Industry News

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

keyboard_arrow_upElectronic fire detection and protection systems
keyboard_arrow_downElectronic fire detection and protection systems

The Centa Group supplies a comprehensive range of internationally approved electronic fire protection equipment which is used in all sectors of commerce and industry. The range incorporates fire detection devices, including smoke, heat and flame detectors, as well as other detection systems.

keyboard_arrow_upEco-friendly kraft board for festive displays
keyboard_arrow_downEco-friendly kraft board for festive displays

Over the festive season decorative animals made from Xanita’s eco-friendly X-Board were on display in all Cape Union Mart stores around the country.

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural Student Awards 2009
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural Student Awards 2009

The Cement and Concrete Institute’s Architectural Student Design Competition for 2009 attracted 26 entries from universities around the country. From the submissions 10 finalists were selected and, finally, three winners: Marius Visser of the Tshwane University of Technology, Kyle Pieterse of the University of Johannesburg, and Hanna Duker of the University of Cape Town. The winners each received R20 000 and the institutions where they are studying, R5 000.

keyboard_arrow_upA broader view of sustainable architecture
keyboard_arrow_downA broader view of sustainable architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA awards programme for Sustainable Architecture was launched at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention in Cape Town in October 2009. One of the functions of the SAIA - the South African Institute of Architects - is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues.

keyboard_arrow_upAccreditation for light steel frame building systems
keyboard_arrow_downAccreditation for light steel frame building systems

In a first for the local building industry, three companies have received accreditation from the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) for their light steel frame building (LSFB) systems: Metal Roll Forming SA, MiTek and Vela SBS.

keyboard_arrow_upNational Engineering Contract suits big projects
keyboard_arrow_downNational Engineering Contract suits big projects

The New Engineering Contract 3 (NEC3) was selected as the most appropriate method of managing teams of contractors and a host of uncertainties in eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s Asbestos Cement (AC) Pipe Replacement Project. With a current value of more than R1.6 billion, the project is one of the biggest of its kind ever undertaken by a municipality in South Africa. Begun in 2007, it is currently under way across the whole municipal area of eThekwini and is due for completion in June 2010.

keyboard_arrow_upA new generation of washbasins
keyboard_arrow_downA new generation of washbasins

MIRANIT is a new composite granite material. Its unique combination of strength and design capabilities makes it the perfect material to create a new generation

keyboard_arrow_upCase studies confirm benefits of hollow-core floor slabs
keyboard_arrow_downCase studies confirm benefits of hollow-core floor slabs

The case studies recently conducted to compare the costs of pre-cast hollow-core concrete flooring systems against cast in-situ concrete floor slabs in

keyboard_arrow_upLightweight building solutions
keyboard_arrow_downLightweight building solutions

Hulamin Roofing Solutions' latest technology, Ziptech standing seam roofing system, is designed specifically to complement the durable and cost-effective

keyboard_arrow_upSA Pine for boutique hotel
keyboard_arrow_downSA Pine for boutique hotel

The versatility of treated SA pine as a structural material was once again demonstrated with its extensive use in the Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel in Hout Bay, Cape Town. With unsurpassed views of The Sentinel, the hotel is situated on a pebbled private beach. It offers 10 luxury suites and a presidential suite, within metres of the waves. All the suites are linked to the main hotel by a boardwalk and the main building includes a restaurant overlooking Hout Bay.

keyboard_arrow_upUse sandstone to add character to your building
keyboard_arrow_downUse sandstone to add character to your building

Architects from all regions of South Africa are turning their attention to enhancing homes, apartment blocks, hotels, office complexes and more, using the vast array of sandstone and quartzite now available from locally producing stone mines

keyboard_arrow_upVitreous enamelled steel panels in architectural applications
keyboard_arrow_downVitreous enamelled steel panels in architectural applications

The history of vitreous enamelled steel goes back at least 4000 years to Egyptian times when it was first used in ornamental jewellery

keyboard_arrow_upThe World Building of the Year is right here in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downThe World Building of the Year is right here in South Africa

Peter Rich Architects can be justly proud of themselves — their Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre won the World Building of the Year award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival

keyboard_arrow_upRoll-Up Serranda provides roller shutters to suit any conditions
keyboard_arrow_downRoll-Up Serranda provides roller shutters to suit any conditions

