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VOLUME 2 | 2014 Artistic endeavours


PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards

Waterkloof Ridge An architectural style journey

Blue Route Mall: a modern reconstruction

VOLUME 2 | 2014

Building a green city – one building at a time…

Our strength, Your vision.

February 2014

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Throughout the world, chemical building solutions mean Mapei With a proud 76 year history, Mapei is today the world leader in the production of adhesives, chemical products and solutions for building, from facilities operating in over 31 countries on five continents. The key pillars of the company’s success is based on its investment in research to drive innovation, the development of a comprehensive product range that provides solutions for virtually all building needs, in addition to producing ecosustainable products that are certified by leading environmental authorities around the world. For the last five years Mapei South Africa has been introducing the South African construction industry to the benefits of the advanced building technology additives, sealants, adhesives and concrete performance chemicals that are available from the parent Mapei Group. Building lines that have been launched locally include waterproofing, sealants, flooring, concrete repair and structural strengthening, while other product lines cover admixtures for concrete, materials for underground construction, and cement grinding additives. When it comes to major projects, Mapei’s track record includes involvement in some of the biggest, including the doubling of capacity of the 81km-long Panama Canal, the breath-taking Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangstze River and London’s ingenious Olympic Stadium. Locally, Mapei technology has been used for two prestigious office developments. The 32-storey Portside building in Cape Town, which is destined to be the Mother City’s tallest building and South Africa’s first Green Star rated skyscraper. The architecturally advanced 102 Rivonia in Sandton used Mapei’s green technology to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. A fundamental philosophy at Mapei that permeates its design, production, laboratory and on-site development work is to minimise the impact of the company’s products and activities on the environment. It shows concern for the health of installers and final users throughout the life cycle of products, including recycling, while also designing for durability as a key issue in sustainability. This successful approach helps designers create innovative projects that are awarded high ratings by environmental agencies such as LEED and Green Star. Mapei South Africa is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa in support of the drive to ensure that all local buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way.

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foreword REVIEW


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A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.” – Louis Kahn

A big thank you to our supporters As we are settling into 2014 looking back at 2013 with Cape Town being announced the Design Capital and many other award winning projects on a national and international level countrywide, we can only look forward to an even more productive and lucrative year ahead. Firstly we are proud to announce SA BUILDING REVIEW‘s ABC certification in order to offer our advertisers peace of mind and value for their spend on advertising in this publication. Secondly we would like to thank our advertisers for their great support in advertising contribution, and we would also like to extend gratitude to our readers for the amazing feedback and input on this publication. On this note we look forward to have our current and new advertisers on board our next issue in order to publish yet another great edition following its third volume. We would also like to invite all editorial contributions on projects being completed during 2014 for possible publication in our next issue, which is due February 2015. Kindly visit our website for regular updates and interesting topics. Best wishes for 2014! The SA BUILDING REVIEW Team


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Artistic endeavours Lafarge: provides product solutions for Efficient Building Systems An architectural style journey Growthpoint unveils state-of-the-art green building Architectural design and nature in harmony PVC, a clear solution World class healthcare A modern reconstruction Building a green city – one building at a time… Towering excellence The American International School of Johannesburg Eco-friendly roofing solutions KMH set to help Saint Helena Airport take-off Communication is key

The green light to go Sustainable story Aveng Grinaker-LTA: Building a bright future on a proud history SAFCOL: The New Face of Rural Economic Development Understanding wood preservation Décor dreams made a reality Going Global for roofing needs ITC-SA’s excellence recognised Energy efficiency laws Building our country one stone at a time LED Man leads the LED way

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Artistic endeavours Concrete pushed to new levels at 2013 PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards.


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Concrete was taken to a new level at the 2013 PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards (YCSA). Innovation, technical excellence and strong conceptual presentation were attributes of the 123 entries submitted; the highest number of submissions to date. Emerging victorious, was 28 year old Joshua Strümpfer, who was awarded the R50 000 first prize and the title of Best Fine Art Sculpture on Exhibition for his artwork, Kunsarbeid. The judging panel praised it for its complexity in both design and execution. Strümpfer’s sculpture features a labyrinth with a concrete animal skull at the top. “The labyrinth panels are symbolic of our journey in life. Our lives are not only metaphorically channelled by cement structures, but also literally,” he explained. The winner of the Functional Art Award was St. John Fuller for his piece, PUG. Fuller built a fully functional pinhole camera, based on the original camera obscuras. The precision necessary to construct the camera without any leakages stunned the judges. The artwork aligned with the 2013 competition theme, “Apply your grey matter”.

Donovan Leach, Technical Marketing Manager at PPC and the Technical Judge for the PPC Cement YCSA said, “I’m in awe of what the artists are doing with concrete. The artists are continuing to push concrete to its limits and explore with it.” The Fine Arts runners-up of R25 000 was Bongani Dlamini and Ncedani Fobo. Their collaborative artwork, The unfair servant, was applauded by the judges for raising thought-provoking questions around society in South Africa. Merit Awards to the value of R5 000 went to Adriaan Petrus Diederichs for his delicate piece, Hand tot mond, and to Nicholas Prinsloo for his detailed installation, The lights of Arcadia. A Certificate of Recognition was also awarded to Gavin John Risi for his work, Metaphorical African. PPC’s Facebook fans were encouraged to vote for their preferred PPC Cement YCSA winner. Setlamorago Mashilowas voted as the Fan’s Favourite for his artwork titled, Mabu a u tswitswe, and walked away with R5 000. The number of entries for this year’s competition jumped significantly by 25% from last year. For the final adjudication, the Fine Art Sculpture category had 16 sculptures and the Functional Art category had 11 pieces.

Joshua Strümpfer, who was awarded the R50 000 first prize.

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It was the second year that Stuttaford Van Lines made regional selection possible by sponsoring the packaging and transportation of the artworks from the national selection points to the exhibition venue. This sponsorship eases the transport burden on competing artists and makes the competition more accessible. The PPC Cement YCSA remains a platform for emerging artists to bring their vision to life through the medium of concrete. The art competition started as one of the cement company’s centenary celebrations 23 years ago. Held in partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, this is the longest running competition of its kind in the country. According to PPC’s Group Public Relations Manager, Nomzamo Khanyile, YCSA is an important sponsorship for the cement company as it celebrates artistic talent, benefits young aspiring artists in South Africa and encourages the traditional art of durable sculpture with concrete as its chosen media.”

2013 was a year of many highlights for PPC Cement including, winning the Innovation Award at the 16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards for the unique collaboration with fashion designer, Suzaan Heyns. It was also nominated as a finalist for the Long Term Sponsorship and the Youth Development Awards for YCSA. In addition, Evert van Engelenhoven, was the inaugural winner of last year’s Functional Art Category; create original pieces of jewellery made from concrete for thought leaders in the industry. The thought leaders included the CEO of BASA, Michelle Constant, Suzaan Heyns, and trends analyst, Dion Chang who were all impressed with their custom-made jewellery. “We look forward to this year’s competition. YCSA grows from strength to strength every year and we look forward to the artists, designers and innovators to push the boundaries of concrete to new heights,” concludes Khanyile.

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Partnership between Cummins and OEMs ensures mutual growth The South African division of Cummins – which is a global leader in the manufacture, sale and servicing of diesel engines and related technology – continues to expand its geographical footprint across Africa through service agreements with numerous authorised original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distribution partners. Cummins SA Whole Goods Lead, Gerhard Potgieter points out that the company is committed to empowering local OEMs and distributors by certifying their technicians. “Cummins places a strong emphasis on sharing its diesel engine expertise with tried and trusted OEM distributors in order to provide the end user with the greatest return on investment.” Potgieter highlights the fact that the most popular engines in the local OEM range are currently the B-Series, C-Series and Q-Series models. “These engines boast highly reliable, durable rotary fuel pumps that deliver a steady stream of pressurised fuel for strong performance across a wide range of African terrains and operating conditions. The engines have proven themselves to be durable and reliable in some of the most remote locations and harshest working environments in Africa.” Once a Cummins engine has reached the end of its lifespan, the customer has the choice to opt for a rebuild, to purchase a factory reconditioned engine or a new engine.

Critical component features are inspected against stringent reuse standards developed by Cummins, by a team of highly qualified and experienced technicians. “Any parts that do not meet the company’s internationally recognised specifications are discarded and replaced with brand new parts. This ensures that once the reconditioning is completed, the customer is effectively provided with a brand new engine, complete with a factory warranty,” explains Potgieter. With particular focus on future growth prospects, Cummins sees the South African construction industry as a growing market that is a definite focus point for the company moving forward. “Looking beyond our borders, I believe that the most growth for Cummins in Africa will be generated from rapidly developing construction and mining industries in Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe,” Potgieter concludes.

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Lafarge: provides product solutions for Efficient Building Systems Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials, has a well-established reputation for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services. Readymix concrete solutions:

Lafarge South Africa’s Readymix concrete business is a market leader in South Africa, and a leader in providing innovative products and solutions for the local construction industry. Some solutions from the company’s range of innovative Readymix concretes are: • Agilia® range of self-compacting concretes: One of Lafarge’s ground-breaking products, Agilia® is a self-compacting concrete designed to flow under its own weight without the need for vibration. The elimination of some traditional building steps and faster working enhances productivity and enables

cost optimisation. Agilia® Horizontal is designed for high productivity construction of floors, Agilia® Vertical for a superior aesthetic finish to walls and columns, and Agilia® Deep Foundation for the high performance solution to piling. • Hydromedia™ permeable concrete: Hydromedia™ is a permeable concrete solution that provides rapid storm water removal from horizontal surfaces. With compressive strengths ranging between 10 and 20Mpa, its permeability of roughly 600L/m2/min and available range of colours, Hydromedia™ is ideal for walkways, parking areas and driveways.

Agilia® Vertical provided the solution for the striking facade of the Fulton Award-winning Podium building at Menlyn, Pretoria.

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Hydromedia™allows rapid water drainage, creating attractive and safer paved areas.

a 42,5N general purpose cement and its strength performance enables significant savings to be realised in cement usage compared with typical 32,5N general purpose cements. CEM IV type cements, such as Buildcrete, are now classified as Sulphate Resisting (SR) cements according to the new EN 191-1: 2011. • Powercrete Plus: Powercrete Plus CEM II 42,5R, a premium technical extended cement, is widely used in the readymix and construction sectors, even in the conservative water infrastructure sector which traditionally uses CEM I products. It was recently chosen for the construction of the Metolong Dam in Lesotho, based on its versatility and heat of hydration benefits. The special formulation of Powercrete Plus gives it the capability of being extended further on site with additional fly ash or slag, to meet different concrete design requirements for strength, durability and workability.

Artevia™ Polish provided this beautiful solution for internal and external floors in a Camps Bay home in Cape Town.

• Artevia™ decorative concretes: Artevia™ is an innovative range of decorative concretes offering extensive solutions for indoor and outdoor architectural and aesthetic requirements. • Extensia™ floor solution: Extensia™ is a low shrinkage concrete for large area floors that allows saw cut spacing to be increased dramatically and eliminates the need for steel mesh or fibres within a slab structure.

Cement solutions:

Lafarge South Africa is one of the major cement manufacturers in Southern Africa and was the first local cement manufacturer to offer a complete range of extended more environmentally-friendly cements throughout all strength classes. • Buildcrete and DuraBuild: The general purpose Lafarge South Africa CEM IV cements, Buildcrete and DuraBuild, have more than 40% clinker replacement using fly ash extension. Buildcrete is


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Lafarge South Africa has pledged ongoing support for the world’s first dedicated Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo: a percentage of every bag of Buildcrete cement sold is donated to the Orphanage.

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The solution for 1 million concrete rail sleepers: Lafarge RapidCem CEM II 52,5N.

The Lafarge Stoltz Site Spreader gives Lafarge customers a competitive advantage.

• RapidCem: Developed for the precast concrete industry, RapidCem CEM II is the only extended 52,5MPa class cement in South Africa. After a specialised testing programme and on-site trials, RapidCem met exacting German specifications and outperformed non-extended CEM I products to be selected for the production of one million concrete rail sleepers for Transnet Freight Rail. • Fastcast: Fastcast is a bagged product that brings the superior performance of a CEM II 52,5N formulation to the aid of brick and block manufacturers, other smaller precasters and DIY customers. Fastcast offers economy because less cement is required per cubic metre of concrete than with lower strength cements. • RoadCem: Lafarge South Africa worked with road contractors to understand their needs and developed the country’s first specialised road binder, RoadCem, a CEM II cement with 35% clinker replacement using fly ash and slag. • Unique spreading service: Lafarge South Africa offers road construction contractors a worldclass spreading service with the remarkable Stoltz Site Spreader. The unit’s radar-guided computer controlled spreading gives consistent, precise even spreading of roadbinder cement.

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Aggregates solutions:

The aggregates business line operates 20 quarries strategically located throughout South Africa to service all sectors of the local construction industry. Its quarry materials fall broadly into three categories: road materials, concrete materials and specialised materials (washed or blended aggregates for use in the road, paving, brick and block industries). Additional information is available on the website at

LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA Tel: +27 11 657 0000 Main fax: 086 631 0006 Website:


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The green light to go

In South Africa, the free give-away by Eskom of CFL light bulbs has been an attempt to get a grip on the Demand Side Management (DSM) portion of the South African power conundrum. But, despite this advance, the reality is that not all lighting solutions are equal. When it comes to the quality of light produced, the general environmental impact of different bulbs and the cost savings the varying solutions offer, the differences can be dramatic. “As new players and products emerge at a rapid rate, so the need for technical clarity grows,” says Francois van Tonder, Managing Director at Lemnis Lighting Africa, the producer of industry-leading Pharox© LED bulbs. “Companies planning to move to energy efficient lighting really should be putting a far stronger focus on the technical details of various solutions and products.”

Lighting and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Lighting should be a key global focus when it comes to energy efficiency. It’s common knowledge that traditional bulbs not only consume a great deal of power, but are also environmentally unfriendly in their makeup and production cycles – hence the ongoing focus on new generation lighting technologies and systems.


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Lemnis Lighting is the only LED lighting company qualified by the South African Department of Environmental and Tourism Affairs as a certified National Greening company. The qualification comes as a result of Lemnis’ participation in the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup carbon emissions reduction project. The firm is also registering the first, and now validated, LED lighting CDM carbon project in South Africa named “LED’s Kick-off”. Lemnis Lighting clients benefit directly from these accreditations, as they are able to off-set a significant portion of their lighting costs against the carbon credits generated as result of the project. “The equation is not just about cost savings, it’s about full participation in the green economy when it comes to things such as carbon credits,” says van Tonder. “To a lot of architects and business people, carbon credits are something to do with the future. But in fact they have quickly become a business reality. They need to be factored into decision making. We at Lemnis see it as our duty to provide a complete sustainable alternative to traditional lighting; this includes harnessing the benefits of a CDM project.”

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In addition to broad themes such as carbon credits, van Tonder highlights five significant technical points architects and project managers should bear in mind when addressing lighting installations in new and retrofitted projects: • Replacement without customer concessions: Pharox LED bulbs are designed to produce the same warm white light (which is the ideal replacement for traditional halogen and incandescent lighting) or cooler white colours (for more commercial or industrial applications) in terms of efficiency and longevity. The key design departure being that the client has the same quality of colour and level of lighting they were used to, but now at vastly reduced energy consumption rates of up to 90%. • Lower maintenance and replacement costs: Pharox LED lights have a lifespan of 35 000 to 80 0000 hours, which reduces lighting maintenance and product replacement costs significantly. • Mercury content: Pharox LED bulbs are the only way to ensure mercury free lighting. Recent studies indicate that a single fluorescent tube can contaminate in excess of 20 000 litres of ground water. • Recyclable: The best new generation LED lights are manufactured according to a cradle to cradle philosophy, which means the vast majority of the light and all its constituent parts are recyclable. The recyclable portion of the light should be in excess of 90%. • Pharox LED technology: The light source of the Pharox LED bulb is actually an array of microchips of different colours that combine to generate a specific light spectrum. The globe runs far cooler than traditional products as it does not rely on heating a filament metal to generate light, and is thus longer lasting and more efficient. “Research, research, research” says van Tonder. “That’s the only way to make sure that the system you’re using in a project is as cost effective, efficient and green as the service provider claims. The reality is that one LED solution can be as much as 50% more efficient than another. So professionals owe it to themselves to do their homework, and to take the broadest view possible of each system and the bottom line green benefits it actually offers.” It is not only the corporate sector that should be taking a holistic and longer term view on expenses on energy efficient technologies, but also the individual

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customer. The Return on Investment (ROI) of switching to good LED technology will in most cases end up in a breakeven or cash neutral scenario when energy consumption reduction, longevity, carbon credits and numerous other benefits are taken into account. “At Lemnis Lighting this is certainly our focus – taking a broad, holistic view ensures that our Pharox lights are able to remain the market leaders,” concludes van Tonder.

LED’s Kick-off Lemnis Lighting Africa’s world first carbon reduction project is successfully registered, enabling the generation of carbon credits trough the installation of Pharox LED lights. To achieve Lemnis’s lofty goals such as electricity saving, being environmentally friendly and assisting communities, the exciting, innovative Kick-off project was launched. It focuses on the following: • Large scale refitting of inefficient traditional lights with highly efficient Pharox LED lights thereby contributing to mass roll-outs of LED in South Africa and achieving up to 90% saving in electricity consumption. • The reduction of carbon emissions. It is at a minimum of 5.6 million tonnes of CO2 during the lifetime of the project. • To demonstrate the use of clean technology in demand side programmes (DSM) to significantly reduce electricity usage, thereby contributing to DSM and climate change objectives of the South African government. • To support local communities by providing educational programmes on “how to become a climate hero!” as an inherent part of the project, as well as providing LED lights for rural areas and longer term employment opportunities through local manufacturing and R&D.

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An architectural style journey Through the years, Mellet & Human Architects has been instrumental in creating individualistic architectural designs for various clients living in the Waterkloof Ridge house in Pretoria. It has very much been a labour of love for both the architects and owners alike, and a dream to be part of this home’s evolution. The original structure dates from the 1960s and was Spanish in character. But since then, the house has received many architectural changes to suit the various owners’ vision of the perfect home. In 2005, the then owners approached architects for renovations focusing mainly on giving the house a Georgian/Colonial facelift. The character of the house was transformed to resemble something timeless and classic. The current owners, having seen the potential of the property, bought the house in 2009 and once again Mellet & Human were called in to make the new owners’ vision a reality. It was a challenging brief that required extensive changes to accommodate the young family’s requirements. The new owners thought the existing architecture was conservative and did not reflect their outgoing personalities. They wanted to make the house their own, and leave their signature on it. The new owners wanted a much more modern look with lots of glass to, which would afford them



previously neglected panoramic views of Pretoria. Other challenges included solving the problematic flow between rooms of the rambling large house, and rectifying the structurally unsafe and leaking roof structures. It had to retain that warm, cosy ambiance of a family home in addition to being a place that allowed for a large entertainment area. It was a challenging project, but left a lot of room for artistic architectural development which was exciting. To solve the problem of structurally unsafe and leaking roofs, the architects proposed to have the roofs replaced with concrete coffer ceilings in the dining and lounge area. The clients liked the look of the exposed concrete ceilings, and it had the added advantage for additional floor space on top of these ceilings. The already large house grew even further in size. The decision was made to have all new concrete and brickwork exposed, creating a contrast between old and new. An “industrial warehouse” architectural theme developed.

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The warehouse theme is taken through with the use of exposed industrial type handrails and light fixtures, and the use of cement screed floors where existing tiles were replaced. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on the north façade of all new rooms allowed habitants take advantage of the sprawling picturesque views. Due to the steep slope of the stand and to maximise views from most rooms, the addition of an extra floor of the house is spread over four levels. This posed a challenge in order to make the large house feel homely for easy family living. The house was thus broken into three main zones according to function. The entrance level, zone one, accommodates the main living areas consisting of foyer, study, lounge, dining, and open plan kitchen with adjoining living and breakfast area flowing onto a covered patio. Off the kitchen is zone two with family bedrooms. The children’s wing has three bedrooms with a connecting games room. A staircase from the children’s wing leads to the main bedroom with private lounge and gym. Another staircase from the entrance foyer provides access to zone three, the guest wing, where two en-suite bedrooms and a lounge area provide complete privacy for guests.


