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Kitchens

Kitchens (The modern) are no longer simply a utility where one prepares food, it instead speaks of elegant taste, convenience and space for one to not only cook but also entertain.Along with...

Looking at the future of Smart Building

By: Torah Onyango , Eric Mong'are and Yvonne Andiva In recent years greater demand for energy savings through optimization of building processes has led to an acceleration in the growth in the building...

Can architectural design boost fire safety in buildings?

Protection of life and property from the effects of fire is one of the key objectives of Building Codes around the world. Requirement for fire-rating of building elements is one of the...

Growing vintage wall into the Future

Extending long-standing retaining walls A successful product is one that gets used more than once, having satisfied the expectation of the client. Below is a showcase of two projects that used the same...

Energy efficient roofing systems

By Yvonne Andiva Energy efficient roofing systems, sometimes called "cool roofs" transfer less heat to buildings, decreasing the need for air-conditioning, which reduces utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Cool metal roofing materials...

Durable floors

Commercial and industrial floors have to withstand tremendous stress wrought by the heavy human traffic and sometimes harsh environment that they face. Hospitals, restaurants, kitchens, offices, factories, education facilities and stadia are just...

UCT: Innovative Bathroom Designs

One of the innovations of the new University of Cape Town residence, Obz Square, is en suite shower and toilet facilities in each of the 880 rooms. Each toilet/shower “pod” was assembled...

Solar panels – Polyera

Polyera Corporation has achieve a certified world-record 9.1% efficient polymer/fullerene organic solar cellin an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture using its newest proprietary ActivInkR PV2000 semiconductor material. The high efficiency of this material in...
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