"The infrastructural projects currently being completed around South Africa, many of them for the Soccer World Cup, have given us an opportunity to showcase our product range and specialised services," says Kevin Bonner, Roll-Up Serranda's sales and marketing executive

keyboard_arrow_upPrecast hollow core technology speeds up shopping centre construction
keyboard_arrow_downPrecast hollow core technology speeds up shopping centre construction

The use of Elematic prestressed hollow core concrete slabs has helped speed up construction on the Oakfields shopping centre in Benoni

keyboard_arrow_upNew option in timber flooring
keyboard_arrow_downNew option in timber flooring

BestWood Flooring, supplier of solid timber floor boards and decking, engineered hardwood flooring and sports floor systems, has added Smoked Oak to its range of pre-finished engineered flooring. The Smoked Oak flooring uses European oak which is smoked to produce a rich, dark colour that keeps the subtle variations in tone and the natural grain of the wood intact. Like all BestWood's pre-finished engineered floor boards, the Smoked Oak product comprises three layers of solid hardwood with a 4 mm top wear layer.

keyboard_arrow_upTake a seat
keyboard_arrow_downTake a seat

A variety of seating arrangements have been built using Terraforce products since the early 1980's

keyboard_arrow_upThe outdoor lifestyle
keyboard_arrow_downThe outdoor lifestyle

One of the best things about living in South Africa is the outdoor lifestyle that we can enjoy. And Jetmaster makes it so much easier with their range of outdoor barbecues, pizza ovens and portable braais

keyboard_arrow_upSolar control
keyboard_arrow_downSolar control

The Tubrise Sunlouvre, available from Hunter Douglas, offers sun protection together with an attractive exterior for your building

keyboard_arrow_upThe unseen hero
keyboard_arrow_downThe unseen hero

In urban streetscapes, bustling malls, machinery pounded industrial aprons, highways and roads, the Evercast name is silently at work

keyboard_arrow_upStop the smell with PUM
keyboard_arrow_downStop the smell with PUM

Now available from Afscan is the PUM, Purus Universal Membrane, a new revolutionary membrane that stops bad air coming up through the drainage system

keyboard_arrow_upMutual brings you the best in security
keyboard_arrow_downMutual brings you the best in security

Twenty five years ago the Mutual Safe Company started manufacturing and marketing customised, SABS qualified security doors

keyboard_arrow_upMat mania
keyboard_arrow_downMat mania

MAT-MANIA image mats allow you to combine practicality and design by offering a superior printing surface for a logo or message

keyboard_arrow_upItaltile – The Style. The Passion – Redefining Showrooms in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downItaltile – The Style. The Passion – Redefining Showrooms in South Africa

Italtile has launched a showroom concept that radically redefines bathroom showrooms and display in South Africa

keyboard_arrow_upDesigned for space
keyboard_arrow_downDesigned for space

For more than forty years, Parthos has been the most versatile manufacturer of movable wall systems

keyboard_arrow_upArmour and Sirocco – Tuscan style plasters
keyboard_arrow_downArmour and Sirocco – Tuscan style plasters

Marmoran cementitious plasters are designed for both internal & external use on suitably prepared and primed substrates

keyboard_arrow_upElements in natural stone
keyboard_arrow_downElements in natural stone

Natural Stone Warehouse has introduced its 2009/10 Elements Collection. Inspired by nature, it includes some exciting new materials such as Desert Plains Sandstone in warm golden russet colours and Marron Emperador Marble in rich leather tones. The Elements Collection marks the latest additions to the wide range of natural stone products available from Natural Stone Warehouse.

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural software introduces industry first
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural software introduces industry first

Apix, a locally authorised Graphisoft solutions partner, will be rolling out a new version of Graphisoft's architectural design software, ArchiCAD 13, near the end of September 2009. ArchiCAD 13 will feature a number of new revisions and additions, the most prominent being the patent-pending BIM (building information modelling) server, which will allow users to access BIM files from multiple locations and time frames.

keyboard_arrow_upInspired by the elements
keyboard_arrow_downInspired by the elements

Inspired by a rich variety of visual media, ranging from exotic fruit trees and reclaimed timber to modern architectural surfaces and engineered metals, the new Expona Design collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor is

keyboard_arrow_upFlooring with allure
keyboard_arrow_downFlooring with allure

Traviata Flooring ‐ specialists in laminate and hardwood flooring ‐ are the suppliers of Allure floating resilient flooring