The concrete roof is utilised with an external spiral steel staircase providing access to the rooftop terrace, offering spectacular views and sufficient space for large scale entertaining. The steep garden was partially terraced around the refurbished pool to provide a cricket pitch for the boys. Adjoining the pool is a pool pavilion and boma, a popular spot for late afternoon relaxation, with views towards the house. The creativity of both the owners and the architects has resulted in an artistic delight. The home is further complemented with a collection of South African art and modern furniture to fit the industrial themed architecture. The complete overhaul resulted in the owners’ vision being realised. The home still remains an architectural delight, but is now trendier which flows harmoniously with this young family’s character.

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Sustainable story Comfort and building green are not the only factors driving us towards thermal insulation. The financial pressure due to the increase in energy costs and the regulatory pressure due to the new Energy Efficiency Bill are realities that we will need to deal with urgently. Why do we insulate buildings?

• Comfort – for humans, animals and plants; • Energy efficiency – a well insulated building requires less heating or cooling to achieve comfortable internal temperatures; • Health – insulation can eliminate internal condensation reducing mould growth and resultant exposure to bacteria resulting in better sleep and less stress; and • Productivity – any building with an economic purpose will need insulation for people to operate at their highest levels and for animals to have a higher feed conversion ratio.

Why insulate using IsoBoard?

• IsoBoard does not support flame spread and contains no toxic gasses. It doesn’t absorb moisture and therefore does not support mould growth or contain food for vermin. • The lightweight nature of the board, its high compressive strength, length and flexibility, makes

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it one of the easiest and cheapest insulators to install. IsoBoard can reasonably be expected to last the lifespan of the building. This can mean significant energy cost savings over the life of the building. IsoBoard has more application alternatives than any other insulator. It can be installed as any roof liner, ceiling, cavity-wall or inverted floor application. It’s effectively waterproof, which allows it to be used in high humidity applications in agriculture, aquaculture and manufacturing plants. In residential applications it can be used where moisture and condensation is prevalent such as kitchens and bathrooms. It’s a “green” product in South Africa according to the globally accepted Kyoto protocol. As it has an almost indefinite lifespan if installed correctly, it will contribute to significant energy savings over this period, meaning fewer carbon emissions.


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Early Southern Africans understood well how to build for comfort and survival in our sometimes brutal climate, from cob houses to bee-hive huts. With the advent of modern mass produced building materials, and the ability to intervene in internal climates through air conditioning, the need for a comfort focus in the building envelope diminished. It became more cost effective to build inexpensively and control the temperature mechanically later, using the world’s then cheapest electricity to run heating and cooling systems. Many buildings have been built by developers, for whom it would not have made economic sense to provide a benefit such as high levels of thermal insulation, which is generally hidden within the fabric of the building, and for which there was no general market demand. This means that many existing buildings are not adequately insulated, and mimic the temperature of their external environment. Adequate insulation has the effect of containing the internal temperature of a building within the range where humans are most comfortable, generally between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius. The consequence of many of our earlier lifestyle choices is the threat of global warming, and we are obliged to take remedial action, from a statutory as well as moral and economic viewpoint. All new buildings in South Africa must meet the energy efficiency standards as determined in SANS 10 400 XA, however, there are as yet no stipulations requiring energy efficiency measures in existing buildings through retro-fitting. Many owners have however taken it upon themselves to add thermal insulation to the building envelope to make their homes and buildings more comfortable, thereby reduce heating and cooling, particularly in this era of rapidly increasing energy costs.

Isofoam SA (Pty) Ltd Isofoam SA (Pty) Ltd was established in 1995 by the Kuwaiti Kharafi Group of companies with the aim to introduce Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation board into the South African Building Industry. XPS provides the user with a foam board which retains heat flow resistance at the 5yr aged values for the life of the building. Isofoam SA (Pty) ltd have distribution centres in CapeTown, Pretoria and Durban with outlets in PE, Bloemfontein and Edenvale.


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The distinctive and stylish new office complex for Standard Bank on Rosebank’s urban edge was completed mid-2013 and is currently extensively occupied, undergoing the final tenant fit-outs. The stylishwill new office complex StandardofBank urban edge was completed mid-2013 The distinctive 65 000m2 and of offices ultimately house afor workforce 5000on in Rosebank’s two large footprint expansively glazed buildings of and is currently extensively occupied, undergoing the final tenant fit-outs. nine and eleven floors, connected by a generous central glass atrium. Accessible to the public, a hectare of landscaped

piazza provides a pleasant approach and green setting above a super-basement of 5 levels. The 65 000m2 of offices will ultimately house a workforce of 5000 in two large footprint expansively glazed buildings of nine and eleven floors, connected a generous centralHuyberechts glass atrium.Architects’ Accessiblevision to thewas public, a hectare of landscaped When construction started in 2010,by Grosskopff Lombart to create a lasting, yet proGrosskop piazza provides a pleasant approach and green setting above a super-basement of 5 levels. gressive, comfortable workplace for their forward thinking client. Passive design principles and world-class technology

have been integrated in every facet and the project has since been awarded a 5-Star GBCSA Greenstar Design rating for When construction started in 2010, Grosskopff Grosskop Lombart Huyberechts Architects’ vision was to create a lasting, yet prosustainability. gressive, comfortable workplace for their forward thinking client. Passive design principles and world-class technology have been integrated in every facet and the project has since been awarded a 5-Star GBCSA Greenstar Design rating for sustainability. Standard Bank Rosebank.indd 31

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Standard Bank’s desire to find a balance between an effective working environment and reducing their carbon footprint has lead to the implementation of pioneering technology such as the floor-to-ceiling triple glazed facades which provide spectacular 360 degree views of Johannesburg. Clear glass maximises the natural light projected into the deep space, but such exposure required a ‘responsive’ ‘responsive facade system to control heat, glare and sunlight. A single outer skin and double-glazed inner panel envelops a sealed air-conditioned cavity housing motorised custom-designed aluminium blinds. The blinds respond automatically to the external illumination and climate conditions via sensors.

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The building generates a portion of its own on-site electricity from the Egoli gas main via a gas Tri-Generation plant in the basement. This is also known as CCHP, which produces heating, cooling and electrical energy simultaneously from a single source. Other energy saving devices used include a DALI or digitally addressable lighting system.

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In the main atrium the primary vertical circulation by means of multiple power-saving escalators is the most efficient way of moving large masses of people, at the same time encouraging formal interaction and animating the central hub of the building. The building is so transparent that this dynamic escalator spine becomes an attribute visible from miles away. Various water saving measures greatly reduces the building's water dependency. A large underground harvesting tank collects groundwater from the basement subsoil drainage system, as well as rainwater from the atriums’ glass roofs. A high performance air-conditioning system makes use of a combination of air-cooled and water-cooled chillers to provide the best balance between efficiency and water dependency, with significantly more fresh air than the accepted standard. Pre-cooled air is delivered via Floor Air Terminals in the access floor void where temperature and airflow can be adjusted by occupants.

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The main atrium featuring Cianfanelli’s ‘Seed’ This is a significant advantage in terms of the comfort of individual users within such a large open plan office environment. Drip irrigation installed throughout the liberally landscaped piazza keep the 400 endemic indigenous trees moist, enhancing Rosebank's reputation as an urban forest, giving back to the broader community by open invitation to make use of this green space. An 80m long water feature with multiple spouts boasts chunky granite rocks which are off-cuts salvaged from a local o quarry. Cycling and pedestrian paths flow through the landscape. The architectural materials ensure that a unified ideology flows seamlessly from outside to inside. Standard Bank's values of quality, integrity and permanence are reflected in the choice of solid classical elements such as stone, marble, granite and timber. In harmony with these elements the client’s progressiveness and pursuit for innovation is represented by the more sleek, modern steel and glass.

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The warmth and character introduced by multiple components of sustainably sourced timber is complemented by the prominent mobile structure in the impressive entrance atrium volume.

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'Seed' by Marco Cianfanelli is an artwork of nearly 35 meters suspended in the 45m high glass atrium, made of 229 plywood laser-cut panels representing various aspects of the continent of Africa. It was inspired by Standard Bank’s position as a 'Global Bank rooted in Africa'.

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Once passing through the front doors, the reception desk and benches in the vast atrium are flowing and organic in contrast with the clean, crisp lines of the structure. The colour palette of the interiors is understated, simple and neutral, with splashes of bright colour to give some individual identity to the various floors. The two office blocks also wrap around an internal east and west atrium with open balconies overlooking the trees and tree-like timber structures in the pause area below. At ground floor level the Client Meeting Centre is the centralised facility for engaging with customers, a welcome retreat for international travellers and has comfortable lounge spaces opening up onto the exterior deck and gardens. A coffee shop in the atrium also doubles as an informal meeting zone and a large staff restaurant is under construction. The project has been the culmination of a huge team effort e in fulfilling the client’s dream of a revolutionary new approach to the way they manage their office space. Originating from the desire to go beyond boundaries and a passion for out-of-the-box thinking to produce innovative solutions, the ultimate objective will be reflected in happy, healthy occupants. Flowing lines of the timber benches at the entrance








Timber ‘trees’ amongst the green foliage give a sense of human scale to the east atrium

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Concierge desk in the open plan offices

Piazza water feature Timber gives warmth and character to the public areas

Piazza as viewed from the offices

Pioneering triple glazed facade with integrated blinds

Professional Team: Architects, Interiors & Principle Agent: Grosskopff Lombart Huyberechts & Associates

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Structural & Facade Engineer: Quantity Surveyor: Electrical Consultants: Mechanical Consultant: Fire Consultant: Landscape Architect: Interior designer: Principle Contractor:

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Growthpoint unveils state-of-the-art green building Growthpoint Properties Ltd. wows with its swanky design and environmental friendly approach once again with 44 on Grand Central in Midrand. green building and management expertise to ensure that 44 on Grand Central is leading the way for environmentally responsible building. Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint Properties Offices Divisional Director explains, “This top quality property asset progresses our green building drive. Growthpoint strives to create quality office space which works best for our clients. Green building is essential to providing spaces in which businesses can thrive. Thoughtful design was applied to 44 on Grand Central, creating a stimulating working environment that reduces building utility costs by using sustainable alternatives, to the benefit of occupants.”

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Growthpoint Properties Ltd. delivers with its latest offering – the ‘green’, state-of-the-art 44 on Grand Central office development in Midrand. This new structure was completed on time and within budget following a 12-month construction schedule. This high-quality 7 000m2 development is ideally positioned directly opposite the Gautrain Midrand station. Gautrain is also a major tenant of the building, occupying 2 500m2 of the stylish new multi-tenant office building. Recognised for its growing portfolio of awardwinning green-rated offices, Growthpoint applied its



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The new building was designed according to Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) 4-Star Green Star rating specifications. It used recyclable steel as well as a fly ash concrete mix in its construction. It’s kept bright with daylight harvesting and daylight sensors as well as energy-efficient lighting, inside and out. It also uses energy-efficient motors, pumps and fans. Keeping temperatures comfortable, 44 on Grand Central has external shading, roof insulation and air conditioning zoning. It also features droughtresistant landscaping with rainwater harvesting for irrigation, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint and carpets, as well as a waste management plan. All this is kept finely tuned with a Building Management System (BMS). It even has cyclist parking and change rooms. The premium-grade, green-built 44 on Grand Central is part of the Grand Central Office Park, with

Growthpoint’s neighbouring building tenanted by Sanofi. With extensive energy efficiency, unmatched access to public transport, and excellent road access from Diagonal Street, just off the main K101 arterial, 44 on Grand Central also benefits from a brilliant business location. “Midrand is an attractive commercial node in high demand,” says Pienaar. “It is home to an increasing number of corporate headquarters.” With its superb location in Midrand, 44 on Grand Central enjoys first-rate proximity to amenities and sought-after suburbs.

GROWTHPOINT PROPERTIES Tel: +27 11 944 6000 Website:

Growthpoint is the largest South African REIT and a JSE ALSI Top 40 Index company. Growthpoint owns and manages 393 properties in South Africa, 44 properties in Australia through its investment in GOZ and a 50% interest in the properties at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.



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Aveng Grinaker-LTA: Building a bright future on a proud history Aveng Grinaker-LTA is part of the Aveng Group, one of South Africa’s largest infrastructure development groups, which has been listed on the JSE since 1999 and is active in over 30 countries around the globe. Multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA combines a proud South African history that goes back over a century with a commitment to world-class standards in safety, quality and performance. Throughout its tenure, the company has made a positive contribution in the economies where it is active, building public infrastructure spanning bridges, dams, ports, roads, mines, stadiums, airports and power stations that today form the backbone of the economies of many developing world countries.

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Aveng Grinaker-LTA has an extensive track record of successful contracts, and has the resources, skills and project management capabilities to deliver diverse, multi-disciplinary projects.


The company operates in a number of market sectors, including power, public infrastructure, mining infrastructure, commercial, retail, industrial, oil and gas. Building The company’s building experience and expertise extends from affordable housing to state-of-the-art medical and science facilities, airports and landmark skyscrapers that have shaped South Africa’s skyline. Aveng Grinaker-LTA is able to meet clients’ specific needs by offering tailor-made, turnkey solutions that incorporate design, building and construction management services. Public private partnerships also form part of its service offering, and these are structured to ensure that valued clients’ preferred risk profiles are satisfied.


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advertorial Civil engineering, roads and earthworks Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s service offering includes the construction of dams, pipelines, reservoirs, water treatment facilities, as well as mining infrastructure. Its comprehensive range of services in the roads sector includes the construction and rehabilitation of roads and freeways, bulk earthworks and concrete paving, as well as the rehabilitation and construction of runways and all associated works. In addition its asphalt manufacturing facilities, based in Gauteng, produce and supply a variety of asphalt products and bituminous binders. From reinforced concrete and steel chimneys, to silos, headgears, building cores, lift shafts, stairwells, bridge piers and caissons, Aveng Grinaker-LTA is recognised as a leader in innovative slipform technology. Ground engineering Aveng Grinaker-LTA, through one of its Ground Engineering divisions, offers an extensive range of geotechnical engineering services, from site investigations to all types of piling, ground improvement, lateral support, basement construction and environmental services. Plant In order to offer flexible, cost effective solutions to its clients, Aveng Grinaker-LTA operates an internal plant fleet. The testing standards set for its in-house maintenance department ensure a high availability of plant, thereby minimising potential delays to projects. Mechanical and electrical Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s mechanical and electrical service offering includes the fabrication and installation of structural steel, ducting, platework and low-pressure piping, as well as the installation of associated mechanical and electrical equipment.

What sets Aveng Grinaker-LTA apart? At the foundation of Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s commercial ventures is a commitment to solid corporate citizenship encompassing excellent health and safety standards, an environmental and social conscience, as well as training and development opportunities for its employees. World-class health and safety Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s safety vision of “Home without harm, everyone everyday” reflects a commitment to ensuring the highest safety standards on all projects. The Group is OHSAS 18001 accredited, and has received universal accolades for its excellent safety performance, including NOSA 5-Star safety ratings for many sites, plant yards and operations, which is the highest that can be achieved. Aveng Grinaker-LTA has also attained an internationally-recognised ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management systems. Going green While encouraging internal initiatives to reduce its environmental impacts, Aveng Grinaker-LTA also assists clients to introduce “green” features on new projects. Aveng Grinaker-LTA is currently working on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ new head office, a project implemented in terms of a Public Private Partnership (PPP). This project is located in Arcadia, Pretoria, and will entail the ecological and environmental revival and redevelopment of degraded land. The project’s sustainability goals are already winning kudos, with a 6-Star Green Office Design rating awarded to it by the Green Building Council of South Africa. This is only the third 6-Star Design rating ever awarded in South Africa, and, in addition, the design attained the highest score to date. The development aims to achieve an “As Built” rating, too, in recognition of its energy efficiency.



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Aveng Grinaker-LTA was a founding member of the Green Building Council of South Africa, and aims to drive a more environmentally friendly approach to construction in South Africa. Quality and continuous improvement As part of Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s continuous improvement drive, it strives to value engineer all business processes so that client expectations are not only met but exceeded. Aveng Grinaker-LTA has adopted the international ISO 9001 system for quality assurance, and is committed to delivering quality products and services. A dedicated quality department works with site-based quality officers to maintain effective quality management across all operations, and to continuously improve performance in this area. Addressing the skills deficit With the critical skills crisis widely recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing many sectors in South Africa, Aveng Grinaker-LTA is proud to be doing its part to grow and develop skills in the construction industry. In addition to providing for its employees’ growth and development, Aveng Grinaker-LTA has also mobilised around Government’s national vision of creating 11 million jobs by 2030. To this end, Aveng Grinaker-LTA


strives to create opportunities for local workers, suppliers and subcontractors on its projects wherever possible, and to develop and transfer skills to targeted, previously disadvantaged individuals and enterprises. Skills training and development programmes have been developed and are based on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) standards. All the skills programmes are accredited with CETA (the Construction Education and Training Authority). Social responsibility The Aveng Group supports the development of the communities in which it operates and its Corporate Social Investment strategy is driven by principles of focus, nurturing relationships and enhancing sustainability. The Group’s vision is to leave a lasting legacy of which future generations will be proud. A regional approach Aveng Grinaker-LTA operates in South Africa, selected African countries and the Indian Ocean islands. The company is represented throughout South Africa, with offices in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London. REHM-Grinaker, a construction company in Mauritius, is also managed by Aveng Grinaker-LTA, which has a 43% stake in this business.


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SAFCOL: The New Face of Rural Economic Development The South African Forestry Company (SOC) Limited (SAFCOL) is one of the leading forestry companies in the South African forestry and timber industry. SAFCOL has plantations in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Kwa-Zulu Natal covering 187 320ha. The Group also has a Processing Facility, Research Centre, Nursery and Training Centre. The Group also manages 31 754ha and a Sawmill in Mozambique, through IFLOMA its Mozambican operation. The Group was established in 1992 to operate not just as a commercial entity but to influence transformation in the forestry Industry. The State Owned Enterprise, under the Department of Public Enterprises, recognises that the integration of forests and communities is vital to sustainability and development in rural areas, SAFCOL has taken a resolute stance designed to make a difference to the circumstances of people in rural communities close to its operational sites.

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom, SAFCOL Group celebrates 22 years of existence. The Group recognises one of government’s key messages during this celebrations, “We still have a long way to go in improving the lives of all South Africans” as its mandate to continue working towards a transformed forestry industry that supports and works with communities around its plantations. The beautiful, functional and much needed timber framed structures built from its timber are just the beginning. 20 years after freedom, “The triple threat of inequality, poverty and unemployment still lingers and must



be defeated.” South Africans want to own their own homes and SAFCOL presents the solution towards fast-tracking the development of human settlements. “SAFCOL embodies “Growth through partnership” as it is aware that an island of wealth in a sea of poverty goes against everything the South African democracy stands for.

Building Rural Communities with timber

At the beginning of the 2011, SAFCOL made the unconventional decision to start driving timber frame structures within its socio-economic and enterprise development projects. Through consultation with the DBSA (Development Bank of Southern Africa), the idea of building timber frame structures was developed. Timber building, for its many advantages, can go a long way towards addressing poverty and improving the lives of communities living in rural areas. These structures are considered as an alternative to traditional building, as they are quick to erect and have exceptional insulation properties. In addition to being environmentally friendly they are easier to erect in difficult terrain. To date, SAFCOL has built several timber frame structures in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Eastern Cape. The buildings have ranged from classrooms, to dormitories and a dining hall. The company has a development timber frame building contractor, whom is being developed and mentored by an already established contractor as part of its enterprise development programme. SAFCOL also ensures that its contractors make use of local labour throughout construction projects. It is important for SAFCOL, as a company dealing in natural resources, to consider the environment and the legacy of its ecological footprint. The timber structure project satisfactorily responds to environmental issues concerning energy use during production and after construction. Transforming timber into a useable building material takes little energy and generates minimal pollution when compared to other mainstream alternatives.

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Above left: Timber-framed structure school built in mountainous Swallows Nest Village. Above right: Talking to leaners in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape about opportunities for learnerships and bursaries.

