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

keyboard_arrow_upFrom hard ground to playground with Terraforce
keyboard_arrow_downFrom hard ground to playground with Terraforce

Versatile step block creates safe space for play In July 2018, Eikestad Primary School Stellenbosch in South Africa decided to transform a bland, paved space into a place for play for their students. Find out more about the 4×4 Step Block.  Installed by Decorton Retaining Walls. As the area sloped upwards considerably, the school needed to find […]

keyboard_arrow_upGuidance Note: Wooden piling or foundation poles used for permanent buildings
keyboard_arrow_downGuidance Note: Wooden piling or foundation poles used for permanent buildings

Background and purpose H4 treated wooden poles are used in most normal ground contact applications in South Africa. According to the SANS 457-2 (Softwood species) and SANS 457-3 (Hardwood species) standards, the expected service life of timber used in ground contact should be at least 20 years or longer if treated and used correctly. However, […]

keyboard_arrow_upINTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES EYE THE NIGERIAN MARKET AS THE BIG 5 LAUNCHES IN LAGOS
keyboard_arrow_downINTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES EYE THE NIGERIAN MARKET AS THE BIG 5 LAUNCHES IN LAGOS

Manufacturers from around the world share their plans in Nigeria as The Big 5 international construction show launches in Lagos (9-11 September 2019, Landmark Centre) Over 200 exhibiting companies and 5,000 attendees are expected at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, as construction expenditure in the West African country reached USD 2.2 billion in 2018 With […]

keyboard_arrow_upStick-down and rigid click LVTs for any application
keyboard_arrow_downStick-down and rigid click LVTs for any application

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) combine the high-end look of hardwood (or stone) with durability. Van Dyck Floors, the exclusive distributor of Rococo and Verve, has seen a rise in popularity in these two products, and for good reason. Here is an overview of what designers and specifiers need to know about these flooring ranges. Stick-down […]

keyboard_arrow_upIn case of emergency – ExiSAFE from ASSA ABLOY South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downIn case of emergency – ExiSAFE from ASSA ABLOY South Africa

ASSA ABLOY South Africa, an industry pioneer in turnkey door opening solutions, is proud to announce the launch of the new, world-class ExiSAFE panic and emergency exit hardware from the renowned UNION brand. While many different emergency situations can occur in a building that requires quick evacuation, we have seen a notable rise in fire-related […]

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialists in Healthcare requirements for safety & security
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialists in Healthcare requirements for safety & security

Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital   I   NMCHT Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital   I  Kiaat Private Hospital   I   Life Hilton Hospital   I   Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital Healthcare Hospitals and Medical facilities are among the most challenging design and building projects, and they are increasingly moving away from focusing on illness and cure to wellness and the care […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe Mystical Beauty of ONYX
keyboard_arrow_downThe Mystical Beauty of ONYX

In this article, we discuss the mystical beauty Of ONYX, the stone that throbs with life and inspires energy. Walk into our warehouse and see the smile on any of our staff’s faces when you ask them to lift a slab of onyx up for you, the result is spectacular. We lifted a slab for […]

keyboard_arrow_upUnique curving shapes in steel
keyboard_arrow_downUnique curving shapes in steel

SA Airlink is an international flight training facility for pilots that airline Airlink created in conjunction with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. Embraer has brought in full flight simulators to train international pilots on their aircraft at the facility. The brief to the architect was to design an internationally rated flight training facility that could […]

keyboard_arrow_upRedefining cool
keyboard_arrow_downRedefining cool

Designed to exceed your expectations, the Miele MasterCool range comprises fridges, freezers and a wine storage unit that offers best-in-market functionality, style and efficiency. Says Miele’s Liam Gawne: “Simply put – you know you have really arrived if your kitchen features Miele’s absolutely stunning range of MasterCool refrigeration appliances. Designed to last for a minimum […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe Caesarstone difference in counter tops
keyboard_arrow_downThe Caesarstone difference in counter tops

Guest blogger, Marcia Margolius from SA Decor & Design talks through the differences between some of the most popular surface choices on the market, and how Caesarstone is different from them all. Today, we’re talking quality countertops for your home. Many homeowners aren’t sure of what the differences are across the wide variety of surface materials on the market. […]

