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today2 Apr 2012

Profiled polycarbonate for cooler roofs

The energy-efficiency regulations for buildings, which came into effect in November last year, have steered the South African building industry in a more eco-friendly direction. One issue that has been raised in this context is the urban heat island (UHI) effect, which occurs as a result of a concentration of buildings, hot surfaces and waste heat from human activity that creates a warmer envelope of air over urbanised areas. This not only taxes the air-conditioning systems in buildings, but also increases pollution levels significantly.  Christo Pienaar, marketing director of Modek, a company which specialises in glass reinforced polyester (GRP) and polycarbonate roof sheeting, says that cool roofing is a real solution to the problem. “Cool roofing is one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions to diminish the UHI effect and it supports energy efficiency in buildings.”
today5 Dec 2011

Steel Awards 2011 – all the winners

The overall winner and the winning projects in each of the different categories of Steel Awards 2011 reflect the outstanding quality of the steel construction industry in all its diversity. Dr Hennie de Clercq, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), said at the awards ceremony, “We congratulate the winners and, at the same time, emphasise the exceptional quality of all the entries, which augurs so well for the future of our industry.”  The Steel Awards, hosted by the SAISC, with the Aveng Group as the main sponsor, were staged simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on 15th September 2011.