The education system is seeing an upward trend in learner enrolment; as a country there is more to be done to produce the highly skilled individuals needed to grow the economy. This has led to a focus on classroom buildings, ensuring that the country’s children do not sit under trees to learn, but use those trees to build their classrooms. Bhekimfundvo primary School, one of SAFCOL’s bigger Timber framed structure projects was built on a very skew and mountainous area. This school was handed over to the Department of education by Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, who has been supporting SAFCOL’s developmental agenda. Mr Magwanishe is also the mastermind behind SOC CSI collaborations to bring forth more impactful CSI programmes. Bhekimfundvo Primary School then became a consolidated effort of

SAFCOL, Eskom, Transnet and Denel. These DPE SOC’s combined their efforts to bring a holistic school to the community. Giving life to timber framed structures on a grand scale is SAFCOL’s undertaking as it is perfectly positioned to deliver on infrastructural needs, especially within rural areas. The achievement of sustained and tangible change within communities is possible only through partnerships with stakeholders who share a common vision of addressing the triple constraint of poverty, inequality and unemployment faced especially by rural communities. The company looks forward to this challenge and the potential of partnerships which will bring about the building of meaningful expertise that are essential in the achievement of development outcomes.

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Understanding wood preservation Bruce Breedt, Executive Director of the South African Wood Preservers Association, discusses the basics of wood preservation. There are two types of wood preservation namely, primary (industrial) and secondary (DIY). Primary wood preservation involves a process whereby wood is impregnated with an industrial chemical wood preservative (biocide) to increase its durability and resistance to biological attack, i.e. fungi, wood borers and termites. High pressure processes, involving waterborne chemicals and creosote are predominantly used and other approved methods of primary wood preservation are hot and cold open tank, using creosote, diffusion, using borates and low pressure or double vacuum processes using Light Organic Solvent Preservatives (LOSP) such as TBTN-P or azole permithrin. Visit for an animation of the pressure process. H Classes

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Primary wood preservation is a pre-treatment were the timber is impregnated with a wood preservative prior to end use application, and therefore acts as preventative measure. It is not supplemental or remedial (after the fact). Chemical retention, penetration and processes used are prescribed in SANS standards and mandatory compliance is regulated through regulations and compulsory specifications. Third party product certification is thus required. Secondary wood preservation includes supplemental or remedial preservatives that contain biocides as active ingredients which can also be included in protective wood finishes, i.e. wood sealers as the carrier. Supplemental or remedial preservatives

Decking, cladding, Fungal decay Moderate outdoor furniture, and and insect risk exposed structural, attack fencing and landscaping timber products not in direct ground contact. Normal in ground timber/poles used structures, fencing, landscaping and garden features, etc.

Fungal decay High risk and insect attack

Used in contact with fresh water and heavy wet soils, e.g. structures in fresh water, such as jetties, walkways, piling, etc.

Fungal decay High risk

Used in direct contact with sea water, e.g. jetties, quays, marine walkways, retaining walls and barriers.

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advertorial are mainly applied by hand e.g. brush, paint or sprayed on in a DIY setting and are mainly corrective to stop further attack but can also be preventative, i.e. treating exposed ends of pre-treated timber that has been modified or cut. Bandages, pastes and rods (sticks) with diffusible borate as the active ingredient also fall under the remedial preservatives. Supplemental or remedial preservatives normally require an on-going maintenance programme to remain effective. Protective wood finishes come in the form of sealers or varnishes, contain no biocides and are also applied by brush, paint, and spray in a DIY setting. These types of wood finishes protect against weathering factors, such as water ingress temperature changes and UV rays, but not against fungal and insect attack.

Why preserve timber?

The natural durability of our commercially grown and used plantation species like Pinus and Eucalyptus is low, rendering it susceptible to insect and fungal attack; therefore it is imperative to preserve the timber. Timber preservation also enhances durability and confidence in using timber and extends the life of timber, as well as providing the added benefit of increasing the carbon sink. Preservation of timber and the use of preservative treated timber are regulated by building regulations, such as regulation A13, as well as in the NHBRC manual, which specifies the use of preservative treated timber when used in permanent structures in specific areas of South Africa. Compulsory specifications for timber preservations can be found


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in the VC 9092 (NRCS) specification which regulates the sale of preservative treated timber. Both these regulations refer to SANS1000: The preservative treatment of timber, which in turn refers to the relevant product standards mentioned below.

Choosing the correct treated timber

The following SANS standards apply to treated timber: • SANS 457 parts 1 and 2 – wooden poles, droppers and guardrail posts for building, fencing and agricultural purposes. • SANS 753 and 754 – wooden poles for transmission and telephone lines. • SANS 1288 – all other preservative treated timber, e.g. sawn structural, flooring, etc. These standards specify a Hazard Class system (H Classes), which categorises treated timber into different end-use applications based on the following: • Different exposure conditions • Potential risk of biological attack • Preservative retentions/chemical loading

Product use information

Be sure to choose the correct H Class timber for your intended application and apply remedial preservative to all cross-cut and exposed areas (except when in contact with the ground, fresh water or marine applications). Apply a suitable brush, paint, or spray-on wood sealer when the natural look of the timber is desired. Do not plant poles inside an encapsulated concrete base. Instead, use a ‘collar’ or compacted stone and soil with or without a solid (cured) concrete base.

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How to plant a pole Safety precautions

When machining (e.g. sanding and sawing) CCA treated wood, be sure to wear a dust mask. It is also important to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles. Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid prolonged inhalation of sawdust from CCA treated wood and wear gloves when working with freshly treated wood. Always wash work clothes separately. Do not make baby toys or furniture from CCA treated wood that may be chewed on by infants, or make any food utensils from CCA treated wood. Do not use CCA treated wood for firewood, to prepare any foods and do not store food in direct contact with CCA treated wood containers. Do not make containers for storing drinking water from CCA treated wood. CCA treated wood should also not be used in beehives where it may come into contact with the honey, nor should treated wood shavings or sawdust be used for animal litter or where it can become a component of animal feed.


Treated timber waste is not regarded as hazardous waste material; however, treated wood off-cuts and waste should not be allowed to accumulate, but should be disposed of at a registered disposal or landfill site. It is important not to burn treated wood off-cuts and waste or use it firewood for food preparation, as this will allow the release of chemicals, which are tightly bound to the wood, into the smoke. The ashes may also contain residual chemicals.

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Architectural design and nature in harmony Having won prestigious awards such as the PIA Honorable Mention for Architecture, SAIA Award of Excellence 2012, SAIA Award of Merit and the International Property Award 2013, it comes as no surprise that Mellet & Human Architects astound once more with House Hefer on Leeuwfontein Estate. House Hefer is the epitome of elegance, which complements the natural surroundings with an effortless grace. Timeless and earthy, this house also boasts spectacular views and an essence of tranquility that is unrivalled.

Positioned in a security estate north of Pretoria with typical Bushveld vegetation and free-roaming animals, House Hefer is designed as a single storey structure fragmented into smaller units, to have minimum impact on, and be sensitive to nature. The corner property of approximately one hectare in size has a gradual fall to the northeast and unobstructed views of the distant hills. The only neighbouring houses are situated to the southwest of the property. In harmony with nature, estate rules determines that no boundary walls may be built, and also regulate the maximum footprint of designs to a maximum of 1 000m2. A circle, created by low terrace and structural external walls, defines the built area, and creates a sense of place, privacy and tranquility. This circle is positioned southwest on the property to maximise views. For privacy, the circle is solid on the western side, and more fragmented and open to the north and east to utilise views and connect with the landscape. The only cultivated areas are found within


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this circle. The pool extends into and reflects the landscape. Two intersecting galleries, running the width and length of the house, provide internal movement and serve to connect rooms. Through their height they become important external visual elements. High clerestory windows let in abundant light resulting in airy interior spaces, and one is constantly aware of the changing quality of light throughout the day. All rooms afford views, and flow either into the landscape or onto secluded courtyards. One is constantly aware of transparency between nature and the building when moving through the house. The client required large living areas, an easy living home, and a timeless approach to architecture. The result is a functional floor plan, with centrally positioned free-flowing living areas and kitchen with a fireplace – the heart of the home. The north orientation of these interlinked rooms creates light and sunny interior spaces. Cantilevered concrete window overhangs provide desirable energy efficiency internally. Situated

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east, off the entrance gallery, the bedroom wing is private. The garages and servants’ wing are positioned to the southwest, forming a barrier from neighbouring properties on this side, and adding to the privacy of the house. The house is painted in earthy colours; green taken from foliage found on the site and brown derived from natural stone. Textured plaster and use of wood and stone strengthen the closeness of the house with the natural environment. The low pitched roofs are covered in sheets of copper, zinc and titanium composite chosen for its ability to weather with age. This bold design has a simplicity to it that requires no unnecessary external decoration, and is in balance with nature to provide a relaxing, timeless family home for the owners.

MELLET & HUMAN ARCHITECTS Tel: +27 12 460 9011 E-mail: | Website:

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Sika continues to innovate with new Sikafloor-405 Sika’s proven technology of high performance products, including the new Sikafloor-405, used in the prestigious Sandton project makes a bold statement. Construction commenced early in 2013 on a new, upmarket residential complex in the densely populated Sandton CBD. Designed with very intricate detail work, the Katherine & West building is set to become an architectural landmark in the area and is the first project of its kind in South Africa to utilise Sika’s new Sikafloor-405 coating system. Many other Sika products were also used in this project. For waterproofing of the concrete flat roofs, balconies and areas of complex detail, main contractor and specifier, Barrow Construction, chose two internationally approved Sika products from the Moisture Triggered Chemistry (MTC) Sikalastic 600 range. As requested by Barrow Construction,

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advertorial a number of its local labour employees were sent to Sika’s Johannesburg branch for comprehensive training on the application of these Sikalastic products. The training included surface preparation, as well as application of the primer, base coat and topcoat. Sikalastic Concrete Primer, a two-component, high solids, solvent-based, polyurea primer was applied to the concrete substrate on the roofs as well as both trafficked and non-trafficked balconies. This high performance bonding agent significantly reduces the likelihood of outgassing from susceptible substrates and combines a rapid cure time with a long pot life. Sika Concrete Primer helps to stabilise cementitious substrates and is easily applied by brush or roller. Both Sikalastic-601 BC (Base Coat) and Sikalastic-621 TC (Top Coat) are cold-applied, seamless, highly elastic, one-component, moisture-triggered polyurethane, which are designed to provide an easy and quick application, especially on roofs displaying complex details where accessibility is limited. These fast-curing products rapidly become resistant to rain damage, provide strong resistance to atmospheric chemicals, and when used with approved primers, will fully bond to most substrates preventing the migration of water. The elastomeric Sikalastic-601 BC was applied in conjunction with Reemat, a reinforcing chopped strand matt, while the UV-stable Sikalastic-621 TC was used as a topcoat on all exposed areas. The extremely intricate detail work on this project proved challenging to the contractor who had to ensure that all areas were correctly coated. These details consisted of full bores, downpipes and upstands. The new Sikafloor-405 was applied to all floors and balconies as well as tanked areas below ground level that were to be backfilled. It was used as a trafficable layer on top of the standard Sikalastic MTC. Sikafloor-405, a one-component, highly elastic, polyurethane resin coating, is pigmented, solventcontaining, UV resistant and provides moisture triggered curing. It is slip resistant, UV resistant and waterproof; it offers crack-bridging coating for concrete, and acts as a cementitious screed for substrates and tiles. Once the applications of Sikafloor-405 were complete, the areas were tiled over and finished off. With Katherine & West being situated in close proximity to adjacent buildings and traffic, care was taken at all times to protect the surrounding areas from any environmental or noise pollution. This project is the largest Sikalastic MTC project to date, with a total of approximately 8 500m2 covered, and with the proven technology of these high performance products boasting a 20 year track record, hence future owners of this exclusive complex are assured of the durability of their new investment.


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PVC, a clear solution PVC might have been accidentally produced in a lab, but there is no denying that it was an unintentional stroke of genius. SAVA highlights the benefits of using PVC in energy efficient buildings.

In the recent years the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has worked tirelessly to improve the environmental profile of vinyl products through its Product Stewardship Programme (PSP). According to the CEO of SAVA, Delanie Bezuidenhout, PVC is one of the most researched, tested and commonly used plastic in the building and construction industries around the world. “Vinyl has become a truly versatile, important and sustainable component of green buildings thanks to its energy efficiency, low maintenance, low cost, light weight, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, durability, easy installation and longevity,” Bezuidenhout says. Produced accidentally in a laboratory in 1872, PVC was first commercially manufactured in the 1930s after techniques for mixing it with plasticisers became known and PVC emerged as a substitute for rubber. “PVC can be recycled and offers various environmental advantages over the use of other materials,” Bezuidenhout says. “The use of PVC in windows profile, for example, results in lower maintenance requirements, causes less air pollution than what is caused from painting or the staining wood and hardboard siding, and is also less energy intensive than aluminum. It is used in a wide range of different applications, such as in pipes for our fresh water, roof membranes, drain pipes, floor coverings, window frames, electrical cables, toys and food packaging,” Bezuidenhout adds.



SAVA aims to change people’s perceptions about PVC by educating them. “The PSP forms the cornerstone of all SAVA’s efforts and is a voluntary commitment by our members (which include many of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of building, construction and other products containing PVC) to the responsible and sustainable use of PVC,” Bezuidenhout explains. The PSP has a series of achievable commitments that address the industry’s environmental issues and consists of the following fundamental key areas: • The responsible and sustainable use of additives, including (but not limited to) stabilisers, plasticisers, pigments and Bisphenol A. • The responsible and sustainable vinyl recycling programme that quantifies the opportunity for recycling in post-production and post-consumer waste, and sets realistic and sustainable goals. • Open and effective communication with industry role players, the public and government in order to ensure that PVC is used effectively including cost wise. • Ensuring the industry’s health through product, market and application opportunities, thereby improving human capital and overall growth, prosperity and sustainability of the vinyl industry. • Ensuring a fully functional industry initiative that adds value to both members and the industry by growing a sustainable membership base with an effective marketing plan. The Green Building Council of SA’s recent decision to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star SA rating system is proof that SAVA’s efforts to the PSP are bearing fruit. Says Bezuidenhout: “SAVA was instrumental in this process, which is a major step forward in the association’s efforts to promote PVC as a responsible and sustainable material with wide areas of application. We are proud of the fact that the GBCSA acknowledged the progress our industry has made to date and that they have deemed the transition in the local vinyls industry to be on par with that of the Australian PVC industry.” However, SAVA cannot afford to rest on its laurels, as delivering progress on the PSP is critical to the Association’s success. They have set realistic timeframes and goals for the delivery of key undertakings in the production and storage, the safe and sustainable use of these additives, waste management thereof, and research and public reporting.

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technical feature “Our main purpose is to represent our members’ interests in the Southern Africa region by creating consumer confidence within the industry and to develop and sustain markets for the PVC business. We assist our members, relevant authorities and experts to understand, characterise and address product stewardship issues association with the life cycle of PVC products”, she explains. Being part of a successful industry implies accepting a responsibility towards others in that industry, therefore SAVA actively participates in knowledge transfer activities with the Australian Vinyls Council, The Global

Vinyls Council, Vinyls Plus and other international organisations. Locally, SAVA has representation on the Recovery Action Group (RAG), the Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) and the Plastics SA Sustainability Council. “It is our goal to ensure that our members are represented on a broader platform and we are confident that we will be able to create an even bigger impact and reach within in our industry as our membership and influence grows,” Delanie concludes. For more information about SAVA and their PSP, visit

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Ceramic art Ceramic Wholesaler – striving to be leaders in the field. Utilised over centuries, ceramics have always served a dual purpose either as functional objects or something that adds beauty to any space. Established in 1994, Ceramic Wholesalers is a tile and mosaic importing, wholesaling and distributing company that offers clients across the African continent a wide and varied assortment of ceramics that is guaranteed to brighten any area. Ceramic Wholesalers focuses on excellence through innovation and design. With extensive market research and development, Ceramic Wholesalers is able to consistently offer clients the very best of products at affordable prices.



Our portfolio caters for a wide range of services and specifications, which extends to homeowners, retailers and architects. With almost 20 years of experience in the ceramic market, we strive to be leaders in this field, and this steadfastly remains our company’s motivation. In order to showcase our extensive range, we have compiled the first edition of our mosaics catalogue, which we believe to be a viewing pleasure. For more information please visit

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Certainty in cement Building our cement operations from the ground up has taught us more than just the technicalities of constructing a plant. It has entrenched a comraderie in our people, a certainty that nothing would get in the way of us entering the market, writes Pieter Fourie, Chief Executive of Sephaku Cement. As our Delmas cement plant goes online early in 2014 and Aganang in the North West becomes operational during the year, the face of the country’s cement industry will change, and there is no turning back. We have navigated our way through building leadership and operational teams from scratch, securing investors and safeguarding their investment, connecting with and involving communities, all the while designing and building the two plants.


Our entry into the market is based on belief in the long term sustainable growth of cement. Our country may have relatively good infrastructure but there is still a lot to be developed. Added to this, ageing production facilities has made production static at a time when it needs to be cost efficiently increased. Great competitiveness and cost efficiency lies in the state-of-the-art technology backing Sephaku Cement’s plants.


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Our company, a 64% owned subsidiary of Dangote Cement Plc and an associate company of JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings, was established in 2006. Sephaku Holdings secured limestone resources and invested the initial seed capital required for the project to get started. By late 2010, the projects were fully funded, having attracted the largest inward investment in South Africa by an African company, Dangote Cement. Through tenacity and determination, we navigated our way through the global recession, emerging with increased investment from Dangote Cement and backing from local market financial institutions, Nedbank and Standard Bank. With this heavyweight backing, the largest single cement plant in the country – our 6 000 ton per day clinker facility with a total cement capacity of 2.5 million tons per annum – is en route to being completed.

Strategic Delmas

The construction of our 155 ton per hour cement milling plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga is well on track to begin cement production early in 2014. Our operations here give us a distinct advantage. Not only are they close to Gauteng but through efficiencies enabled by the latest technology equipment in this plant, we can secure a respectable share of the inland market. From a process perspective, our cement process begins in Lichtenburg after which the clinker is transported to the Delmas milling plant. This is more cost effective as we transport clinker rather than cement. In addition, our fly ash beneficiation plant



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at the Kendal Power Station, Emalahleni, adds to the economies of scale with our plant being just 35km from Delmas.

Community connection

production we will change the face of the industry. As Delmas becomes operational early in 2014, followed by Aganang we look forward, with confidence, to the next steps of our journey.

Since the early days of our journey to market, we have made a concerted effort to invest in areas in where the needs of Verdwaal, Itsoseng and Springbokpan are supported. These communities are situated near our flagship plant and work done with the people here includes initiatives in education, employability, enterprise development and healthcare. We work closely with the leadership of these communities and have an open door approach to find out how we can help. This year has seen the company fund a Grade 10, 11 and 12 Winter School, which was hosted by Tswelelopele High School in Itsoseng and attended by three additional high schools. We are also setting up five small business initiatives in the transport, logistics and pallet sectors.

People focus

Sephaku’s sales and customer service team is a cement force of experts. We want to ensure that every customer gets the best from our product. From the very beginning we will assist technically in designing mixes and selecting the optimal cement for customers’ requirements. We are also adding to value through support provided by our Sephaku Cement Technical Laboratory. Looking back over our six year journey we have overcome some serious challenges. But we have never lost belief in why we are coming to market or the definitive believe that we will enter this market. Success is the only option for us as we remain committed to making South Africa’s cement industry all about the needs of the people who make the end product a reality. Through taking a more hi-tech, progressive and passionate approach to the business of cement



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Décor dreams made a reality Visual art adornment adds spark and brings life to any space as evidenced throughout the years. Be it classical or modern, Style Décor with it expertise and extensive product range, is able to make any décor dream a reality. Throughout the centuries humans have been inspired to create adornments for buildings and gardens. History books illustrate artworks from all over the world including Ancient Greece, Rome, India, China, South America and Africa. These ancient artworks and building adornments were created for both religious and political purposes. It is believed that the Romans were the first to design purely ornamental gardens, usually enclosed by walls or the house itself, forming a central courtyard. Urns, busts, sundials, fountains and pergolas were all incorporated into these gardens. The Romans introduced their classical gardens to Britain during their occupation from about the years 43 to 436. Many beautiful examples of Roman influences can be seen in France. The gardens and courtyards of 12th century Fontainebleau with works by artists and designers such as Leonardo da Vinci are a classic example. Today, the creation of a classical garden remains a realistic possibility to all of us thanks to an array of garden décor inspired by historical statuary and architecture. Style Décor, established in 1965 and a member of the Concrete Manufacturers Association, has over the years developed a large range of ornamental products using various materials including concrete, textile, fibre and polymer cement , as well as steel products for use in gardens, interiors and buildings to allow all to achieve their décor dreams. With over 3 800 products available, for both classic and modern designs suitable for domestic in addition to corporate applications, clients are spoiled for choice.


