Issue 24

Cape Construction take off 14 September 18
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Issue 24

Issue 24

Featured Articles

Shift to VRF

Published 27.06.2018 under Green Building
There is a significant shift to VRF-type HVAC systems in the KZN market based on leading projects, reports a respected HVAC supplier.   VRF refers to variable refrigerant flow, a systemwhich according... read more »

Perfect storm hits Western Cape

Published 27.06.2018 under News & Views
The 2017/2018 season will be remembered as the year the Western Cape was rescued, ironically, by the same elements that started the water crisis – weather. Hopefully, by the time... read more »

The Truth about Flat

Published 27.06.2018 under Building systems - Floors
Not all floor gratings that claim to have a flat top surface do. Unfortunately this is something that is commonly misunderstood in the industry and often leads to specifiers and... read more »

COVER STORY: Safintra – environmentally responsible options

Published 27.06.2018 under Cover Story
In our July edition, To Build hosts Safintra as our Cover Story. Safintra invites users to Go Green with its Saftherm brand of PET blanket insulation – an environmentally responsible... read more »

Voice of SAIA

Published 28.06.2018 under Advertorial
AZA2018, a Winner Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA2018), the South African Institute of Architecture’s (SAIA) official conference, was hosted in Pretoria at the inner city 012-venue from 3 to 5 May 2018.   This... read more »

Getting the beef about GHGE

Published 28.06.2018 under General
With the spectre of climate change becoming a reality, many armchair commentators are proposing solutions to limiting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). Some of these are from the fringe, such as... read more »

Water from the Antarctic?

Published 28.06.2018 under General
By Gareth Griffiths For over thirty years, people from South African and elsewhere in the world have reflected on the possibility of harvesting fresh water from icebergs that originate in Antarctica... read more »

Long term value in uPVC

Published 28.06.2018 under News & Views
The owner of a stylish residence wanted to specifically have uPVC windows and doors installed in his home. He is a financial director in the building industry and wanted to... read more »

C+B Architects

Published 28.06.2018 under Professions - Architecture
Alerted by a press release received on the 4Change Foundation campus in Roodepoort, To Build invited the designers, Cottle and Bergh, to be our featured architectural practice for our July... read more »

Indian flavour

Published 28.06.2018 under Professions - Architecture
In the interests of adding international flavour, To Build presents an update received from Sunil Patil and Associates (SPA), a leading architect in India, a fellow BRICS member country.   SPA is... read more »

Geosynthetics for UAE Road Contract

Published 28.06.2018 under Professions - Construction & Contractors
A specialised geosynthetic interlayer product was specified for asphalt reinforcement on the Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road which heads 70km NE from Abu Dhabi. Once the asset management system of... read more »

Call for participation – Quality System

Published 28.06.2018 under Professions - Developers
Surface mining industry association, Aspasa, its members as well as users of products unearthed by its members, has urged members to become involved with its process of formulating its own... read more »

Designing for beer in wine country

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Interior Design
Ringed by oak trees and green lawns, a new restaurant owned by the Franschhoek Beer Co, Tap | Eat, offers beer-lovers the clean air and dazzling vistas of the mountainous... read more »

Apartments for animals

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Developers
Words and photo by Gareth Griffiths South Africans are a nation of pet lovers. That’s official. For example, a survey done in 2017 suggests that there are 9.2 million dogs living... read more »

Catalyst for urban regeneration

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Developers
Oxford Parks, which officially broke ground in April 2017, is envisaged as a sustainable and cosmopolitan medium-density urban environment that brings 300 000m2 of development rights to the Dunkeld Precinct,... read more »

Technology the emerging driving force

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Developers
There is no doubt that traditional brick-and-mortar shopping remains the backbone of the South African retail industry, but new ways of purchasing are fast becoming standard practice in retail markets... read more »

