keyboard_arrow_upSchool buildings affect productivity and health
keyboard_arrow_downSchool buildings affect productivity and health

Green improvements in school buildings positively impact on student performance, according to World Green Building Council report.

keyboard_arrow_upHow savvy product choice raised construction standards for the Silo Hotel
keyboard_arrow_downHow savvy product choice raised construction standards for the Silo Hotel

Setting a new standard for luxury hotel accommodation, the new Silo Hotel sits above the recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), occupying six floors in the museum’s grain elevator area.

keyboard_arrow_upClay bricks for Green Star rated DPW district office
keyboard_arrow_downClay bricks for Green Star rated DPW district office

As the first provincial government building to achieve a five-star Office v1 design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works’ new Sisonke District Office in Ixopo illustrates that Corobrik bricks present designers with a material that works for sustainable buildings, taking account of key environmental imperatives. 

keyboard_arrow_upInternational partnership brings new carpet tiles to SA
keyboard_arrow_downInternational partnership brings new carpet tiles to SA

 Van Dyck Carpets recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Modulyss and will act as its exclusive distributor for South Africa and neighbouring countries in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region.  Modulyss forms part of the Balta Group and is a Belgian company that focuses on the creation and production of carpet tiles for the contract market. It is a young and dynamic company with its own unique style and, like Van Dyck, Modulyss takes on its ecological and social responsibility with whole-hearted conviction.

keyboard_arrow_upAir conditioner honoured for design
keyboard_arrow_downAir conditioner honoured for design

Daikin Europe  recently announced that its Daikin Emura designer room air conditioner was awarded an honourable mention by the jury in the international Red Dot 2010 Product Design Award competition.

keyboard_arrow_upEPS insulating panels for construction
keyboard_arrow_downEPS insulating panels for construction

The Ikhaya Futurehouse System (IFHS) of thermally insulating walling panels is designed to improve building comfort, enhance structural performance and reduce energy required for heating and cooling in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings.

keyboard_arrow_upAluminium and glass made to order
keyboard_arrow_downAluminium and glass made to order

AGI  reports a growing demand for customised aluminium and glass constructions in both domestic and commercial markets. In the residential sector, the call for made-to-order aluminium and glass patio doors and enclosures, sliding doors and stacking doors has increased significantly as property owners extend and improve their homes. Luke Scott-Hall, national manager of aluminium products at AGI, says this is a country-wide trend.

keyboard_arrow_upWindows and doors designed for energy efficiency
keyboard_arrow_downWindows and doors designed for energy efficiency

Using its extensive expertise in the polymer field Rehau  has developed a series of uPVC products to enhance energy efficiency and energy saving in buildings.The Tritec 60mm uPVC window and door systems combine the latest advances in technology with unrivalled design and have been awarded an NFRC rating from the American National Fenestration Rating Council. In the United Kingdom Tritec achieves a BFRC rating of C or higher from the British Fenestration Rating Council.