In 2012 Style Décor made extensive, innovative changes to its paving and cladding division. This now means that production can now accommodate large commercial contracts. With at least 10 colours to choose from, using the wet cast technique, Style Décor’s products have undergone and passed EN Standard testing for tensile strength, surface abrasiveness, compacture strength and water absorption. This dynamic company also has an in-house mould and paint shop that specialises in producing any custom-made architectural decorative element or moulding to clients’ specifications. In addition, the shop manufactures moulds for resale. Style Décor’s expertise in this sector is vividly illustrated by the high-profile projects the company has been involved in, which includes the cladding at OR Tambo airport, plant containers for FIFA World Cup Soccer stadiums, specialised columns and statues for Sun City and numerous private developments and embassies. Décor dreams can become a reality with the assistance of Décor Style.


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World class healthcare The upgrade of the National District Hospital in Bloemfontein demonstrates how an existing facility can be “recycled” and transformed into a sophisticated and fresh environment, more in line with private hospital facilities.

National District Hospital Bloemfontein Oncology Ward 28A before the upgrade.



The National District Hospital in Bloemfontein is one of many South African healthcare facilities that serve the large portion of the population who cannot afford medical aid. Despite various wards being upgraded in the past, there were still areas where people could not be treated in a calming and efficient space. One such area identified in 2011 for a revamp was the 338m² women’s Oncology Ward 28A. The Innovative Cancer Care Foundation (ICCF), a non-profit organisation established in December 2010 with the intent of improving patient access to innovative cancer care, acted as the “donor client” on behalf of the Free State Department of Health. One of the key objectives of the ICCF is to modernise existing tertiary provincial cancer treatment centres all over South Africa. And thus began the project to upgrade Oncology Ward 28A. Since the ward of the hospital was required to be operational throughout the upgrade process it was not going to be an easy task, for the staff or the project team. The beds that were in Ward 28A needed to be relocated during the construction process and the project needed to be completed very quickly so as to provide the least disturbance. Sharp Shop Architects (Pty) Ltd., a Johannesburgbased company that specialises in healthcare design, was appointed to oversee the project. The practice is equipped with a high ratio of young, qualified, professional staff ensuring the maintenance of a dynamic, skilled approach at all levels of project execution. Over the last 11 years, the directors of Sharp Shop have delivered a substantial number of retail, commercial, leisure, residential and over 20 healthcare projects including the SOS International Hospital in Angola, as well as the Oncology Ward and Oncology Pharmacy upgrade at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg. Marianus de Jager and Athena Veliotes from Sharp Shop Architects ran the project from the design stages through to completion. The tender was awarded to WGK Construction, with Rudolf Buys as the site foreman responsible for coordinating the construction process. It was the task of the architects to ensure that the design adhered closely to industry requirements, and they thereby applied the SANS and the R158 regulations to the project. The demands of the end users of the building, including the patients and the staff, were of crucial importance when considering the upgrade of the existing ward into a more modern unit. The final space provided an increased number of beds, an improved healing space for the patients and better working space for the staff. These changes all

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National District Hospital Bloemfontein Oncology Ward 28A after the upgrade.

took into account the existing infrastructure, which was repaired so as to supply an all-round improvement to the hospital. The group was under very tight time constraints but these were duly met and the project was successfully completed in three months and handed over in September 2012, within budget. The project was identified, supported, allocated,


refurbished and handed over in just one year, proving that this is all it takes to improve the conditions of an existing government hospital ward. The renovation had an immense impact on staff morale, shaping a sense of pride in the workplace, and created a more restful and technologically superior environment for the cancer patients undergoing treatment.


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Make Chromadek® your preferred steel roofing solution Consider for a moment what a roof really does. It is not something that we think about often but what really comes to mind is the protection a roof provides from nature’s elements while adding the finishing touch to a building. When it comes to making a roofing choice, what better way than to finish your home or building with Chromadek® – designed for both form and function. What makes Chromadek®’s paint system unique?


Developed in 1976, this well-known roofing range, Chromadek®, has been refined and enhanced by ArcelorMittal and features 14 versatile colours inspired by nature to compliment your choice in building. To give you an idea of what goes into Chromadek®, think of a profiled steel sheet containing a unique corrosion barrier of zinc applied through the process of galvanising. Furthermore, a final coat of colour is applied sealing the unique identity of Chromadek® making it the preferred roofing choice. Chromadek® is further enhanced through a range of heat reflective colours that reflects more of the sun’s energy preventing the coating from absorbing energy.

Significantly, 50% of the sun’s energy is invisible extending over three light spectra, while 5% of the light spectrum presents itself as invisible ultraviolet light. While 5% might seem very small when translated to coating degradation, this small value becomes significant. About 4% of solar energy is present in the visible region at ground level implying that a staggering percentage of more than 50% of solar energy is found in the invisible infrared region. This results in a high volume of energy that is absorbed by the coating which results in fading of the coating. Designed to overcome this the heat reflective pigments present in heat reflective Chromadek® are chemically inert and highly stable meaning that heat reflective Chromadek® reflects more of the sun’s energy to prevent the coating from absorbing energy. This effect translates to less heat build-up, longer life-cycles and less fading in comparison to alternative roofing options.

Chromadek® Standard Colours The TSR (Total Solar Reflectance) for Chromadek is shown in the table below Name

Fish Eagle White White Lion Sandstone Beige Gemsbok Sand Kalahari Red Buffalo Brown* Traffic Green Aloe Green* Umhlanga Wave Azure Blue Kingfisher Blue Dove Grey Dark Dolphin* Charcoal Grey*


White White Beige Dark Beige Red-Brown Brown Green Light Green Turquoise Blue Light Blue Light Grey Medium Grey Dark Grey

% Gloss at 60° (± 5 %)

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Total Solar Reflectance

Thermal Emittance


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Solar Reflectance index #

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ASTM 1980

Reference number

80 78 58 55 28 23 18 32 32 22 36 33 31 20

N-14128I N-15010I N-15365I Y-15366G N-06551I N-09412I Y-03002G N-03286I N-02103I Y-01109G Y-01029G Y-13637G Y-13030G Y-13012G

* Colours with heat reflective pigment # Calculated Solar reflectance index (SRI) according to ASTM 1980 under standard solar and ambient conditions (medium wind of 2-6 ms-1).

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advertorial Heat reflective Chromadek®

As part of the development in green and sustainable building a prominent feature of heat reflective steel roofing is a lower energy demand. Through the heat reflective pigment embedded in Chromadek® the benefit of reduced heat transfer can be realised as less energy is required to lower or regulate the temperature of a building. While paint fading is part of the predictable lifecycle of a paint system tending toward its natural state, the increased Total Solar Reflectance (TSR) threshold for Chromadek® ensures that the fading will not occur prematurely. A collaborative approach between ArcelorMittal South Africa and its paint suppliers has led to the continuous improvements in paint performance of Chromadek®.

Colour and Gloss retention results after four years of exposure at St Helena Bay on the West Coast, South Africa.

The increased Total Solar Reflectance (TSR) threshold for Chromadek® ensures that fading will not occur prematurely (as covered by the standard Chromadek® 10 year warranty).

A prime example illustrating the enhancements made to Chromadek® can be seen in the Colour and Gloss retention results after four years of exposure at St Helena Bay on the West Coast, for Traffic Green which represents a popular Chromadek® colour choice.

An exciting new development, Chromadek® Ultim

industrial conditions, and comprises a Z275 hot-dipped galvanised substrate, pre-primed with a chrome free primer and finished with a final coat on the top surface, giving a total thickness of 38 - 42 µm. The reverse surface is coated with a 10 µm corrosion resistant chrome free primer and a 10 µm top surface paint system. Chromadek® Ultim as the ideal choice for coastal applications up to 400m from the High Water Mark. This ultimately enables colour coated steel roofing to be applied in one of the most demanding environments in South Africa.

While Chromadek® is intended for use in rural, mild chemical and moderate marine conditions where correct application and maintenance will guarantee an exceptional lifespan an exciting new development in colour coated steel roofing sees the introduction Chromadek® Ultim. Chromadek® Ultim is both versatile and functional, designed for applications in either marine or heavy

Coating structure of Chromadek® Standard and Chromadek® Ultim. Chromadek® Ultim is intended for heavy industrial or marine conditions.


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advertorial Indication of warrantee for Chromadek® provided in years according to regional application both aesthetical and functional.

@ Based on environment and corrosion categories as outlined in ISO 9223 and ISO 12944 standards. # The top coat thickness which includes metal and paint systems. * Natural weathering degradation curves as provided in datasheet C 1.4 HWM High Water Mark NR Not recommended, but can be considered with manufacturer’s agreement NG No Guarantee (Terms & Conditions apply)

For complete peace of mind, Chromadek® is manufactured to exacting standards by ArcelorMittal South Africa endorsed by a standard 10 year warranty. Roofing contractors and profilers are advised to apply for this warranty to ensure that the installed roof is authentic Chromadek®. To ensure that a Chromadek® roof is authentic, the colour coated roof sheet is marked on the reverse side with a coil number for full traceability. Remember - If it doesn’t say Chromadek® it’s not Chromadek®. Insist on your guarantee of quality. Chromadek® is the colour coated steel roofing material of choice that is effective, practical and truly beautiful.

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Leviton, the smart choice for smart professionals With a product portfolio of over 25 000 devices and systems, Leviton is a global leader in electrical wiring devices, data centre connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. Network solutions

Leviton Network Solutions was created in 1988 to meet the growing need for telecommunications and high speed data technologies. Today, the division provides complete copper, fibre and power network connectivity for enterprise, data centres, service provider and residential applications.

Data centre solutions

Today’s enterprise relies on data centres, computer rooms and other “always on” environments. Leviton provides advanced power and connectivity infrastructure solutions that make your data centre more reliable, more flexible, and more cost-efficient. Our field-terminated, pre-terminated, and plug-nplay fibre solutions greatly improve infrastructure flexibility and minimise installation time and system downtime. In addition, Leviton has a team of experts who can assist in planning, designing, and delivering customised solutions to support any data centre architecture. Many data centre products are fully customisable through our exclusive make-to-order (MTO) programme.

Lighting controls

Leviton offers a wide variety of lighting controls that combine sophisticated design with state-of-the-art technology. These include dimmers, dimming racks, relays, scene controllers, timers, motion sensors, occupancy sensors, day lighting and architectural controls. Our lighting controls provide precise, dependable control and complement any residential or commercial application, while offering the potential for significant energy savings. Try the new Electronic Lighting and Fan Control Selector, a great tool to view all Leviton lighting controls for residential and small commercial applications.

Energy Management

With the most comprehensive line of energy management products to help you save energy,

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meet code compliance, and even garner rebates, Leviton brings it all together to help you build a complete integrated energy management lighting control system. Only Leviton takes you from start to finish with service, support, and free design tools every step of the way. This means more options for delivering the ideal control solution for each application. Easy system design, easy product selection, easy installation, and the best customer experience.

Sub-metering solution

Leviton makes high-quality kWh meters to suite nearly any residential, commercial, or industrial application. We have been manufacturing kilowatt hour meters (kWh) since 1989 with a spotless reputation for quality power meters while standing behind the products sold with a 10-year warranty. Our customer service is always available and ready to help with your sales or service needs.

Home automation solutions

Leviton Security & Automation products keep you safe, manage energy consumption, and provide entertainment. Solutions for your home or business are available for every income level and lifestyle. Simply choose the automation, energy management, and convenience features you desire. Leviton Security & Automation systems may be installed in new or existing structures and may be accessed and controlled via your smartphone or tablet.

Entertainment/Theatrical lighting controls

Leviton’s NSI products transformed the way the world thinks about lighting controls. Our control systems are designed to unlock your vision and creativity, giving you the power to animate your lighting like never before. And when you consider their versatility and technological advances, our controllers, dimmers and fixtures are remarkably affordable.


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Leviton products, the future is on Green is the new gold

In wireless lighting controls, no wires and no batteries equal plenty of smarts. Our Wireless Sensor was Product of the Year in 2009 for lots of reasons. With no wires and no batteries needed, it’s a win for planet earth and your bottom line. Its range of nearly 30.48m makes it the market’s long distance champion. Its neutral/no-neutral universal voltage design means it’s good for any retrofit application.

Mission control in the palm of your hand

Introducing GreenMAX™ – smarter design gives you greater control in energy management. Think of it as one small step for you, one giant leap for your business. GreenMAX gives you an entire system for energy management. Green means far greater energy savings and cost savings throughout your building. MAX means it’s far easier to build out or retrofit. It’s complete energy programming, monitoring and management – all with the quality, reliability and ease-of-use you’ve come to expect from Leviton.

Modular Dimming and Lighting Controls System

The QSNet Modular Dimming and Lighting Controls System provide scalable solutions that can be custom-built and designed as per project requirements. It can control universal lighting loads and up to 130 560 lighting circuits. The QSNet easily integrates with third party systems such as BMS, A/V etc. over BACnet, Serial RS232, Ethernet, DMX and more.


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The first steps to energy savings and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points start here. Leviton metering solutions enable you to make smart energy decisions, verify the savings, and achieve your sustainability goals. IP-addressable and readily interfaced with building automation systems, Leviton’s comprehensive line of smart metering products gives you the power to: • Identify energy usage trends; • Evaluate performance of efficiency measures; • Develop demand response programmes; and • Cost-effectively earn LEED certification points. Our Smart Meters come with an industry leading 10 year warranty.

The next level of LED

The new Zipline LED Platinum is the fastest LED retrofit solution on the market providing all the benefits of a new luminaire without the waste, time or effort.

Smart sensoring

The Leviton ODC Series combines line voltage occupancy sensors and photocells into a self-contained unit. The integrated design alleviates the need for separate power pack and occupancy sensor wiring making it a low-cost, efficient energy solution for new construction and retrofits. For true Daylight Harvesting applications, integrated photocells provide consistent daylight design levels by actively switching the connected load(s) ON and OFF in response to available natural light to maximise energy savings. Vacancy timers continually analyse and adjust to changing conditions using the latest microprocessorbased technology to optimise performance. Auto ON/ Auto OFF automatically turns lights ON when occupancy is detected and automatically turns lights OFF when the space is unoccupied. Wire terminals allow for simple connection to a line-voltage circuit and are ideal for existing buildings with limited access to wiring and new construction.

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Going Global for roofing needs Global Roofing Solutions (Pty) Ltd consists of two leading South African roofing brands, Brownbuilt Metal Sections (established in 1964) and HH Robertson (established in 1958), making it one of the largest metal roofing and roofing accessory manufacturers in South Africa. Both Brownbuilt and HH Robertson are household names for the manufacture of commercial and industrial steel roof covering and wall cladding profiles (concealed fix and pierced fix), composite steel floor decking profiles and lightweight coated metal roof tiles such as Arma-Tile™, Arma-Shake™ and Uni-Tile™. With exports to over 20 countries worldwide, Global Roofing Solutions (GRS) has established itself as a global supplier of roofing products. Through its broad and established South African manufacturing base, the company is committed to expanding its supply to the South African construction sector and throughout Africa.

Capabilities and facilities

• Continuous research and development. • Roll forming and pressing capacity in excess of 4000 tons per month.


• More than 18 static roll forming mills, producing several million square metres of sheeting and tiles per annum. • Seven mobile sheet rolling mills for on-site roll forming of long sheeting. • Extensive design and architectural experience to assist quantity surveyors, contractors and architects with projects.

World class products

The roofing products supplied by GRS, are available in various substrates: galvanised steel, Zincalume® steel, stainless steel, aluminium, polycarbonate, GRP (fibreglass) and other composite materials, with a variety of coloured and textured finishes, such as embossing, Chromadek®, Clean COLORBOND™, COLORPLUS®, corrosion resistant Global-Duro™ and 100% acrylic and grit coatings.


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Ventilators, louvres, flashings and industrial rainwater goods Helm Engineering, a Global Roofing Solutions subsidiary, manufactures ventilators, louvres, flashings and industrial rainwater goods. Total roofing solutions from GRS louvres Standard and custom made louvres are manufactured. The louvres are designed to operate in conjunction with either mechanically powered or natural ventilators to replace hot stale air. Fixed louvres provide permanent ventilation, whereas adjustable louvres can be set to deliver variable amounts of air depending on the day to day climatic conditions. Flashings Standard flashings are manufactured for all roofing profiles in different thicknesses, materials and finishes. Special configurations of flashings can be manufactured to clients’ specifications within certain limitations. Industrial rainwater goods Standard and custom made industrial rainwater goods include gutters, downpipes and accessories.

Design and consulting services

The extensive design and architectural experience of the GRS team assists specifiers with product choice and technical advice. GRS can also assist with estimating, the roof design and produce a material cutting list free of charge.



Bullnosing, cranking and curving

GRS has introduced state-of-the-art machinery to provide accurate bullnosing, cranking and curving of the sheeting to suit the most stringent requirements of architects and specifiers. These details add to the aesthetics of many buildings countrywide – our experts will assist in the design of the details to suit your building.


Embossing is a unique stucco pattern, which is rolled into the metal substrate, enhancing the final product. GRS has been manufacturing metal roofing and flooring materials in the unique embossed finish for many years. Independent studies has proven that embossed material has a 20% higher yield strength than plain material for steel thus offering a more rigid sheeting profile with improved traffic ability during and after erection.

On-site rolling/mobile mills

Concealed-fix roof sheeting profiles eliminate the need for piercing the roof sheets, thereby dramatically reducing the probability of roof leakage. By supplying these profiles in continuous lengths, no end lapping is required and the possibility of leakage is further eliminated. On large spans, these parameters can only be met by profiling flat coil material on site. The mobile mills in the GRS fleet are the most sophisticated of their kind in Africa. These fully contained, purpose built factories on wheels, incorporate GRS’ vast experience and expertise combined with the latest available technology.

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• Bridges • Roads • Plant hire • Water works • General building

Service Exceeding Expectations Tel: 015 307 2759 Cell: 073 115 4842 E-mail: 13 Peace Street, Tzaneen 0850

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A modern reconstruction Blue Route Mall seeks to set itself apart from established centres that use traditionally themed architecture as a design crutch. The designers set out to achieve a new, almost futuristic, design palette which promises that Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs’ best years still lie firmly ahead. By Robert Silke and Anneli Visser of Louis Karol Photography by David Southwood and Mike Wesson

The case for demolition

With its origins in the late 1960s and early 70s, Blue Route Mall – then Town & Country – was one of South Africa’s very first major shopping centres. It became an integral part of the life of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and South Peninsula, being upgraded and expanded incrementally to suit changing times and meet the need for increased capacity. However, by 2009 it was clear that a major intervention was required not only to modernise what had become a rather dated centre, but to win back the clientele that had migrated to the competition over the years. Furthermore, the deteriorating condition of the ancient roof sheeting could not be resolved without major disruption as all services (such as air conditioning and electrics) were structurally supported from it.

A bold strategy

Fountainhead (whose management arm is now incorporated into Redefine) took the bold decision to reconstruct the centre from the basement up, focusing on a qualitative improvement rather than increasing retail bulk. A modest increase of 8 000m2 was realised to max out the available bulk of 56 000m2, and a construction budget of approximately R700 000 000. The client’s desire was to provide an upgraded experience that speaks to the demands and aspirations of its existing customer base, while at the same time offering an entirely new kind of retail and


lifestyle facility with the power to entice new shoppers. The quality of tenants, and rentals achieved would increase accordingly. This was achieved over a multi-year construction project in which careful management of phasing around existing operations was one of the keys to success.


The future life of the centre was also an important consideration, informing both the design direction of the whole centre and the decision to add an extended portion of undercover parking during the later stages of the mall’s construction. The Louis Karol team is responsible for both the architecture and the interiors, and their design inspiration was a modern and sophisticated centre which takes advantage of the clean slate afforded by the new construction. The new mall design breaks away from the traditional spatial model of shopping centres as enclosed and internal, combining generous mall widths and dramatic ceiling volumes with a luxurious surfeit of natural light and a refined palette of finishes.