Time to focus on Infrastructure

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Engineering
Surface mining industry association, ASPASA, believes the focus oninfrastructure development in South Africa should become a national focus.   The association represents about 75% of the quarries and mines in South Africa... read more »

Piece of the PIE

Published 29.06.2018 under Professions - Legal
By Adv BC Hack, Advocate of the High Court, Member of the Cape Bar As the homeless in South Africa become more desperate, the trend is growing to invade private property... read more »

Cities important in Africa’s development: RICS

Published 2.07.2018 under Professions - Quantity Surveyors
Africa’s burgeoning big cities will play an increasingly central role in the continent’s growth and development, driven largely by Africa’s rapid urbanisation. However, the development of smaller, secondary cities is... read more »

Linking is a Wiz

Published 2.07.2018 under Building Systems - Automation
The theory of technological determinism, that the extent to which a society embraces technology determines its progress, is underscored by fact as we see technical innovation triumph in the system... read more »

Saving water in the bathroom

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Bathrooms
When you realise that around half of any household’s water consumption occurs in the bathroom, it is easy to understand that making a few waterfriendly changes here will make a... read more »

Crazy for cornices?

Cornices, otherwise known as ceiling coving, are decorative structures that create a smooth and aesthetically pleasing transition between ceiling and wall. Cornices come in a variety of style, and each... read more »

More to aluminium than meets the eye

Published 2.07.2018 under Building Systems - Windows & Doors
A spokesperson from Alsysco asks whether windows and doors are given enough focus during the architectural design phase.   There are many advantages when installing aluminium doors and windows. They are durable... read more »

Door for safe and productive workspace

Published 2.07.2018 under Building Systems - Windows & Doors
Helping warehouses, plants and shipment areas to raise turnaround times and safety levels while reducing downtime is a proven need of most of industry.   Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has presented... read more »

A profile of quality and artisanship

Published 2.07.2018 under Building Systems - Windows & Doors
To Build features the work of Simply Smarter Doors, a design and manufacture company based in the Western Cape of 67 years standing   Our roots are deeply nestled in Worcester in... read more »

ZA Plug now formalised

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Electrical
An amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that the ZA Plug would become semi-mandatory for new installations in March 2018.   It is stated by the International Electrotechnical Commission... read more »

New screed ingredient offers benefits

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Floors
CemteQ has launched a range of unique new products for the construction industry.   Perlite is used as an aggregate replacement or partial replacement together with cement and special admixtures to produce... read more »

Dispute resolution service enhanced

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Kitchens
Forbes, the national manager of the Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) writes for us.   At the KSA AGMs in 2017 it was announced that the KSA planned to send its three... read more »

Growing Love Clovers

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Lighting
Forming part of an award-winning lighting design company, an expanding collection of exquisite pendants and chandeliers, the Love Clover range, is a suite of charming yet elegant hanging lights that... read more »

High-end lamps for high-end show

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Lighting
Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, was launched as part of a bigger stable of successful events into the country by Media 10 who saw a need in the market... read more »

Reusing and upcycling old lights and chandeliers

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Lighting
In this throw-away age, it is heartening to discover that there is a movement towards the re-use and upcycling of old lights, chandeliers and brass fittings.   Ideas that have been implemented... read more »

Crowning success

Published 2.07.2018 under Building systems - Roofing
With a Gauteng manufacturing facility and regional offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, a South African fabricator and supplier, MiTek, is well placed to supply the building industry... read more »

Successful structural steel warehouse project in KZN

Published 3.07.2018 under Building systems - Roofing
A recently completed project, the Pepkor Warehouse in Hammarsdale, serves as a distribution centre for the Pepkor group. The building is roofed and clad with a high-tech, premium grade of... read more »

Solutions for water

Published 3.07.2018 under Materials - Adhesives
The Phumelela Local Municipality is currently experiencing severe water shortages and is considering options to ensure the provision of a sufficient and sustainable potable water system for the future, for... read more »