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls launches its SABROE SMC Mk 5 reciprocating compressor in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls launches its SABROE SMC Mk 5 reciprocating compressor in South Africa

The latest iteration of Sabroe’s reciprocating compressor, the SABROE SMC Mk 5, is setting new market standards for reciprocating compressors in terms of length of service intervals, efficiency and reliability. With a strong base of clients in South Africa, orders for the Mk 5 are already being received by Johnson Controls. “The Sabroe brand remains […]

keyboard_arrow_upBattery backup during load shedding
keyboard_arrow_downBattery backup during load shedding

Here at Turnstar, we’ve got the answer for your load shedding security problems. All Turnstar turnstiles and vehicle barrier boomgates are available with battery backup. The battery backup keeps your batteries charged and switches over to battery power only in the event of a power failure. Turnstar turnstiles can allow for over 5000 rotations and […]

keyboard_arrow_up3 reasons to visit the Isowall factory shop
keyboard_arrow_down3 reasons to visit the Isowall factory shop

Did you know that you can purchase insulated and decorative products from Isowall’s factory shop? Building professionals, specifiers and contractors can now buy items from the wide range of products with Isowall’s quality stamp of approval. Here is what to expect: A wide range of insulated and decorative products Products available at the factory shop […]

keyboard_arrow_upInsulation can help keep you cool in summer
keyboard_arrow_downInsulation can help keep you cool in summer

  “Will insulation keep my home cooler in summer?” – this is a common question asked by homeowners. We turn to Cobus Lourens from Swartland, the local distributor of world-leading Knauf Mineral Wool Insulation, for the answers…   With the sweltering heat of the current climate, there are many homeowners that are wondering how they […]

keyboard_arrow_upFree training workshops for construction professionals at the KZN Construction Expo
keyboard_arrow_downFree training workshops for construction professionals at the KZN Construction Expo

Free training workshops for construction professionals at the KZN Construction Expo Construction industry professionals eager to propel their skills and capacity forward in KZN’s ballooning R200 billion industry over the next seven years are invited to register for any of the fourteen CPD accredited workshops offered at the KZN Construction Expo. In March last year […]

keyboard_arrow_upHealing Environment, World Class Child Healthcare
keyboard_arrow_downHealing Environment, World Class Child Healthcare

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela, May 1995. The multi award-winning Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a world-class paediatric facility – Ruben Reddy Architects partnered with GAPP Architects & Urban Designers and UK based architects, Sheppard Robson International and John […]

keyboard_arrow_upSteel achieves the spans required for new printing facility
keyboard_arrow_downSteel achieves the spans required for new printing facility

Hirt and Carter is an industrial building/office space that consists of a shared printing facility and head office in KwaZulu-Natal. Initially, the client was looking for a project site where they could build their new office and factory component. Over the course of the design stage with the architect, the tenant of the building realised […]

keyboard_arrow_upA great big thank you!
keyboard_arrow_downA great big thank you!

  We truly value the time given to complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey. Based directly on the feedback received, we are now busy making changes that will improve your future experience. Congratulations to our winners! Five lucky participants have each won an Orthomat®! Anti-Fatigue mats can help improve your health and comfort at work. Watch […]

keyboard_arrow_upLVT trends in the hospitality, medical and education markets in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downLVT trends in the hospitality, medical and education markets in Africa

The newest ranges of “rigid core” and “glued down” LVT’s (luxury vinyl tiles) bring not only design flexibility, but also a number of practical solutions that are changing the hospitality, medical, education and residential markets across Africa. The City Lodge Group is one of the brands that has recently specified Traviata’s LVT flooring products in […]

keyboard_arrow_upYale’s wide range of Safes & Safety Boxes
keyboard_arrow_downYale’s wide range of Safes & Safety Boxes

Secure storage solutions for a wide variety of needs… With the continued need in South Africa to keep valuables secure, security specialists Yale have a wide range of safety boxes and safes to not only suit consumer pockets but their varied security requirements too. For entrepreneurs and small business owners, Yale has keyed cash boxes […]

keyboard_arrow_upOver 300 tonnes of cladding specified for Gibela Train Station
keyboard_arrow_downOver 300 tonnes of cladding specified for Gibela Train Station