The exterior of the building again departs from the traditional, with its dramatic roofscape and expanses of glazing at both the front entrance and the food court’s balcony emphasising a connection to the outside and to the surrounding area. The external finishes of the new mall knits together


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with the existing building housing Checkers, which had to remain intact, and the new cinema block for which the form was driven by the requirements of the theatres.


Complementing the complex and dramatic ceilings, which give the new mall its defining identity, the interior incorporates fittings and furniture custom designed for the project, as well as utilising new technologies such as digital printed glass. Externally, the inevitable challenge of incorporating tenant signage into the architecture was met by the creation of a blue band as a design element, which simultaneously defined the zones in which the different brand identities could be harmonised successfully. The design is generous, in that malls are wide, space is in abundance, and the building offers itself up to broader community use. The malls form the

function of modern-day streets with space for kiosks, informal activities, promotions and community events.

A new community focus

Some of the funnier community comments on the Blue Route Mall Facebook fan page are also sometimes the most revealing: “I love all the space!”; “Finally we don’t have to drive out to Canal Walk”; “Finally we don’t have to schlep to Cavendish”; and “No longer can I get away with schlumfing into Blue Route in my tracksuit – now I have to get dressed up in style!” What has been achieved is a community building that provides a new central focus for the people of Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula. And if the social media comments are anything to go by, the community is well on-board. The result is a new landmark building in the Tokai and Constantiaberg area, which offers a unique environment which will continue to set Blue Route Mall apart for years to come.

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Keeping cool and going green with Interpon Powder Coating The hazardous effect of global warming and urban heat island (UHI) is well known, and as such the need for more environmentally friendly building materials is crucial. AkzoNobel has picked up the gauntlet to tackle this challenge head-on with Interpon Powder Coating, which works to improve sustainability and minimise environmental impact. People are redefining the way that they think about the places they want to live work and learn. In response to the desire to improve quality of life, without jeopardising the environment for future generations, architects and engineers are identifying and implementing practical measurable green building design and construction techniques. Sustainable architecture uses more environmentally conscious approach to design, that seeks to minimise the negative environmental impact of buildings with efficient use of energy and materials. Such an approach can only help to reduce the effect of global warming along with a phenomenon known as urban heat island (UHI).


Urban heat island is occurring in large cities across the globe, where the built up areas are experiencing higher temperatures than nearby rural areas. Urban heat island affects communities by increasing summertime peak demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and damaging our quality of life, resulting in heat related illnesses and even in some cases, complete blackouts. AkzoNobel has always been at the cutting edge of developing products that improves sustainability and diminishes environmental impact. AkzoNobel Powder Coating is the first coating company worldwide to be officially recognised as SMaRT, with sustainable platinum certification. SMaRT, launched in 2002 is the ultimate standard in product sustainability.


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advertorial In recognition of our commitment to sustainability AkzoNobel was ranked 196th out of top 500 global companies by Newsweek Green Rankings and number one in the Material category in 2012. In 2013 AkzoNobel retained the number one ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices taking top honors again in the Materials Industry category. To support architects with their sustainable designs and limit the phenomenon of urban heat island and global warming, Akzonobel has developed Collection Eternity, a super durable and heat reflecting coating system. Collection Eternity uses Interpon D2525 eco technology, which uses a reflective pigment that deflects the infra-red light, thus the sun’s heat from any substrate that it coats. As a result the surface of the substrate and any interior space it protects are cooler than if painted with a standard coating.

Infra-red images of standard coating versus reflecting coating.

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As part of the Interpon D2525 range, Collection Eternity comes with exceptional durability with more than 21 years on building track record. Interpon D2525 Eternity Collection products are compliant with Qualicoat Class 2, GSB Master and AAMA 2604 certifications, under the relative certifications for the Interpon D2525 Matt product range. Collection Eternity comes with a 25 year product guarantee and 15 year project guarantee, the later guarantees the performance of the powder coating on the building after application. All guarantees are available through AkzoNobel’s network of Interpon approved applicators. Going green does not have to come at a price either; Collection Eternity will be manufactured at our Alberton factory.

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Approved applicators

Currently there are eight Interpon-approved applicators nationally that are also SABS or Qualicoat approved. Project guarantees are available only through AkzoNobel’s approved applicators network, to ensure quality and consistency. AkzoNobel’s worldwide organisation allows architects and fabricators to specify Interpon powder coatings wherever the building may be. Our worldwide team of architectural specialists allows us to manage projects at an international level and our local teams market our products and provide technical support to customers in more than 40 countries.

The second is the project guarantee, which warrants coating performance on the building after application. It specifically guarantees that the colour change will not be greater than a specific range, there will be no visible checking or cracking, and chalking will be within the allowed limit. In addition, gloss retention will be within specification and there will be no adhesion loss.

AkzoNobel technicians make regular visits to approve applicators to provide support, as well as to conduct audits. Only those applicators whose coating and testing meets the required standards are granted approved applicator status. All approved applicators are inspected at regular intervals by AkzoNobel Powder Coatings technicians to ensure the high professional standards of coatings are maintained. All Interpon D products are backed by an international guarantee when applied by Interpon D approved applicators.

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For the building professional there are two guarantee options. The first is the product guarantee that warrants technical compliance on panels at time of delivery.


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advertorial ABOUT US Mission Statement: “Safes, Security, Protection – that’s our business – since 1984” Our Vision: To be a globally competitive and profitable company contributing to a better life for all. Mutual became the first South African safe manufacturer to be awarded the S.A.B.S.953.1990 mark for gun and weapon cabinets, and the company supplies and is recommended by the S.A. Police.

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Our range of products include hotel safes, wall safes, gun safes, office safes, safety deposit lockers, FD40 cabinets, record room, strong room and vault doors, portable vaults, bullet resistant pay windows, antibandit doors, specialised cash in transit safes, and access control booths.

Mutual Safe and Security Group hold exclusive agencies for imported high-security locks and cam locks used in high-risk situations such as banks, casinos and jewellery outlets. Austen Services, a division of the Mutual Group, has a cell lock manufacturing plant in Pretoria.



Fire doors, fire resistant cabinets for documents and data, fire extinguishers, accessories and hosing.

Fully staffed and equipped 24-hour service depots countrywide.

Pneumatic Air Tubing Air tube systems provide rapid, cost-effective and efficient movement of a wide range of samples, components, documents and cash weighing up to 15kgs within the tube work. Innovative computerised multi-stationed transfer systems provide secure transportation within buildings and/or across entire sites. This system is ideally suited to the South African high-risk environment in that it facilitates the swift movement of cash from point of sale to a secure cash area thereby greatly reducing the risk of theft and attack. The division is certified under ISO 9003 which is a first for the industry, and ensures the quality conscious customer of a top quality installation – paramount to the success of the system.

Policy Our company engages an ongoing policy of upliftment of historically disadvantaged individuals through continuous training courses and management opportunity and commitment to socially responsible programmes. (Further details available on request)

In closing The strengths and achievement of the Mutual Austen Safe and Security Group lie in our entrepreneurial abilities and our commitment to our clients in providing top-quality products and service. We are innovative in design and development and have developed exclusive products to counteract the high incidence of crime in this country. We maximise our international exposure to ensure name and product awareness. We are proactive and committed to protection of cash, valuables and people.

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Building a green city – one building at a time… The aim of building the first green city in Africa is not only achievable, but also currently underway. Photos by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings / Boogertman + Partners Architects The question of sustainability in South Africa is becoming more and more prevalent, although we are lacking in comparison to its importance on the world’s agenda. Locally we still refer to “Going Green,” which Europe accepted into their normal way of life arguably 20-30 years ago. Concepts like recycling at source and the use of public transport are no longer seen as anything out of their normal daily life, yet are not commonplace in South Africa. Green evolved into “sustainability”, which tackled more widespread problems like efficiencies (water and energy in the built environment), design (materials and building envelope) and development of new and better technologies.


The world leaders in sustainable thinking have already evolved further into considerations of “Net Zero Energy Buildings” and “Carbon Neutral Operations” – targets and concepts, that in the eyes of most South African’s, appear beyond our reach. The Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon building was designed to improve energy consumption, water consumption and recycling targets – aspects that focus on not being only environmentally friendly but cost efficient too. With the completion of the new Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon building, and the receipt of a 4 Star Green Star Design certification, Menlyn Maine proved that green buildings are no longer beyond reach, and


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that the aim of building the first green city in Africa is not only achievable, but also currently underway. Through the learning’s during the design certification processes, and through Nedbank’s commitment to sustainability in South Africa, the Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon building has received a 5 Star Green Star SA As-Built certification, granting them the title of “South African Excellence” for the new regional head office. The neigbouring SageVIP building also received a 4 Star Green Star Design certification from the GBCSA. Trends from abroad have shown that 4 Star Green Star construction has become “business as usual” in the construction sector – with 5 and 6 Star buildings becoming the market drivers. It is hopeful that over the next five years, South Africa will follow suit and that all buildings will be built with Green Star principles in mind, whether they certify or not. But a collection of 20 green buildings does not necessarily make it a green city. Menlyn Maine is using the American LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design – Neighbourhood Development) rating system to address the urban fabric that rests between the green buildings. This aims to ensure that the development addresses more macroscale sustainability issues, such as heat island effect and storm water management. The tool also talks to pedestrian movement and alternative transport initiatives, as well as urban landscaping and streetscaping – issues often overlooked in the SA context, as developers often don’t look beyond their site boundary, and how the building interfaces with its surroundings.



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Due to the long-term nature of the Menlyn Maine project (completion is estimated for 2020), goals that reach beyond “green” and “sustainability” have to be targeted, as these two massive stepping stones will not be enough to combat global climate change. This is why Menlyn Maine is one of the 16 founding projects of the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI) programme. This is a group of large-scale worldwide projects that are working together to develop a blueprint for sustainable development into the future. Factoring in different climatic zones, economic abilities and social acceptances and starting points, the goal is to draw on the pooled resources and expertise to help create a model for human urbanisation that repairs and reverses the effects of global warming, on a purely voluntary basis.


This being said, this interaction puts Menlyn Maine squarely at the forefront of the worldwide sustainability agenda, and allows a development that remains relevant and iconic into the future. Drawing on this international expertise Menlyn Maine has undertaken a comparative analysis of Green Star modelling and standards, to the American ASHRAE standards (for comparison between Green Star SA and LEED rating systems). The Nedbank Falcon Design Certification equates to a 15% improvement on ASHRAE standards, which would place a 5 Star building in the region of an equivalent LEED Gold Rating. Considering the SA Green Star system has only been around for 1/3 of the time that the USGBC has been working – this is a monumental achievement.


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SA icon, Cobra, pays tribute to SA heritage with dazzling new collection It is only fitting that Cobra, as a 100% home-grown company and a proud part of South Africa’s heritage, has introduced a range of products that pays homage to this legacy. The aptly named Heritage Collection is a stylish range of contemporary single lever mixers inspired by the beauty of the local landscape and the country’s abundant fauna and flora. The Heritage Collection comprises of five new product ranges, each of which takes its name from a landmark characteristic of one of South Africa’s listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The new ranges include Karoo (from the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape site); Protea (from the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas site); Baobab (from the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape site); Tugela (from the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park site) and Nyala (named after the shy animal that populates the iSimangaliso Wetland Park site).

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“It is with the preservation of our legacy in mind that we have named our latest collection,” explains Shelley Galliver, Marketing Manager of Cobra Watertech. With the range taking their inspiration from nature, there are subtle similarities between the mixers and their namesakes. Karoo is minimalist and clean-cut with a stark beauty, while Protea has soft, curving levers and spouts that mimic petals. Where Tugela has organic flowing lines, Nyala’s triangular form reflects the characteristic head shape of this antelope. The solid Baobab is sturdy; its mixers boasting robust ‘trunks’.


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advertorial Each range features a single lever plain basin mixer, bath/shower undertile mixer, bath/shower undertile diverter mixer and sink mixer with tubular outlet. In addition to these mixers, the Karoo and Baobab ranges also include a raised basin mixer. They all boast Cobra’s trademark ‘silk turn’ feature, for smooth operation. All of the Heritage Collection basin mixers offer water-saving benefits by utilising flow restrictors that limit water flow to an economical six litres per minute. They also include alternative flow straighteners for low pressure installations. In addition, the Karoo plain and raised basin mixers, Tugela basin and sink mixers and Protea sink mixer come with temperature and flow control cartridges. “The hand-picked portfolio of progressive and innovative designs will be positioned midway between our Style and Classic Collections, which means they’re incredibly affordable too,” adds Galliver. All Heritage Collection mixers are manufactured from DZR brass, finished in superior chrome and covered by Cobra’s 12-year warranty. They’re also Joint Acceptance Scheme for Water Installation Components (JASWIC) listed and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Certified. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) approval on the products is expected shortly. The Heritage Collection has not only been created to celebrate South Africa’s heritage, but also to act as a driver for social change within the country’s broader community. Designed around the sustainability ethos of the four Cs, namely commerce, conservation, community and culture, a percentage of the net profits generated from the sales of Heritage Collection products will be donated to the Wildlands Conservation Trust. Wildlands focus on uplifting communities through the restoration of the ecosystems they depend on, creating and sustaining ‘green jobs’ for unemployed and impoverished community members.


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“Part of being a South African icon is about building environmental, social and financial equity and raising awareness around sustainability. To show how much we care, and in an effort to really make a difference, Cobra will be donating a portion of the proceeds of the collection to the Wildlands Conservation Trust. So the success of this collection could influence the trust’s efforts to restore ecosystems and uplift communities in a positive way – the Ubuntu way!” Galliver concludes. Cobra’s Heritage Collection is available in stores. For more information on Cobra’s extensive range call 0861 21 21 21 or email marketing@ To view Cobra’s exciting catalogue visit the website to view Cobra’s extensive product catalogue. Or for more information about the Wildlands Conservation Trust go to

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Plumbing visionaries With an eye on excellence, Seaqual continues to create aesthetically pleasing products while maintaining high standards of quality and functionality. The introduction of the First and Second Fix Packs enabled plumbers to do the initial pipe installation first during the wet phase/formwork phase of construction and then return to do the installation of the Second Fix during final finishing/tiling phase. This concept assists with the cash flow of a company, and ensures that products do not get damaged, stolen or lost on site. A typical floor drain is usually sold in-store as an all in one preassembled unit. Seaqual has however split that floor drain into various sections which are sold separately.

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First Fix Pack

The First Fix Pack consists of: • A female reducer known as an F-Box which is available with 4 different outlets; • A large waterproofing flange which accepts all forms of waterproofing available in S.A. including torch-on bitumen; and • A bright red protective dust cover to prevent concrete and/or construction rubble blocking up the F-Box during installation. All the First Fix Packs are manufactured from injection moulded ABS Plastic which is durable, impact proof and resistant to chemicals as well as temperature and climatic changes. First Fixes can be installed on site prior to the pouring of slabs and are tough enough to withstand the impact of concrete as it is poured into the formwork frames.

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Once the slabs have cured, the waterproofing has been applied and the protective dust covers have been removed it is time to insert the Second Fix Pack. Second Fix Packs consist of: • A male grate housing unit known as a M-Sert, which slots directly into the female F-Box already installed. This M-Sert is both square and height adjustable to suit conditions and specifications on site. • Within the installed M-Sert, a 75mm Water Trap is inserted to prevent foul odours from escaping drains inside homes. The extra depth helps to prevent evaporation or syphonage of water within the trap. This is ideal for homes that stand empty for long periods of time or for high rise buildings that could create syphonic pull. • The grate is manufactured in various materials (from Stainless steel to ABS plastic), colours and styles. • The last component is a square Protective Dust Cover which is supplied for protection during the finishing process. First and Second Fix Packs are all interchangeable. With various sizes and options to choose from, you can literally design your own drain depending on the application you require. Seaqual’s products offer value for money without compromising on quality.


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Ensuring the credibility of the engineering profession The importance of expert engineering skills cannot be denied. Engineering plays a critical role in the design, build and maintenance of structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. The Engineering Council of South Africa plays a major role in maintaining standards within the sector.

President, Cyril Gamede, Pr Eng

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. ECSA’s primary role is the regulation of the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories and the regulation of the practice of registered persons. ECSA is under the leadership of Cyril Gamede, Pr Eng, President and Adrian Peters, Pr Eng, Vice President.

Vision statement

ECSA’s vision is to ensure that South Africa enjoys all the benefits of a strong, competent, growing, sustainable and representative engineering profession, able to provide all the expertise necessary for the socio-economic needs of the country and to exert a positive influence in South Africa.

Vice president, Adrian Peters, Pr Eng

Mission statement

Our mission is to create circumstances where society is confident the South African engineering profession is able to carry out the necessary functions for the socio-economic growth in the country. ECSA achieves its mission through: • Setting and monitoring of standards to international norms; • Certifying and ensuring the competence of individuals through registration; • Ensuring quality of engineering education through accreditation; • Regulating professional conduct; and • Growing the profession in quantity and quality in partnership with stakeholders.

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Keeping covered MiTek® illustrates why it is the leading roof truss system supplier in South Africa with an impressive showcase of projects. MiTek® is the leading roof truss system supplier in South Africa with a network of over 190 licensed roof truss manufacturers, across Southern Africa. With its proven track-record of performance and delivery, MiTek® is continually involved with many large-scale projects whether they be of the Gang-Nail® plated timber truss type or utilising Ultra-Span® LGS technology. MiTek® projects – completed or in progress – include:

Jubilee Mall

This large commercial project was successfully supplied by GIANT Engineering CC utilising the Ultra-Span® LGS technology. This MiTek licensed supplier with many years

of experience in all types of roof structures, converted the roof design from laminated timber to Ultra-Span, thereby saving the client at least 10% on the roof structure alone. This excludes additional savings due to the omission of concrete pillars no longer being required with the LGS roof system. The speed at which the whole project could be completed utilising the Ultra-Span system allowed for further savings. The whole project of approximately 4 600m2 with about 350 trusses was assembled at a rate of one minute and 12 seconds per truss, which was quite spectacular in the words of Edward Curry from Giant Engineering. The final roof erection was also completed in a record 14 days, with most delays being caused by having to wait for actual building work to catch up.



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These very large shallow pitched Ultra-Span roof structures with a total area of over 10 000m2 and clear spans of over 25m, are being supplied by Central Roof Industries. Similarly, other Mediclinc projects are being supplied with Ultra-Span roof structures throughout the country.

KwaMaphumulo Library

This large curved Ultra-Span roof structure of approximately 1 200m2 with 20m clear span sections was supplied by BUCO Pinetown.

The Lakes Conference centre

This interesting asymmetric Ultra-Span roof structure with its large cantilevers and clear span of 27m was supplied by Marco Erectors.



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Boardwalk Casino Hotel

This very large Gang-Nail® timber roof truss structure of over 6 500m2 with spans of 20m, a 45° pitch, as well as many dormers and turret roofs was supplied by BUCO Uitenhage.

Baptist Church – Port Alfred

This large unusual diagonal roof structure with central 28m clear span girder across a square building of some 800m2 area, was successfully supplied by BUCO Port Alfred.

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Solar smart Solsquare: saving with solar energy. Solsquare is a solar system integrator, with offices in South Africa and Namibia, offering tomorrow’s turnkey solar energy solutions to today’s energy needs. Solsquare specialises in commercial photovoltaic systems and solar water heating solutions. Our highly trained and experienced solar engineers excel at understanding energy needs in order to cater to our customers’ specific requirements. Our solar systems are then integrated within these specific circumstances, ensuring that our systems perform as expected.