Tried and tested – demonstrated

Published 3.07.2018 under Materials - Adhesives
Some advice from a well-regarded adhesive manufacturer on using high tack product.   We present the one and only instant grip Den Braven High Tack – tried and tested. We’ve all heard... read more »

Investing for industry growth

Published 3.07.2018 under Materials - Adhesives
An Italian construction chemical manufacturer has unveiled a new local manufacturing facility in Germiston where it expects to manufacture a wide range of products to meet burgeoning demands for the... read more »

Advances in admixtures for precast paving

Published 3.07.2018 under Advertorial
A new product range promises to allow manufacturers to reduce the costs of production.   The company behind this promise, Chryso Southern Africa, has released a new end-to-end range of concrete admixtures... read more »

Low cost housing – is sustainability affordable?

Published 3.07.2018 under Materials - Brick & Paving
The Clay Brick Association addresses the misconception: If it costs more to design and build a “green” building, how could it possibly be affordable?   Environment-friendly technology and materials can be more... read more »

Collaborating to address water crisis

Published 3.07.2018 under Materials - Cement & Concrete
By Rob Rein, Executive: Sales and Marketing at PPC Natural and national disasters have a way of jolting communities and societies into common action. They often deal us a harsh reminder... read more »

Meeting a concrete need

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Cement & Concrete
Under certain conditions, sourcing a precast concrete product as specified on plans or bills of materials can be a headache, argues the owner of a successful precast business. Twinstar Precast was... read more »

The forgotten treasure

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Cement & Concrete
A timely reminder from a manufacturer that building lime offers many options to designers and contractors. Building with real lime is an old fashioned, experienced artisan’s secret. The experienced oldschool artisan will... read more »

Sustainability means embracing the green revolution

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Coatings
Sustainability is one of the key regulations faced by property developers today, enforced by SA legislation1 and ‘encouraged’ by societal pressure locally and globally. “Greener” options exist at every stage of... read more »

Opening a can of paint

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Coatings
‘Going Green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ have become buzz words in the modern world. Understanding the true meaning of ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘Going Green’, means pursuing an eco-conscious lifestyle, ultimately resulting in a... read more »

Real incentive to install insulation

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Insulation
In a message to readers of To Build, the Thermal Insulation Products & Systems Association SA (TIPSASA) calls on all specifiers and decision makers to ensure their new builds or... read more »

Clients urged to empower themselves – industry association

Published 17.07.2018 under Materials - Timber & Decking
Clients of contractors in the building industry are urged to empower themselves before tackling construction projects. The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s watchdog for the engineered... read more »

Furniture shines at Decorex Cape Town

Published 17.07.2018 under Services - Furniture
‘Two decades of Decorex Cape Town culminated in an abundance of elegant style, innovative features and on-trend designs that captured the essence of this beautiful city,’ said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio... read more »

Training provided to pipe welding artisans

Published 17.07.2018 under Services - Plumbing & Reticulation
Plastics|SA put welding skills, learnership programmes, technology and the latest welding equipment in the spotlight at its third Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day that took place at its head office in... read more »

Replacing Gauteng’s aging pipelines

Published 17.07.2018 under Services - Plumbing & Reticulation
Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently, contaminating the waterways and ground water. With thousands... read more »

Water pressure management in pipes

Published 17.07.2018 under Services - Plumbing & Reticulation
Although it has not been possible to get specific details of the methodology behind the City of Cape Town’s water pressure reduction drive, the city is claiming that their actions... read more »

Africa Utility Week 2018

Published 17.07.2018 under General
This thriving conference and exhibition, held annually in the Mother City, once again gave fascinating insights into new technologies and trends, while highlighting numerous issues and challenges facing African utility... read more »

Recipe for termites

Published 17.07.2018 under Advertorial
A well-known chemical company describes what is important about its suspension concentrate insecticide. Bayer Environmental Science (ES), specialises in the development and marketing of pest and weed control solutions for non-crop... read more »
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