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is a new empowered South African rail company tasked with the revitalisation of rail transport in South African metro areas. The purpose of the Gibela Train Station project was to create a train manufacturing facility in Nigel, Gauteng. Several processes needed to be housed within the facility and the design team […]

keyboard_arrow_upKOHLER’s Real Rain showerheads rival nature
keyboard_arrow_downKOHLER’s Real Rain showerheads rival nature

KOHLER now successfully mimics the rain with an amazing shower system rivalling nature itself called Real Rain. Due to KOHLER’S scientific approach, Real Rain bears an impressive similarity to nature with different droplet sizes, different drop rates and random formations that are as natural as rain is non-uniform. Reminiscent of the way summer rain feels […]

keyboard_arrow_upChryso to expand concrete offering in 2019
keyboard_arrow_downChryso to expand concrete offering in 2019

Chryso Southern Africa will increase its product offerings to the decorative concrete market as well as basic concrete producers from this year onwards, says Thierry Bernard, president and CEO of the Chryso Group. Paris-based Bernard, on a recent visit to the Group’s South African operations – which includes a.b.e. Construction Chemicals – said Chryso is […]

keyboard_arrow_up61 Katherine takes the Express
keyboard_arrow_down61 Katherine takes the Express

    The multi-million rand 61 Katherine development in Johannesburg’s new Sandton CBD is a flagship property for the area and required a high-speed secure access control system. That’s why Turnstar was chosen to provide over 9 lanes of Speedgate Express lanes and 3 Special Needs Gates. All the cabinets were manufactured from 304 grade […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe benefits of choosing polystyrene cornices
keyboard_arrow_downThe benefits of choosing polystyrene cornices

Cornices are the narrow mouldings that you see capping the lines where the walls of a room meet the ceiling. Traditionally, they were made from wood, plaster, paper-covered plaster, polyurethane, and nowadays, they are made from polystyrene. Says Cobus Lourens from Swartland, a leading supplier of a wide range of products to the building industry, […]

keyboard_arrow_upFour kitchen design trends for 2019
keyboard_arrow_downFour kitchen design trends for 2019

Since the kitchen is the heart of every home, Cemcrete decides to look at the top design trends for 2019 to give you some kitchen renovation inspiration. Dusky Ambiance Opting for a dark kitchen is a daring choice but when you take the risk it can really pay off. Combining a matt black floor with […]

keyboard_arrow_upAre you aware of your locks’ level of security?
keyboard_arrow_downAre you aware of your locks’ level of security?

Not all locks provide the same level of security. The lock on your front door will need to be of higher security compared to your internal door locks. The extent to which you are protected depends on the type of lock you are using. It is always important to install the right lock for the […]

keyboard_arrow_upTraviata flooring for workplaces and offices
keyboard_arrow_downTraviata flooring for workplaces and offices

  Floors are probably the largest single surface in any workplace and as such have a major influence on both the aesthetics and productivity of the space. From a design perspective, flooring can be used not only to achieve an overall look but can also be used to demarcate areas or to highlight activity zones.  […]

keyboard_arrow_upIP360 – A revolution in video entry systems – XTS video receiver
keyboard_arrow_downIP360 – A revolution in video entry systems – XTS video receiver

IP360 video entry system by CAME BPT The IP360 is a real revolution in video intercom systems as they have been known up to now. Integration and maximum flexibility are the keywords to describe the new IP360 system from BPT, a brand of the CAME Group. The IP360 video entry system enables the integration of […]

keyboard_arrow_upKOHLER introduces Slim Seat and GermShield
keyboard_arrow_downKOHLER introduces Slim Seat and GermShield

Multi award-winning bathroom and kitchen manufacturer, KOHLER takes the design and performance of their sanitary ware seriously. And that includes the smallest detail, such as their toilet seats. The brand is pleased to announce the arrival of their sleek new Slim Seats for the Reve, Replay and Modern Life ranges, with Escale and Presqu’ile to […]