Through a fast growing network of continuously trained and certified installation partners, we are able to offer our services to commercial and residential applications throughout Southern Africa, with local support. With strong partnerships with international solar EPC firms, we combine local project management experience with international best practice in solar engineering, procurement and construction. Our services include installation, maintenance and operation of solar water heating and solar photovoltaic systems. We also offer consulting, planning, project management as well as operations and maintenance services of solar systems to our clients. Our philosophy in product choice is to focus on quality and German engineering, making for long-lasting and reliable solutions with trouble-free operation and low maintenance costs. Solsquare has installed over 1MW of photovoltaic systems in Southern Africa and over 5 000 solar water heating systems. Our solar water heating systems carries a 10 year warranty and our photovoltaic systems offers a 25 year performance guarantee. This provides our customers with peace of mind, short payback periods and provides excellent return on their investment. To mitigate the ever-rising cost of electricity, Solsquare is in the position not only to provide you with a high quality and reliable system, but to help you save a lot more than the cost of your electricity bill. We help you go greener and assist in saving our planet. For more information you can contact us on 012 653 6016 or email For a list of references and images of completed installations visit our website at


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Towering excellence The new Portside Office Tower sets the bar high by achieving a 5 Star Green Design Rating – a first for a tall building in South Africa. By Mike Munnik from AGAMA and Steve Peters from dhk architects The new Portside Tower, on Hans Strydom Avenue, has recently achieved a 5 Star, Green Star SA (GSSA) Office v1 Design rating, which represents “South African Excellence”, as administered by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA). This is especially significant as Portside is the first tall building in the country to receive such certification. Portside, jointly owned by Old Mutual Properties and FirstRand, consists of 57 000m2 G.R.A over 20 office floors with retail space at street level on the lower and upper ground floor. In addition there are three basement parking levels, seven structured parking floors in the podium and two plant floors at roof level, totalling 34 floors. Initially the project aimed to obtain a 4 Star rating, however the client body saw the opportunity to raise the benchmark for this AAA grade commercial development situated in the Cape Town CBD. “One of the real benefits of pursuing Green Star is the integrated approach to design challenges,” says Mike Munnik of AGAMA, the sustainability consultants on the project. “There were many meetings where problems were resolved as a design team rather than as individual disciplines. This contributed enormously to the successful outcome,” continues Munnik. Portside has focussed on the environmental initiatives associated with GSSA projects, including energy reduction through an efficient air conditioning system; the capturing, storage and reuse of rainwater as well as grey water for use in toilets thus reducing potable water use; the use of low embodied energy materials such as recycled reinforcing steel and cement replacement with industrial waste products; as well as the maximisation of natural light through the provision of a high quality double glazed façade. One of the main distinguishing features and innovations in Portside includes the application of LED light fittings throughout the office space. This significantly lowers the energy consumption and is a first for any office building in South Africa. Furthermore, the energy use for all areas, including parking levels is minimised, and ultimately eliminated when they are unoccupied through the provision of movement sensors. The façade has been designed for total disassembly with each component of the unitised facade panels having been marked in accordance with a disassembly plan, which identifies the sequence of removing each panel for later reuse on another building or recycling. This is also understood to be a first for a tall building in South Africa.



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A series of electric car charging vending points has also been provided, with infrastructure for addition points at a later stage, to allow for onsite recharging of electric cars while the owners are at work. In addition to the 227 bicycle racks for staff and visitors, a number of community bicycle racks have provided on the pavement at street level aimed at encouraging alternative means of transport for business people, personal use, tourists and couriers in the lower CBD. This is in support of the City of Cape Town’s non-motorised transport strategy and Ride Your City initiative.


Steve Peters, the Director at dhk architects responsible for the delivery of Portside, said that they were excited to have been appointed by responsible clients, who appreciated the value of this Green Star OfďŹ ce rating, not only to the environment but also to their own investment. The Portside Tower development is a credit to the owners and design team whose vision has been realised. This environmentally friendly building effortlessly showcases that going green and style can exist in perfect harmony, and is guaranteed to instil a sense of pride.


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A touch of class Long gone are the days of uncomfortable, boring office furniture. Ditulo offers a range of aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic furniture that brings a touch of timeless elegance to liven up any space.

Ditulo Office (Pty) Ltd, established in July 2001, strives to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. By taking cognisance of current social, economic and environmental conditions, we can direct our efforts accordingly and thus, contribute positively towards the environment of tomorrow. Our attention to detail and outstanding customer service are just a few of our trademarks in success. We pride ourselves in being on par with international ergonomic trends and products in the office furniture and seating industry.

Making waves

This year we are excited to reveal our new Green & Designer range which is making waves in the industry. Our Green “Honeycomb” Range uses less consumption of natural resources and less energy is used in production. This decreases lead time and the amount of toxic materials and gases being released into the environment. The Honeycomb components are made by using 50% recycled plastic, which is 100% recyclable after the products lifespan. The chair fully assembled with fabric is 97% recyclable. Like all our other ranges it carries a five year guarantee and has improved ergonomic elements with Proudly South African Certification to place the cherry on top. Our guarantee extends beyond products to ensuring an extremely satisfied customer. The individuality of our company and the distinctiveness of our products have put Ditulo Office in a class of its own. For more information contact us on 011 5379860;; or

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Genius recognised Ditulo is proudly part of Bidvest, and Proudly South African. We are a Level 2 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) contributor with an unconstrained operational capacity. In addition we are also members of the Green Building Council. All our products carry a five year warranty and the factory complies with the following international standards: • ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management; • ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management; and • OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management.


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ITC-SA’s excellence recognised Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) has been awarded Professional Recognition by the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The recognition of the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) as a professional body means that ITC-SA has now been assigned the authority to formally monitor and regulate construction standards in the timber roof truss industry. Mr. Lyndsay Cotton, Chairperson of the ITC-SA says, “We are thrilled about this recent development. The ITC-SA offers an invaluable service to the built environment and consumers for the purpose of regulating the timber roof truss market, and is an organisation worthy


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of accreditation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), to whom we are grateful for their support and assistance.”

The benefits

The ITC-SA now has the authority to confer a professional designation on an individual in the form of a title, status and/or registration number. This professional designation indicates registration of the

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advertorial individual with the ITC-SA, and the right to practice in the particular field of expertise governed by the ITCSA. For the consumer at large, the recognition of the ITC-SA as a professional body will strengthen social responsiveness and accountability within the designations, and will promote pride in association for all professions.

Recognition requirements

The ITC-SA as an applicant professional body was accredited by SAQA after confirmation that the following criteria had been met: • Had to be a legally constituted entity with the necessary human and financial resources to undertake its functions, governed either by a statute, charter or a constitution and be compliant with and adhere to good corporate governance practices; • Able to demonstrate protection of public interests in relation to services provided by its members and the associated risks involved; • Able to develop, award, monitor and revoke its professional designations in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions; • Must be able to submit a list of members in the form acceptable to SAQA; • Must have set criteria for promoting and monitoring continuing professional development (CPD) for its members to meet the relevant professional designation requirements; • Must have a published code of conduct and operate a mechanism for the reporting and investigating of members who are alleged to have contravened the code; • Must not apply unfair exclusionary practices in terms of membership admission to the body or when recognising education or training providers; and • Able to provide information related to career advice on members to SAQA. The ITC-SA, in meeting the policy and criteria for the recognition of professional bodies, will now, inter alia: • Recognise suitable education and training providers and be involved in the curriculation of learning programs offered by education and training providers; • Set and administer its own Board examinations; • Register its professional designations on the NQF in accordance with the SAQA policy and criteria for registering a professional designation; and • Meet the South African requirements, as outlined in the policy and criteria for recognising a professional body and registering a professional designation for the purposes of the NQF Act, including the data requirements. Foremost, the ITC-SA will ensure that perceptions of exclusionary practices do not occur. Fred Wagenaar, the Executive Officer of the ITC-SA, says, “The ITC-SA’s recognition as a professional body by SAQA represents a learning curve for the Institute, and one that has brought with it a natural progression towards its sustained growth.”

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ITC-SA The ITC-SA was established more than 40 years ago to regulate the timber roof structure industry, and where engineering rational designs are applicable. The vision of the ITC-SA is to be recognised as an industry leader in the regulation of structural timber solutions in the built environment. The regulation of the specific designations, as approved by SAQA, provides for the registration of professionals applying their skills in the following practices: •

Timber roof structure designs

Timber roof erection practice

Timber roof fabrication processes

Timber roof inspection training

Engineers accreditation

Geographical spread

The ITC-SA has established an infrastructure to serve South Africa nationally. The head office of the organisation is situated in Isando, Gauteng. Branch offices have been established in Eastern Cape; Western Cape; KZN; and Gauteng. Branch committees have also been established in the following regions as an oversight to the ITC-SA and general built environment activities in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State (including Northern Cape), Polokwane and Mpumalanga.

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SACPLAN: “Reinventing Planning, Changing Lives”

The South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) is the statutory Council established in terms of the Planning Profession Act, 2002 (Act 36 of 2002) for the Planning Profession. The SACPLAN assures the quality of planning qualifications offered by educational institutions. Any person who intends to register as a planner in any of the categories in terms of the Act must have completed a qualification that has been accredited by SACPLAN. Registered planners are also expected to engage in continued professional development.


The vision of SACPLAN is to be a pioneer of the founding spirit of innovation in facilitating sustainable and inclusive development in the planning profession of the country.


The SACPLAN’s mission is to profile the planning profession in South Africa to world class standards through: • Regulating the planning profession to promote and protect the interests of the public in relation to planning; • Increasing the numbers of registered planners and increasing representation in the planning profession; • Inculcating discipline and ethical principles; • Ensuring and promoting a high standard of education and training in the planning sector; • Protecting and promoting the interests of registered planning professionals; • Promoting good planning practice informed by ethos, values and spirit of social justice, poverty eradication, spatial equity, environmental sustainability;


• Promoting social and environmental justice by continuously transforming the spatial form in order to realise equitable distribution of resources; and • Promoting innovative planning techniques to advance both rural and urban development.

Skills needed

Planning is a dynamic and diverse profession therefore planners must possess an array of skills such as: • Knowledge of urban spatial structure or physical design; • Ability to analyse demographic information to discern trends; • Knowledge of plan-making and project evaluation; • Mastery of techniques for involving a wide range of people in making decisions; • Knowledge of social and environmental factors; • Communication and mediation skills; • Understanding of the legal foundation for land use regulation; • Problem solving; • Creativity; and • Mastery of geographic information systems and office software.

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Customised commercial carpet design New player, Avance Carpets, offers a rich and vibrant range of carpets that will satisfy even the most discerning client. On par with the latest global trends, Avance still manages to cater to home-grown needs. Avance Carpets’ products are manufactured locally in the carpet mill in Harrismith in the Free State. “Local production, job creation and investment in the local Harrismith community were important factors when it came to the creation of a new commercial carpet brand,” says Luci Nouwens, Director and Owner of Avance Carpets. Avance provides attractive, quality solutions for commercial applications with various tufting techniques both on tile and broadloom format. Our ability to engineer our own specific yarn styles further enhances the actual carpet construction. This together with our tradition of innovation and craftsmanship enables us to come up with exciting and trendy solutions, including tufted and flat-woven styles using our own spun yarns as well as high performance bulked continuous filament synthetics. The result is quality products that are durable and affordable. Avance has made significant investments in technology, equipment and its own tile backing plant in order to provide the ultimate bespoke solution for a commercial carpet project. “Being able to provide a fully home-grown product that competes favourably with the influx of imported products while contributing to the local economy is of importance for this home-grown brand,” adds Luci Nouwens. An exciting new web application also allows clients to experiment with different colours and styles to suit their preferences. Avance also boasts an extensive range of ready-design commercial carpet solutions. While the trend towards tile and wooden floor coverings has particularly dominated the residential market, carpets are still a favoured application in the



commercial sector. “Carpets are still one of the most forgiving and most comfortable underfoot surfaces available. Carpet tiles are also a very practical solution when it comes to installation, allowing you to tackle specific sections or areas that need a unique focus area,” explains Luci Nouwens. All Avance carpets are also volatile organic compound (VOC) certified. With the burgeoning commercial and industrial developments taking place in sub-Saharan Africa and the broader African continent, Avance Carpets is poised to be a serious player in the commercial carpet sector. For more information visit

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The Aquatic Centre is located in the heart of the sports precinct with the gym on the one side and the tennis courts and future outdoor volleyball courts on the other, defining as separate this particular part of the school campus. The Centre includes 2 modern “state of the art” indoor and all year operation swimming pool facilities, the first being a 6 lane Lap training pool and the second a “Learn to Swim” (LTS) facility. The change room facilities, management offices and technical plant room form the East and West anchor points to the o space .

In essence , the Aquatic Centres’ design is an open ended perforated wrapped pavilion that protects against the weather while creating a controlled internal environment that uses natural ventilation and solar heating to create a temperate space. The exposed curved lattice of the structural steel shell defines its large internal multiple volume and expresses the simple clean aesthetic of the building. On the south facade the sweep of the structure is clad with mechanically operated horizontal steel louvers that allow for natural cross ventilation. The facing opposite wall is partially enclosed in masonary panels that define the shape of the termination points of the structure. The roof area of the curve is clad in roof sheeting with Polycarbonate sheeted strips that allow for natural light within the space. The north facing slope of the roof accommodates the solar heating panels that provide heated water for the pools and showers. The entrance structure on the west of the pool has an upper level observation space which is constructed above the boys and girls changerooms. This structure is closed off on the east and west elevations by a series of twisted tensile fins. An important design consideration was the use of a complete surround maintenance tunnel housing all

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pipe work being fully accessible, lighting, reticulation infrastructure, ease of routine maintenance and allowing remedial works as and when required. The pools were structurally engineered and included for final finishes such as podiums and starter blocks, all precision cast and fully waterproofed prior to high specification tiling. This included non -fungal jointing and imported low porosity hand cut and painted tiles to specific Architectural detail. The Lap pool incorporates future timing provision and was designed to allow FINA standard half Olympic 25 m length and 26 degree water temperature, whilst the multi level LTS pool temperature was raised to allow for a more comfortable water use for younger users at 30 Degrees. These temperatures were further maintained through a “Green energy” philosophy of Solar Panels placed on the Northern slope of the building and also provided with sophisticated controls allowing “Air to water” heating in poor weather and winter conditions.

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The Commons

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The Commons pavilion is the social heart of the campus located on the edge of the landscaped circular courtyard. Its main function is to accommodate the daily dining facilities for both Middle School and High school children, its The Commons secondary function to be a venue for school community gatherings. The pavilion is the heart of the campus theroof edge of the in landscaped courtyard. The Commons building was designed associal an open space with floatinglocated curved on steel defined the groundcircular plane by internal Its main function is to accommodate the daily dining facilities for both Middle School and High school children, its pavilions designed to accommodate food preparation and canteen facilities. The dining areas are open covered secondary to be a venue forextended school community gatherings. spaces thatfunction link seamlessly with the shaded areas in the adjacent amphitheatre. The building designed open space with floating curved steel roof in the ground internal A stone clad was arcade createsas a an transverse connection across the campus anddefined trims the outer edge plane of the by dining facility. pavilions designed to accommodate food preparation and canteen facilities. The dining areas are open covered spaces that of linknatural seamlessly with the extended areas inand the geometrically adjacent amphitheatre. A language finishes using horizontal shaded stone cladding cut black slate offset the powder coated white steel and concrete structure. Vertical closure panels have been created in woven timber to make the A stone link cladbetween arcade creates a transverse the campus trimsit.the outer edge of the dining facility. textural the structure and theconnection leaf shapedacross steel roof structureand above A naturalsection, finishesthe using stone cladding and geometrically cut black slate offset the powder In language the MiddleofSchool roofhorizontal is made up of polycarbonate sheeting to allow for sunlight infiltration. High school coated white steel and concrete structure. Vertical closure panels have been created in woven timber to make the students make use of a food court type facility. textural link between the structure and the leaf shaped steel roof structure above it. The Commons is complimented by a series of steel canopy trees that provide shade and protection from the rain . In the Middle School section, the roof is made up of polycarbonate sheeting to allow for sunlight infiltration. High school students make use of a food court type facility. The Commons is complimented by a series of steel canopy trees that provide shade and protection from the rain .

Professional Team Architectural Implementation and Architect of record: Grosskopff Lombart Professional Team Huyberechts and Associates with Terra Ether Architects Architectural Implementation and Architect of record: ArchitecturalLombart Masterplanning: Flansburgh Architects Grosskopff Huyberechts and Associates with Structural Engineering: WSP Consulting Terra Ether Architects Aquatic consultant: MTG Consulting Electrical consultant: Consulting Architectural Masterplanning: Taemane Flansburgh Architects Project Manager : J M Henrey & Ass. Structural Engineering: WSP Consulting Quantity Surveyor : TMS Inc. Aquatic consultant: MTG Consulting Main Contractor: Baccai Consulting Electrical consultant: Taemane

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Kinetic innovation Definition Automation provides clients with state-of-the art, customised TV lift systems to enhance any environment. Definition Automation have been manufacturing projection screens and TV lift systems since 2000. Previously called Definition Projection Screens, we manufactured a full range of projection screens for the corporate market and for the professional home theatre market from 2000 - 2006. It became too challenging to compete with the Asian markets so we elected to import our own Definition branded products from Asia. During that period the owner, Stuart Tayler, became interested in TV automation and started manufacturing projector and TV lifts. Each mechanism was custom manufactured to the client’s specifications. Over the years we have optimised our systems and now offer a full range of standard off the shelf type TV lifts while still offering a custom design service. Some of our noted successes over the years include: • We were commissioned by Standard Bank of SA to design, manufacture and install 76 monitor lifts, five projector lifts and four custom-designed flapout fixed frame projection screens for their 9th floor boardrooms at their head office in Johannesburg. • We manufactured customised Ottoman bed base lifts for Delaire Graf Wine Estate. • We supplied over 50 monitor lifts through our Johannesburg dealers to the Bank of Lesotho and Department of Tourism. • We installed and commissioned monitor lifts for the President and Deputy President at parliamentary offices in Cape Town, in addition to two TV lifts in the parliamentary pressroom. • We custom designed double sided monitor lifts for MTN’s head office. • We were commissioned to design a fully automated lecturn with integrated document camera for the University of Cape Town lecture



rooms, of which the first 15 of some 150+ units are presently in production and will be installed in February 2014. • We were commissioned by the American Embassy in Cape Town to design and build a ceiling TV lift for a 70” Plasma TV which was installed in their reception area. • Our flapout TV ceiling lift has been customised and installed in a mock-up room, which is earmarked for installation into a 200 room Hotel in Asia. • Our client base is primarily from South Africa but some projects have extended to Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria, Seychelles, Mauritius and recently Asia. Since our inception, we have worked tirelessly to preserve our reputation as a reliable and service orientated company while paying special attention to detail, quality, innovation and aesthetically pleasing designs. Fulfilling our social responsibility, we have endeavoured to develop unskilled persons into skilled artisans, providing them with unique opportunities for hands-on training in a highly technical environment to enable future growth prospects in the industry. A proudly South African manufacturing company, our innovative designs are locally manufactured at our factory in Somerset West, Western Cape.

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Lighting the way‌ smartly Visiting Eagle Lighting Superstores offers you a world of lights under one roof with the latest designs and innovations from throughout the world. Eagle Lighting (Pty) Ltd, established in 1924, has been supplying lighting and lighting accessories all over South Africa and neighboring countries for 90 years. We have seven stores in the Western Cape, which includes a new modern showroom in George. The five Superstores boast over 1 000m2 of showrooms per store, all equipped with the full range of lighting products and accessories. As leaders in the industry, we have knowledgeable staff in each of our Superstores to assist you with your lighting requirements. Each of our shops have a LED lighting section, where our staff can demonstrate to you LED lighting compared to other previous forms of lighting like halogen. In order to assist with energy saving for our customers we have a complete range of downlighters, which can substitute the old halogen downlighters. LED downlighters have grown in popularity due to greatly improved light diffusion and overall light quality from the new generation lamps and luminaires. To cater to demand, we increased our range of LED luminaires in 2013 for domestic and commercial use. We also offer downlighters in a warm white for domestic use, as well as a neutral white for project installations. Furthermore we offer a large selection of LED recessed fittings and a range of LED desk lamps, exterior lights and LED wall lights. Eagle Lighting (Pty) Ltd is a leader in green environmentally friendly lighting products and offers a wide range of LED lamps and luminaries, as well as the latest technology in Compact Fluorescent energy saving lamps and the new T5 energy saving commercial lamps and luminaries. Added to our range is our new FH range of non corrosive bulkheads, which will accept 14 watt CFL long life lamps. Please feel free to contact any of our stores for assistance with these products.

