAD 21, its industry-leading BIM software solution, in regional events across South Africa mid-June this year. The latest version of ARCHICAD introduces the highly-anticipated Stair Tool, featuring GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending Predictive Design™ technology.
Will one of these striking structures take 2017’s World Building of the Year title? Here are 22 architectural gems that really stand out.
The hard talk between the Built Environment, technology vendors, construction experts and academia happens from 23-24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.
Imagine clean energy for your home or business that is easy, efficient, smart and beautiful. Three curious and progressive-minded friends all living in Burgenland, Austria circa 2010 set out to a create a completely new and unique solar solution - inspired by the shape of a sunflower- in an attempt to challenge the status quo of the solar energy market at the time. From their effort, smartflower was born. Essentially, it is a smart solar panel that follows the sun. It is a fully integrated, plug-and-play solar system that powers your world with clean energy. It’s pleasing to the eye, simple to install, even easier to use.
Basic business principles and cloud-based technology platforms need to be considered if the consulting engineering sector wants to stay afloat. In amongst a myriad of issues, the industry suffers significantly due to a chasm between the actual costs of a project versus the fees derived from scales that are quoted to win business. Simon Berry, Director, Fresh Projects, an online business management platform, says that it is critical that consulting engineers rely less on what is now a defunct fee-scale structure and rather find a new technology driven way to calculate appropriate fees.
STANLEY provides top of the range measuring tools that are perfectly suited for a diverse array of uses for the DIY enthusiast, interior designer and decorator, estate agent and even architect. Two innovative STANLEY lasers have recently been launched in South Africa.
While technology continues to evolve, we often don’t stop to think about why the world around us seems to be in a constant cycle of change. The reality is that keeping customers happy is what drives most innovation. Whether it is an app or something else in the cloud, the user experience is what matters most. This phenomenon goes further than most would expect and is even prevalent in construction as teams continue to grapple with large and unyielding construction projects, not yet realising that technology innovation can not only make things easier, but also ultimately lead to a happier team.
The worldwide web most of us are familiar with is a place populated by about 2.5 billion people who go online to find information, entertainment and shopping, or to stay in touch with friends and share ideas with colleagues. The internet was made by people, for people. But now it has become the Internet of Things (IoT). Experts predict that in a few years there could be 100 billion devices—actual physical things—connected to the web. Some of these devices are online today and more, many more, are coming soon.
The grid – the infrastructure that delivers electricity from our local utility and municipalities to buildings – is over-taxed. Because of increasing demand during peak time periods and the imminent output of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind when South Africa’s Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) start contributing with supply, the grid is less able to provide a stable energy supply.
The African property development industry is rich in new developments, pressured successes and epic challenges. Lessons can be learnt by examining these projects, their strengths and weaknesses, their management strategies, and the reasons for their success or failure.
Cannon Technologies, one of the leaders in innovative data centres, has introduced a pioneering data centre leasing service designed to offer organisations a comprehensive solution to all medium-term capacity challenges. This service offers all the benefits of Cannon Technologies’ state-of-the-art modular data centre technology, with no upfront capital investment.
Building Information Modelling is transforming the design process of buildings worldwide offering savings on construction costs as well as operational savings in terms of waste, water and energy use. Combining BIM with other developments such advances in data analysis and cloud-based collaboration also opens up exciting potential to reshape the way engineers, architects and designers collaborate on future projects.
Kaytech has developed an APP that gives you access to wide-ranging geosynthetic support at the touch of your smart phone screen. KayApp invites you to learn about Kaytech products, contact the sales team, connect with the technical team, and more… from your mobile device wherever you are.
FLIR Systems has launched the FLIR C2, the first fully-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed to help building professionals identify hidden heat patterns that clearly show where problems are, such as sources of energy waste, signs of structural defects, plumbing issues and more.
A glimpse back at the office of 1990 would remind us of a workplace where fax machines and fixed telephone landlines were the main mediums of communication. Bulky monitors, desktop PCs and fax machines were the norm, and an inbox was a physical tray overflowing with paper. It would be another year before Tim Berners-Lee launched the world’s first website. Flexible or remote working was an exception. Roll forward to today where electronic communication via the web, email and social channels is firmly established, where desktop PCs have largely been replaced by mobile computers such as notebooks and tablets. Video conferences via FaceTime or Skype are commonplace with remote, flexible working practices gaining widespread acceptance. Without doubt, the workplace has come a long way in the last 25 years.
Khulani Timber Industries, one of Limpopo’s longest established timber treatment operators, has given Arch Wood Protection’s Tan-Treat™ Quality Support System the ‘thumbs up’ for value-added savings and efficiency improvements.
Trina Solar Limited, a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services, announces the launch of two new high-efficiency modules, the Honey Plus (PC05A (II)), a multi-crystalline module and the Honey M Plus (DC05A (II)), a mono-crystalline module, which offer average power outputs of 275W and 285W, respectively.
New to Legrand’s range of service sector solutions is an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, which enhances products - from structured cabling systems for data networks, to control and management of the installation, including trunking and distribution systems.
With greater energy efficiency topping the wish list of facility and energy management executives globally, four cross-industry tech trends are having a transformative impact on building systems: Visualisation, Machine2Machine (M2M) communication, Mobility tools, and analytics.
Keep your team on the same page with the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, mobile apps, and services—plus access to new features and updates as soon as they’re released. Everyone can work and collaborate more efficiently with the ability to share files and capture feedback all in one place. And you can simplify license management with an improved Admin Console that lets you and your designated administrators quickly add, assign, or transfer seats—all while maximising your IT and procurement budget.
Increasingly, ‘smart homes’ are seen as the homes of the future, but how do we plan for the fast-changing technology that enables home automation? Ryno Goosen, product specialist on new technologies for leading audio, visual and home automation systems distributor, HFX Systems, says, “Today, technology influences practically every aspect of our home environment, which is why home automation is becoming increasingly popular, especially in homes at the upper end of the market.”
Last year NCS – Natural Colour Systems®© – released NCS Navigator, an online colour design tool that enabled the user to interact with the three-dimensional NCS Colour Space and create harmonic colour palettes. NCS Navigator proved such a success that over one hundred thousand designers and architects made it part of their daily creative routine.