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Smart cities embrace 4IR

Smart cities rely on smart grid technology that includes traditional and renewable energy sources in its mix of power supply. Driven by the advanced technology of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), the smart grid technology is able to include coal-based energy...

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Heidi Jäger

Heidi Jäger, former founder and principal of BHC school of Design, one of the top Cape Town Design Schools, developed the course content and is facilitating this 10-week, fun, interactive, Saturday morning Interior Décor and Space Planning Course. The course starts on...

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20/20 Business Vision for 2020

As the year comes to a close, every organisation and business leader would give anything to have clarity and insight into the year ahead. Knowing what decisions to make, what products to maximise and which to halt, who to promote and who to let go, what gaps to fill,...

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A modern classic

The Parkview pendant from The Lighting Warehouse boasts a contemporary take on a timelessly traditional coach light-inspired design.  Comprising glass sections, held together in a rectangular metal box-shape, the very popular Parkviewpendant (R3 499) is available in...

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Wallpaper: Some consideration and options

So often, aesthetics come at the cost of performance or practicality, and in architectural and interior design it’s difficult to find products that look good and are long lasting. The Architectural Digest suggests that it is the size and layout of the room that should...

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Legal Opinion: A must for building contracts

A contractor’s guarantee is a specialised written undertaking in favour of the party who has employed a contractor to work on a construction project.   Essentially, a financial institution such as an insurance company or a bank, will guarantee to make certain payments...

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The top 10 benefits of LEDs

There is no doubt that LEDs are the most technologically advanced addition to the lighting industry in recent years. We speak to Melissa Davidson about the many benefits inherent in LEDs, and why everybody should be switching over. Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs...

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Editor’s Choice: Promising Products

Formality in lamp design The sleek silhouette of Lineal is a fresh new look that showcases its creator, Adam Hoets’stylistic dexterity As a trained architect, Hoets uses his respect for the built environment and innate understanding of geometry to give...

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News & Views: From the industry

R2bn smart precinct in Pretoria: A new 8 500m² commercial building in the Irene Link precinct in Pretoria, will be ready for occupation in October 2020. It is styled by the developers to be an interconnected development with easy accessibility and a...

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Materials in Focus: A material world

The materials used in the built environment are evolving. While enormous strides are being made in the area of green or sustainable building, humankind is becoming increasingly aware of the legacy created by the casual neglect of our ancestors. The building industry...

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Aggreko: Power generation advice

According to experienced rental supplier, Aggreko, many companies choose to purchase generators when they require power for short-term situations. However, the purchase of generators includes a host of added costs that are not immediately obvious. Spare parts for the...

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Citiq Prepaid: partnering to build property potential

There’s an ancient Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times”. And the times today, are very interesting indeed. The South African property developer is juggling complex challenges in a market that’s been shaken by local and global politics and that...

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MiTek: Africa’s proven steel roofing solution

Hennie Viljoen, marketing manager for MiTek SA, is upbeat about the company and its services. He talks to To Build about their innovative light gauge steel roofing solution, called Ultra-Span.   Relationships are key. ‘We live out a genuine, core passion for serving...

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RICS: Mediation is the future

Someone once told me that ‘mediation is the next big thing’. They said that, very soon, far fewer people would be going to the courts to resolve their civil disputes. Most people involved in disputes will be mediating instead. I was so persuaded I went and trained as...

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