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Meeting the needs of a changing SA Striving to make Winston Churchill’s words a reality, “We shape our buildings – thereafter they shape us”, Prism Architects renders quality service in architecture, urban design, space planning, project management and interior design. Prism Architects Pty Ltd was established in 1997 by Sam Manyathela, Schalk van der Merwe and Noel Puta, after realising the need to establish a practice which specifically addresses the needs of a new and changing South African Society. Prism Architects Pty Ltd boasts 45 qualified staff members consisting of architects, architectural technologists, interior designers and project managers (60% women and 65% youth) operating from Polokwane, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Showing a passion for the building industry that translates into results, the practice has been the recipient of various prestigious awards including five consecutive PMR number one positions for Architects Nationwide and several other SACOB awards. Prism Architects also proudly notes their contribution to South Africa in 2010 being the lead consultant and architect of record for the new 45 000-seater Peter Mokaba Stadium, as well as design and architect of record for the Polokwane International Airport – New Terminal. Understanding the need to be socially responsible and serve the community, Prism Architects had the



privilege of being a major contributor to the Limpopo Department of Health roll-out programme, which prioritised the infrastructure needs of approximately 100 clinics, malaria camps and various hospitals upgrades. On the educational front various Further Education and Training (FET Colleges) and university structures have become reality, all in line with our slogan “designing your future together”. As with all businesses, an architectural practice needs to encourage and remain a creative thinking environment taking into account time realities, cost and quality control while adhering to strict budgets. Prism Architects prides itself in being cognisant and reactive to these business realities in the building industry sector, and its drive to continue on this progressive journey of innovation and creativity without compromising quality standards.

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Eco-friendly roofing solutions With major success in the European market, Metrotile SA is stamping its mark on the South African market. Metrotile SA shows that the eco-friendly trend can also be achieved in roofing solutions – proving customers safe and aesthetically pleasing shelter while being environment conscious. Metrotile SA focuses on bringing a range of unique and eco-friendly roofing products to the South African market. Successful throughout Europe and in many African countries, Metrotile (Europe) has put their weight behind Metrotile SA to replicate their international success. The innovative European manufacturer provides affordable, lightweight stone-coated roof systems

Metrotile Lightpower PV roof tile system

in highly protective AZ185/Z300 corrosion-resistant steel, ideal also for coastal applications. This premium steel roofing system goes beyond the performance of traditional roofing materials, while convincingly maintaining the look of the traditional roof tile. This premium roof system is ideal for use on new projects and re-roofs, specifically for thatch and old

Woodshake Coffee coloured tile

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project focus “zink” roofs, creating an effective weather barrier, removing the high maintenance requirements and shielding the property from fire and hail. This can also save owners of thatched properties around 30% on their insurance premiums. Because they are far lighter than traditional roofing, they don’t require the same heavy (and expensive) roof structure and being recyclable they are in tune with current sustainability trends. Metrotile is conscious of the environment and with an average lifespan of more than 30 years this sustainable roofing system requires little maintenance and is 100% recyclable. The carbon footprint left is also smaller because they weigh on average only 6kg/sqm, and much less transport is needed than for traditional roofing of the same coverage. Further contributing to a green future, Metrotile leads the way in energy-saving roofing with its Metrotile Lightpower photovoltaic solar tile and proprietary ventilation systems. “Lightpower” generates 60Wp per tile and because it is integrated into the

roof tile, it is more secure than retrofitted solar panels and does not spoil the aesthetics of the roof. The energy efficient ventilation systems add to the heat reflective steel substrate for a cooler roof, in line with the regulatory move towards more energy efficient buildings in South Africa. The PV system is ideal for new roofs and re-roofing and integrates with a number of the popular Metrotile profiles e.g. Metrotile Woodshake/Thatch, Metrotile Bond and Metrotile Roman. In their quest for the constant improvement of the “Metrotile experience”, Metrotile SA is actively recruiting and training teams of competent installers to ensure that their roof installations match the quality and reputation of their premium product. And to underpin their commitment to proper installations, they are also offer a free maintenance plan for all new Metrotile roofs, installed by their approved contractors. These initiatives are some of the reasons why the name “Metrotile” is equal to “peace of mind” and fast becoming the preferred supplier of eco-friendly roofing systems in the world.



Contact Stephan Schoombie Tel: +27 82 4518711 Fax: +27 86 6483231 E-mail:

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lighting the way Whether for a private home, a commercial business or a wine farm, you can draw smart energy from the sun for less.

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Soventix SA (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Soventix GmbH in Germany is involved with the development and realisation of roof top and carport solar photovoltaic plants from residential to agricultural as well as large scale solar farms. Whether you finance the solar plant yourself or sign a power purchase agreement, Soventix will ensure you’re protected from the rising costs of energy for the next 30 to 40 years. Not only will you be saving on your energy bills, but you’ll also be contributing to a more sustainable environment. Renewable energy is the future and is more affordable than energy from non-renewable sources. becoming mo

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Energy efficiency laws Leading wooden window and door manufacturer, Swartland, offers an overview on the newly introduced National Building Regulations relating to energy efficiency. “South Africa is currently experiencing an energy crisis with an ever increasing demand on power sources. Energy usage, and energy efficiency in buildings in particular, is at the forefront of new government policies that have been implemented in response to this crisis,” explains Cobus Lourens, National Sales Manager for Swartland. By choosing products that boast a high energy efficiency rating, we can do a lot with regards to improving our nation’s green credentials – so says the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Standards Published for Energy Usage in Buildings: “If thermal ceiling insulation and high performance window systems were introduced today into all new residential and commercial buildings, an astounding 3 500 MW [megawatts] of electricity could be saved by 2020. This is almost twice the electricity currently produced by our only nuclear power plant in the country – Koeberg (1 800 MW).”

international best practices standard that is intended to be phased into mandatory standards within the next 10 years. Lourens explains: “The aspects covered in these standards include orientation, design of structural envelope, fenestration, shading, roof lights, air leakage, natural and artificial lights, hot water services and mechanical allowances. These laws are centred around ways of ensuring that any new builds are as energy efficient as possible.”

The new regulations explained

In November 2011, new building regulations were introduced in South Africa as part of the steps taken towards greater energy efficiency and energy usage in buildings. Sans 10400-XA relates to energy usage in buildings and it is mandatory by law, whilst SANS 204 relates to energy efficiency in buildings and is an

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advertorial How can windows improve your home’s energy efficiency?

By choosing energy efficient fenestration, you can save a huge amount of money on heating and cooling bills as between 20% and 30% of a building’s heat loss and gain can occur through doors and windows. Choosing quality products, such as Swartland’s wooden windows and doors for example, which are manufactured from wood – an environmentally friendly material that boasts highly efficient designs with regards to insulation – can improve the performance and efficiency of a product by up 20%. This equates to great savings regarding your electricity bills over the long term, as well as being an environmentally responsible choice and conforming to the current National Building Regulations.

How is energy efficiency measured?

The energy efficiency of a window is measured using the U-value, the R-value and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): • The U-value: This is the rate at which heat is transmitted through the arrangement of windows and doors in a building. It takes into account all the components that make up the window or door, such as the frame, the space between the two panes and the glass itself. Glass coatings and the type of gas used between the glass panes in double-glazed windows also forms part of the U-value calculation. Each glazing option has a different U-value and each one delivers a different level of thermal performance. Some options are more resistant to impact, while others offer better thermal and sound insulation. • The R-value: This relates to how well the window insulates the building and restricts heat transfer. The higher the R- value, the more effective the


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insulation offered by the window in question is in resisting heat flow. • The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): This indicates how well a product blocks heat from the sun. The lower the SHGC number, the better performance the window delivers. A low SHGC means that the window transmits less solar heat from outside to inside and vice versa.

What to look for in a window?

Lourens explains, “Swartland is at the forefront of performance improvements in South Africa with regards to composite gaskets, double-glazing, and the use of water-based coatings on products. Not only are its windows and doors designed to offer the best insulation qualities currently on the market, but they are also manufactured from a very green and renewable material – wood. This ensures that Swartland’s windows and doors are an outstandingly environmentally-friendly choice, as well as being some of the most energy efficient on the market. In fact, a recent SAFIERA (South African Fenestration and Insulation Energy Rating Association) test confirms this, stating that Swartland’s double-glazed windows are one of the most energy efficient tested windows currently on the market in South Africa.” Hans Hannekom, Director of Research and Development at Swartland adds: “Our test results were nothing short of spectacular – we achieved a U-Value of U-1.89, which is much lower than the default SANS 204 norm for timber at U-5.6. Swartland offers a wide selection of double-glazed windows with regards to design, type and glazing.” Thicker wood sections, all-round composite gaskets and two panes of glass with a space sandwiched in-between, ensures increased thermal insulation and soundproofing, while imported German-engineered locking systems provide enhanced security. All of which makes double-glazing the unrivalled choice

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for those who want the best in aesthetic appeal, construction and environmental performance. Another great energy efficient option is Swarland’s new and innovative Ready-2-Fit range of wooden windows and doors. Lourens says: “Swartland’s Ready-2-Fit range of wooden windows and doors are professionally pre-sealed and pre-glazed before they leave the Swartland factory, so that when they arrive on the building site, they are ready to be installed with no further labour required to seal or glaze them. This not only saves the builder and homeowner time and money on installation costs, but it also ensures that the windows and doors are adequately protected against exposure to the elements.” Even more importantly however, adds Lourens, it

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ensures that these products are all fully compliant with all the National Building Regulations, as well as the Consumer Protection Act – which is a great benefit to the architect, builder and homeowner: “In order to ensure that its windows and doors are compliant with the SANS 613 and 204 (fenestration products) Mechanical Performance Criteria, the Ready-2-Fit range of windows are tested for deflection, structural strength, water-resistance, air-tightness, operating forces, and the best possible energy efficiency. As a result, all Swartland’s Ready-2-Fit windows have unique mechanical property values, from A1 to A4, assigned to them.” For the best in aesthetic appeal, construction and environmental performance, Swartland is the choice.


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Start saving water and money today SA loses almost 50% of tap water worth a whopping R7 billion a year, according to a recent report commissioned by the Water Research Commission (WRC). However, a uniquely South African solution may yet save the day. The exorbitant cost of water and sewerage monthly bills is a burden many schools can ill-afford. In light of this challenge and the large amount of water loss occurring at schools in the Bay area in the Eastern Cape, Port Alfred based AquaTrip was asked demonstrate their high tech low-cost system. AquaTrip did a pilot project of their Water Saving System at Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary school in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. The results were astounding. The school saved a significant 85% on their usual monthly water and sewerage bill. It is therefore unsurprising that schools in the Eastern Cape are so excited about this system. “Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary was the ideal location for the project, as in the last 19 months the school (Department of Education) had paid a staggering R2.87million in Water & Sewerage accounts,” says AquaTrip SA Sales Director, Chris De Wet Steyn, The school has 1 350 learners and is in excess of 30 staff in a 27-year-old building. “They were losing a lot of water and the ablution facilities are

prone to leaks, negligence and vandalism,” adds De Wet Steyn. In the month-long trial the water bill was slashed from R16 500 to a mere R3 138. Add the R11 232 that the system saved on sewerage fees for the month and it totals R29 848 – or almost R360 000 per year. The installation paid for itself within the first month. But AquaTrip does not just focus on saving costs and water. As a socially responsible company, it believes in offering talented, young South Africans work opportunities. The company only uses local plumbing graduates aka “Water Warriors” from the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges to install their systems under the guidance of an onsite company representative. Further information on the pilot project can be obtained from Gerald Smith of GIBB Consulting on 083 433 9940 or Shannon Barkes at Nelson Mandela Bay Metro on 082 459 7499/041 506-2443. For technical specifications on the product, contact Chris De Wet Steyn at

Installation at Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary school

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NJR Steel: a market leader in steel distribution NJR Steel, suppliers of first class steel products since 1980, continues to grow from strength to strength in an effort to enhance its product range offerings to meet increasing customer demands.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, NJR Steel has grown to become one of the top distributors of steel and steel products in South Africa. The group operates six manufacturing businesses and distributes products and services through 17 trading branches. These are geographically spread over five provinces and each stock a broad range of steel and steelrelated hardware products. To remain competitive and to cater to demand, the group also supplies products into Africa through NJR Steel-Exports. Committed to catering to all customers’ needs and requirements, NJR Steel employs over 900 staff members, and boasts a fleet of 140 delivery vehicles that ensure timely delivery of products to customers throughout South Africa. The procurement and distribution of all steel products is managed by NJR Steel-Central Buying, which operates from a 20 000m2 warehouse in Labore Brakpan, Gauteng. To remain cutting-edge and innovative, the group recently installed a state-of-the-art mesh manufacturing plant, NJR Steel-Mesh, also situated in Labore, Brakpan, which produces sheets and rolls of reinforcing mesh, as well as customised sheets on request. Hard drawn wire in various diameters, cut to size, has also been added to its product offering. In addtion to its traditional offering of long and flat products, NJR Steel also produces a wide range of value-added products such as in-house de-coiling, slitting and a high-tech CNC cut and drill beam line. The group has also invested in new roofing lines which allow it to roll various thicknesses of galvanised and chromadek colour products to size.


Recent acquisitions such as NJR Steel-Wantsteel have enabled NJR Steel to manufacture palisade fencing solutions in many different profiles. In addition to this the group now supplies De-fence, the “new alternative” in high-security perimeter fencing solutions. NJR Steel-Reinforcing, situated in Kya Sands, is another exciting addition to the group’s manufacturing businesses. An investment in high-tech state-of-the-art equipment has afforded the group the opportunity to penetrate the reinforcing cut-and-bend market with confidence. Another investment is the paint factory, NJR SteelPaint, which is situated in Marlboro, Sandton. NJR SteelPaint manufactures the Felpon brand of light industrial paints, the NJR Steel house-branded QD Enamels and Primers, and the Meridian brand of decorative paints. NJR Steel’s geographical footprint and extensive product offering, continues to give it a strategic advantage over its competitors, and enables it to provide products and value-added solutions to its markets. Through its network of branches it is able to interact directly with its customers, and to provide them with access to all its in-house services and products.

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Building our country one stone at a time The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (ASPASA) is a voluntary producers association that helps to improve the quality of aggregates produced by its member companies for construction projects around the country. The role that ASPASA plays is critical considering that almost every structure made by man relies on aggregates for strength and stability. In fact, construction aggregates are the primary ingredients of all concrete structures and foundations (80% of concrete is aggregate), as well as being the single most important ingredient used to build our roads (94% of a road is aggregate). Aggregates and sands used in construction projects are naturally occurring minerals that are mined by a specialised sector of the mining industry in South Africa mainly from quarries, which is regulated by government.

Responsible association

As a private sector association representing producers in the industry, we uphold these aims. In addition we strive to create an economically viable industry with good interaction between all parties involved, from the industry, as well as the relevant government departments and other stake holders. Our focus remains largely on creating an environment that is fair and equitable, gives our members space to manoeuvre and to make a good living. We expect members to comply with all relevant legislation, as well uphold the strictest standards in quality, health, safety and environmental issues. Annual audits are in place to assist members to achieve set requirements and also to ensure that they comply with the relevant legislation. In addition to this ASPASA supports the adoption of a

proactive strategy to foster change and to encourage black economic empowerment and transformation in a sustainable as well as economically sensible manner particularly with regard to: • Human resources development; • Employment equity; • Encouraging greater community participation and development; • Promoting greater procurement from Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) companies; • Encouraging greater HDSA ownership; and • Participation and facilitating beneficiation.

ASPASA Nico Pienaar Tel: 011 791 3327 Fax: 086 647 8034 E-mail: Website:

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KMH set to help Saint Helena Airport take-off Basil Read won the Saint Helena Airport contract and appointed KMH Architects as design architects. KMH has in turn come up with a design plan guaranteed not only to wow visitors, but to also blend harmoniously with St. Helena’s natural beauty.

The new Saint Helena Airport is due to commence operation in 2016 in the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, an island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is hoped that the new airport will bring economic growth to the isolated island which is expected to lead to financial self sustainability in the long term. The remoteness of the Island, its size, geology, geography, endemic biodiversity, ethnic diversity and history have all prompted innovation in the



design of the new built structures. The design of the terminal buildings and their setting in the landscape attempts to capture and convey the unique spirit of the island in built form. The project includes a 1 950m-long concrete runway plus aprons for two aircraft, taxiways and a bulk fuel installation. The terminal building covers an area of 2 500m2. The combined building, ATC tower and fire department covers an area of 1 250m2.

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project focus The Island’s remoteness and infrastructure capacity to supply a once-off construction project of this size meant that a new supply chain had to be developed from the African mainland. This has included the chartering of a specialist vessel and the construction of berthing and uploading facilities. Temporary works necessary to enable construction include refurbishment of a landing craft type vessel (78m long and a beam of 16m) with derrick crane and fuel tanks, a temporary jetty and moorings, a temporary fuel farm, a temporary water storage facility for eight million litres, construction of a 14km haul road and an accommodation camp for over 100 personnel, workshops, stores, offices and laydown areas.

The design concept of the terminal building and combined building was informed by a number of factors which create a spirit unique to St. Helena Island. These include the following: • The rich heritage of historical building styles which are mainly from the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods. The terminal buildings allude to proportions, design principles and materials used in these historical buildings.


• Extensive military fortifications. The terminal buildings include stone ramparts, cannons, thick battered walls and gun embrasures. • The ready availability of local natural building materials. The main building material available on the island is stone. Existing red, blue, grey and black oxides present on the site will be used to pigment concrete, plaster, cast-in-situ terrazzo floors and traditional lime-based paints wherever possible. The use of natural materials from the island will anchor the terminal buildings within their context. Four principal themes are included in the design concept: • ’Window through time’ • ‘Fortified Island’ • ‘Volcanic Island’ • ‘Garden Paradise’ The design of the buildings has attempted to capture and convey the spirit of the above ideas in built form. The terminal building is divided into three zones: airside, landside and a central services zone. The materials, colours and artworks of the airside and landside will be treated with subtle differences in order to capture these contrasting ideas in the airside and landscape zones. The central services zone consists of whites and neutral colours in contrast to the colours used in the landside and airside areas. Floor tiles in bathrooms are black and white clay tiles and allude to Victorian simplicity. The design of the terminal building utilises fixed walls for toilet cores and moveable drywall and glass partitions for other areas in order to maximise flexibility and allow for future expansion by the airport operators. The approach to the terminal building mimic Georgian formality as the approach road is aligned with the centre of the building. Parking is arranged around this central axis. Views are contained to either side by the gatehouse and proposed future car rental kiosk. The main entrance to the terminal building is on this axis with enclosed garden courtyards consisting of lichens and endangered plants on either side of the main entrance. Existing rocks with coloured lichens will be harvested prior to building commencement to be used within the proposed garden courtyards. Views from the landside are into these gardens rather than into the parking area to the west. Views from the airside are towards the runway, mountain features, horizon and sea beyond. Principal views from the terminal buildings are towards The Barn to the north, King and Queen Rock to the east, Great Stone Top and Dry Gut to the south, and Diana’s Peak and Mt. Actaeon to the west. A raised 1st Floor Viewing Deck will allow Saints to view planes landing to the north and taking off from the south. The idea of stone fortifications will be reinforced through the use of stone walls consisting of black basalt rock obtained from Horsepoint Quarry adjacent to Prosperous Bay Plain. The stone will be used to clad the buildings and enclose the garden courtyards. The garden walls will have ’gun embrasures’ through the


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project focus walls and cannons will be placed to either side of the main entrance of the terminal building together with flagpoles flying the flag of St. Helena. Design features and materials used on the entrance façade of the terminal building are repeated on the north façade of the combined building and help to create a unified complex of buildings defining a distinct public outdoor space within the larger landscape of Prosperous Bay Plain. A large off-shutter concrete canopy hovers over the entire length of the terminal building entrance facade. This creates an interstitial space before entering the terminal and shades the glass to the west facade. Shading devices have been designed to minimise direct solar ingress into the terminal buildings within this harsh, semi-desert landscape. Roofs predominantly consist of natural aluminium mill finished roof sheeting supported on steel girder trusses. The monopitch roof over the landside area of the terminal building is contained by a simple parapet wall whereas the roof over the airside area consists of an unbounded free-flowing waveform. A smaller corten steel canopy hovers over the 1st Floor Viewing Deck on the airside providing shade to viewers. Sustainable green building practices have been incorporated into both buildings. These



include rainwater and grey-water harvesting in tanks submersed below the garden courtyards, photo-voltaic and solar panels mounted on the roofs for electricity generation and water heating, passive energy principles including solar shading via roof overhangs and opening window sections, as well as maximum daylight penetration via skylights. The combined building and ATC Tower creates a unique symbolic opportunity as the highest building on the island being five storeys. The Tower is circular and crowned by a ‘ring of fire’. These elements invoke the idea of a ‘lighthouse as a beacon in the dark guiding ships home’. The top of the tower is clad in aluminium sheeting and the inverted cone alludes to the shape of the arum lily, the national flower of St. Helena. The crenellations above the windows halfway up the Tower speak of crenellated fortifications reinforcing the concept of the ‘fortified island’. All these design concepts encapsulate the vision of St. Helena Airport – an airport that is not only functional, but is a true reflection of the island itself. With such a thought-out architectural design plan, St. Helena Airport is well on its way to becoming a soaring success.

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Getting concrete right Project managers have an important role to play to ensure readymix concrete is correctly received and handled on site. Beyond the engineering specifications and technical aspects involved in manufacturing concrete, it is vital to ensure that concrete received is workable and suitable for the role intended. Far from being the responsibility of the structural engineer or the readymix concrete supplier alone, proper specification of concrete is a team effort that requires input from all parties involved in the construction project. Through careful attention to detail at the early planning stages many on-site problems can be identified and avoided. According to Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA) General Manager, Johan van Wyk, “Although structural engineers might be very clear on the attributes of the concrete they require on site, they may not necessarily be aware of the type of plant equipment available to pump or place the concrete on site. Likewise, a readymix supplier needs to know whether the 30mpa concrete that has been ordered is for a floor or a column or something else, as each has different design mixes. “For example, an engineer specifies 30mpa concrete and makes allowance for durability requirements and other technical aspects. The contractor on the other hand must be asked what the workability requirements are, the type of formwork being used, machines to be used for compacting and available labour, among others. Then the readymix supplier needs to be briefed and given time to test mixes (at least 21 days) in order to be completely sure that all requirements can be met.” To avoid problems parties should agree and specify all acceptance criteria from time-frames, to delivery, workability, testing requirements and procedures to be followed in case of failure of any given batch of concrete tested. “With the right planning in place, jobs are made easier. Once construction begins, responsibility should rest with the project team to ensure materials are delivered as specified,” concludes van Wyk. Contact SARMA with any concrete and readymix related queries or information on SARMA accredited readymix suppliers anywhere in southern Africa.

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Thermal Insulation The new National Building Regulations for Energy Usage in buildings were published in November 2011. The new standard, SANS 10400-XA, has created a huge challenge to the professionals who are responsible for the implementation of the new rules. When the requirements of SANS 204 are properly applied, energy efficiency can be obtained in one of the following manners: • insulating or shading the building fabric • controlling heat flow through the building envelope and glazing • reducing air leakage through building fabric • creating internal air movement for cooling • improving efficiency of heating, cooling and hot water systems. SANS 10400-XA includes the application of the National Building Regulations Part X: Environmental sustainability and Part XA: Energy usage in buildings. Much work has already been done around individual energy-saving devices such as energy-efficient light bulbs and solar water heaters. SANS 10400-XA incorporates these existing standards into a holistic overview of the entire construction process, which then serves as a reference to help architects, building construction companies, insulation manufacturers and other stakeholders to ensure that their buildings comply with energy efficiency requirements.

Building envelope requirements

Orientation The building should be compact in plan, with the rooms that are used most and the major areas of glazing placed on the northern side of the building to allow solar heat to penetrate the glazing during the winter months. Floors Where an underfloor heating system is installed, the heating system shall be insulated underneath the slab with insulation that has a minimum R-value of not less than 1,0. External Walls Non-masonry walls shall achieve a minimum total R-value of a) Climatic zones 1 and 6: 2,2 b) Climatic zones 2,3,4 and 5: 1,9 Fenestration Buildings with a fenestration area to net floor area per storey that exceeds 15% shall comply with the requirements for fenestration in accordance with SANS 204. Roof assemblies Roof assembly shall achieve the minimum total R-value specified in the table below for the different climatic zones of South Africa.

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Above: Continuous Concrete Mobile Production Plant producing 50m3 per hour. Centre: 120,000 m3 of concrete on a wind farm on the Red Sea in Egypt with not one rejected load. Right: Stationary Reimer on skids.

Mix with the best Flexible, accurate, profitable volumetric mixing Reimer Alliance International has been at the forefront of mobile mixing technology for over 40 years. World-renowned for their grassroots product development programmes, Reimer Alliance leads the way in state-of-the-art hydraulics and mobile mixing innovation. With several base mixer models to choose from and capacity to produce up to 9.2 cubic metres in a single load with variable production rates up to 60 cubic metres per hour. One Reimer can do the work of several drum mixers and a static batch plant. With Reimer you can: • Control production and mixing on-site; • Shorten set-up time; • Reduce manpower; • Eliminate hot/stale loads. • YOU NEVER HAVE TO CLEAN A DRUM • YOU CAN LOAD THE DAY BEFORE • UNUSED AGGREGATE IN BINS CAN BE RE-USED, NO WASTE! Cost control associated with Reimer means potential additional revenue opportunities for a business. Wind farm developers, pool building contractors, home builders and even commercial and residential decorative concrete contractors can all benefit from adding a volumetric mixer to their equipment list.

How it works

Sand, stone and cement are loaded into speciallymanufactured bins. The polyethylene tank is filled with water for mixing and clean-up. Once ready to pour, the operator simply adjusts the dual aggregate flow gates to ensure the correct amount of sand and stone are delivered to the mix. A proprietary cross-member delivery chain with a bolt-on rubber conveyor belt delivers the precise amount of aggregate to a high-speed auger.

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Cement is accurately dispensed and as the cement and other materials enter the mixing auger, water is introduced to provide the required slump. The auger, manufactured with hardened wear plates, completes the mixing action. The full-function wireless remote control gives a single operator the freedom to stand in a convenient location and make adjustments to the conveyor belt, auger and discharge rate with ease.

Application advantages

Reimer Mixers are calibrated to deliver highly accurate mixes to any engineered specification and comply with the standards set forth by the Volumetric Mixers Manufacturers Bureau and ASTM C685 and C685M-00. Reimer’s customers continually find new ways to use their mixers and some have even dubbed them ‘material mixers’ because they’re used in so many applications that go beyond concrete production.

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LED Man leads the LED way With a focus on high quality LED products at the right price, LED Man (Pty) Ltd is an attractive option for commercial, industrial and residential purposes. LED Man (Pty) Ltd specialises in the supply of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting products for commercial, industrial and residential purpose. LEDs use only a fraction of power used by normal CFLs. This ensures that users can save up to 95% on lighting power consumption, which is critical for businesses and individuals when taking into consideration the tariff increases for electricity. All LED Man products are installed with high quality diodes and are subject to stringent quality testing process, and passed by qualified engineers prior to distribution. Our company offers a wide range of products including water-proofed products and submersible LEDs, which guarantees all clients’ needs are met to specification.

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Schools Hotels and resorts Marine Low cost housing projects Landscaping Street lighting

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LED floodlights; High bay lights; Complete downlights with fitting or retrofits; Replacement of fluorescent tubes with led tubes; and • Totally free lighting via renewable energy. We are committed to providing our customers with quality products, and maintaining and expanding our current customer base. We are also committed to remaining competitive in the industry and will beat any written quote (terms and conditions apply).


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Paying it forward ATP is focused on changing the quality & workmanship of the waterproofing industry and creating employment opportunities within the building sector. Africa Transformation Projects (Pty) Ltd (ATP) is a newly established business undertaking a range of sustainable projects in the built environment sector. Along with these projects, it seeks to create social entrepreneurial empowerment programmes that will provide gainful employment to many of the unemployed youth of South Africa. Through its distribution of Kemper Systems’ range of Liquid Waterproofing and Surfacing Products and Lehutso’ Paving – “Paving with Hope” Africa Transformation Projects, opportunities for selfemployment as well as enhancing the skills level of existing contractors has been created.

Kemper Systems: liquid waterproofing and surfacing The Kemper System is a world class leader in waterproofing solutions. Kemper Systems liquid resin-based system Kemperol is a dependable solution that protects and waterproofs structures under the toughest, most demanding conditions. Liquid, wet-on-wet waterproofing systems are the

state-of-the-art solution for a variety of substrates and difficult problematic projects. The advantages include: • Seamless; • Full bond with substrate, no lifting due to wind suction; • Permanently resilient from -30 to +90 C; • Root and rot resistant, ideal for green roofs; • Applied as cold liquid, no naked flames; • Bridges cracks up to 2mm wide; • Solvent free, odourless system (2K-PUR); • Certified 25 year life expectancy; • Resistant to UV radiation and embrittlement; and • Vapour-permeable. The business model seeks to grow a wide range of customers for the Kemper System product locally and ultimately develop a range of licensed Kemper System applicators who will receive technical training in respect of the Kemper System range of products.

Lehutso’ Paving – “Paving with Hope”

Lehutso’ Paving is a business programme established by Africa Transformation Projects (Pty) Ltd to provide unemployed youth the opportunity to gain meaningful employment and to start their own paving business. As the Sotho name suggests, it seeks to provide hope to many of the unemployed by allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively setup a paving business. ATP will undertake projects and provide opportunities to contractors of waterproof applicators and pavers by providing the following range of services: • Technical consulting and supervision up to project completion by experienced technicians; • Damage evaluation and repair proposals; • Technical training; • Distribution throughout Africa; • Business and skills development; and • Marketing support.

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Communication is key A spectacular design that improves workplace communication proves that offices can work hard and look good too. When Inhouse Brand Architects was approached to create the new Cape Town offices of top local advertising agency 99c, its interior design team used the opportunity to produce an extraordinary – yet more efficient – work environment that sounds the death knell of the conventional office. Inhouse approached the design process with several key goals, the first being to enhance the already spectacular site. The 3 000 square metre premises occupy the top three levels of the Atlantic


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Centre, a new office development on Cape Town’s eastern foreshore. There is a magnificent doublevolume interior partly broken by a mezzanine level, and one floor below. Fantastic views wrap around the building, taking in the harbour and Devil’s Peak. Being as yet unoccupied, it was an empty shell to start with. Inhouse’s second goal was to create a fully functioning environment to suit the client’s daily business needs; and the third, was to reflect the creative nature of the agency and its employees.

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project focus Before starting any design work, an extensive study into the company’s daily activities was undertaken. The Inhouse team, steered by Inhouse Creative Director Aidan Hart and team leader and senior designer Moiisha Visagie, looked at the employees’ possible needs from the perspective of Activity-Based Work principles and was then able to provide 99c with an understanding of what the most effective spaceplanning layout would be. Inhouse allowed for all types of interaction and both “high-focus” and “high-communication” zones. Highfocus zones were defined as individual desks where interaction with others would be minimised. Highcommunication zones were defined as spaces that would encourage and allow for teamwork, interaction and collaboration. In a more traditional office environment, a meeting room or cafeteria would constitute a highcommunication zone. Here, however, the need to meet less formally is catered for by various, so-called

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“campsites”, which are collaborative, shared spaces. According to Hart, “The latest office design thinking contends that collaboration happens at the watercooler and does not necessarily need to tie up an office space or a meeting room that has been earmarked for client use, and often stands empty for most of the day.” Hence, making optimal use of the available area and encouraging collaboration and connectivity, were crucial to Inhouse’s scheme. Particularly, because the office is split over three separate levels… According to Hart, stimulating connectivity is paramount because one of the problems with corporate office space is level-by-level stagnation where departments are divided into operational silos that foster an “us and them” mentality. “We feel as a design company that part of our strength lies in enhancing cross-floor communications and hopefully improving inter-personal connectivity. In this instance, the client was progressive, and wanted to


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project focus use the opportunity presented to improve the work environment,” says Hart. According to 99c Managing Director Andrew Brand, it was “important that our new office space not only expresses our creativity but also encourages and enhances it. As an agency, 99c creates the positive change that our clients require to achieve brand success, and we also embrace this ethos ourselves in our daily lives and work environment.” To achieve greater connectivity for the 99c team, Inhouse cut a hole in the existing concrete slab between the eighth and ninth floors (where the mezzanine level is located) and inserted a new stairwell. The boardroom was intentionally placed on the eighth floor, away from the ninth floor reception and lounge areas, in order to force movement between the floors. The existing staircase between the ninth floor and the mezzanine level was also removed and a new stadium structure was installed. The structure houses cleverly hide the kitchen that services the café and bar area below. The stadium steps double as a staircase leading to and from the mezzanine as well as unassigned seating, providing an arena that is a gathering spot for the entire company. A large motorised projection screen, that is discretely hidden when not in use, turns the arena into a big-screen cinema to review work, or watch advertisements and films. A series of semi-private pods and high-energy meeting spaces was created throughout the space to allow employees to interact freely without tying up “valuable” or already booked “real estate” like boardrooms. These areas reveal a select palette


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project focus that incorporates the corporate colours. Burnt orange, blue, black and lime yellow are used to brighten detailing and feature walls. Colourful elements include oversized dome pendants that illuminate the generous space. Taking advantage of this double-volume span, Inhouse installed six large trees around which café tables were structurally laid out. This indoor, landscaped garden was positioned on decking and raised slightly to demarcate a communal, informal zone. In addition to the trees, numerous living walls were placed throughout the space to link it to the natural environment. The green factor enhances the interior for the user and softens the office environment. Honest and sustainable materials such as pine and plywood were used extensively throughout. Texturedlooking Oriented Strand Board (OSB), which has a patterned yet smooth finish, was used extensively for tactile impact and warmth. Moreover, it achieves a stylish effect for a modest cost. In keeping with the theme of sustainability and respect for the natural environment that runs throughout – and also as a nod to the creative nature of the agency’s skills – a recycled shipping container has been innovatively converted into an up-tothe-minute waiting room. It’s “out the box” thinking ironically demonstrated in a box. The container also echoes 99c’s purpose – it exists to produce creative solutions that are shipped around the globe, just as the container, in its original form, is a quintessential method of moving goods around the planet. With the office’s panoramic views of container ships in the harbour, the waiting room serves a subtle reminder to 99c employees of the importance of client service and delivery. In turn, what Inhouse has delivered is a world-class office solution, one that embraces elements of Activity-Based Work thought-systems and tailors these into a standout, contemporary environment for its client. This is not the first time that Inhouse has been asked to lend its interior design talents to a fellow creative agency. The company is known for breakthrough work for Ogilvy Cape Town, and has also completed Black River Park FC and Metropolitan Republic Johannesburg, on the advertising front. Additionally, Inhouse has completed a string of singular, awardwinning projects for restaurants such as The Test Kitchen and Carne SA and corporate offices for Union Swiss, and several others. In 2013 alone, Inhouse received eight local and international awards and accolades, including a Silver Cannes Lion, placing it at the forefront of the interior design industry in South Africa.

For more information: Website: Twitter: @InhouseBrandA Facebook: InhouseBrandArchitects

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External venetian blinds How can WAREMA sun shading contribute to Green Star ratings?

An ideal combination for South Africa’s intense radiation is double glazing (highly effective in preventing winter heat loss) together with external shading to lower the heat gain. Buildings created with these measures enjoy a comfortable and stable temperature all year round. A product like WAREMA external venetian blinds provides complete control over solar gain. The blades are incrementally adjustable and are coupled with a WAREMA control system that tracks the path of the sun to optimise the interior condition. When the sun sensor measures that exterior conditions are dull, the blinds are retracted to maximise daylight penetration.

A good amount of natural daylight and intelligent control of solar radiation are the hallmarks of the new generation of “green” buildings, which increasingly form part of building codes and objectives of organisations. A large portion of the sun’s rays penetrate through glass and is absorbed into the room. This direct radiation effect can cause discomfort for occupants, thus requiring air conditioning to cool down the building. Even on cold days, the sun’s effect (in the form of glare) can become quite uncomfortable. External sun shading entirely overcomes these issues by means of deflecting a substantial portion of solar radiation and controlling flow of daylight. As a cost saving measure clear glazing can be used since it is no longer the glass, but the external sun shading system that is controlling the flow the solar radiation. It is common for external blinds to lower room temperatures by around 10°C. This means great savings on cooling costs. In addition, depending on location, this may remove the need for cooling altogether.


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Dynamic electrical solutions ACDC Dynamics products are specified in many projects ranging from stadiums to mines, hotels to homes, from farms to breweries and residential shelters. ACDC Dynamics was founded in 1984 and is a market leader in the manufacture, import and distribution of quality products in the electrical, lighting, solar power, pumps, alarm, security and surveillance systems and tools industries. Our product ranges include premium international brands in low voltage switchgear, power tools, enclosures and accessories. We employ over 420 people countrywide, and strive to deliver service excellence and insist on employing the right people in the right places. To support our ever-growing organisation we opened an apprentice school with 22 apprentices including 6 ladies to complete a two year programme. The two year apprenticeships started in January 2012 training electricians, electronic technicians and amateur winders in the electrical trade

• TechnoAlarm (Italy) • Gave (Spain) • SolarLand (China) • SolarEdge (Israel) Our manufacturing operation offers a wide range of solutions from the production of transformers, power supplies, electronic timers, motor starters to power factor correction systems.

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To address the heightened demand of renewable energy and energy savings, we have developed a group of specialist to focus purely on the activities of green solutions. Our green team offers simple but effective energy choices, assisting all types of business from industry, commercial to government in reducing

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Although our primary markets are specifiers, consulting engineers and architects, we distribute a wide range of products to OEM’s, panel builders and through electrical wholesalers countrywide, which places ACDC Dynamics products within easy reach for anyone in Sub-Saharan Africa. ACDC Dynamics continues to develop its distribution footprint of franchises countrywide and into Africa. We have made great in-roads to the Mass Retail Sector by being listed with many of the major players in this sector, with future plans in place to grow the division and expand our offerings to new markets.

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We offer a wide variety of products including alarms, alarm systems, hygiene, industrial and domestic automation, telemetry systems, pumps, switchgear and instrumentation, energy management and power factor correction solutions, solar and wind generators, tools, wire, adhesives and consumables, cable and wire management products, as well as a comprehensive range of lighting, making use of new innovative technologies in energy saving solutions using CFL, Inductive and LED technologies. Our ranges of leading brands we represent include: • Rhomberg (South African) • Gewiss (Italy) • C&S TC (India) • Fulleon (UK) • Datalogic (Italy) • Terasaki (Japan) • Weicon (Germany) • BM (Italy) • Crown (Japan)


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One of the company’s many strengths is its extensive catalogue which is widely recognised as a benchmark in the electrical industry. Truly world class, you will find all the specifications, product ranges and technical details you require to make the most appropriate product selections. It’s produced and updated once a year to provide you with the most up to date product detail. The updated catalogue will be available in mid-2014, with many new products being added to the mix.

Our location Our head office is located in Edenvale and we have branches in Germiston, Cape Town and Durban. Head Office LongMeadow Office Park West 6 Nguni Drive Edenvale

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LED lighting Witnessing the LED revolution. Electric lighting makes up to 25% of the average home and business energy budget. The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs anywhere between five to ten times the original purchase price of the lamp itself. Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps have revolutionised energy-efficient lighting. LEDs are small, efficient, solid state lamps. LED technology is advancing rapidly with many new lamp styles available. All of these LEDs are available with standard bases which fit common household light fixtures. LEDs provide more value since the life span of bulb is longer than the normal CFLs. One of the problems associated with early LED lamps was glare, which has been overcome by intelligent lens design. The KL range of lamps available from ACDC Dynamics and all their distribution points uses a specially designed lens that eliminates glare and provides very even light distribution. The innovative design of the lenses also makes it possible to project light all around the lamp, providing the same effect as old incandescent lamps. For example a chandelier can now be retrofitted with LED candle lamps that will provide the required lighting effect without spoiling the aesthetic appeal of the installation.

Some handy tips to consider when choosing a bulb: • Estimate the desired brightness (lumens) • Choose between warm and cool light • Choose the required lamp type • Choose between standard and dimmable bulbs ACDC prides itself in being able to provide the most extensive range of LED lighting solutions, which are all available to you now. We have just extended our range to include a first in South Africa range of imitation filament LED lamps and our new Lighting Catalogue is now available. Please contact Sara Ross on 010 202 3300 or email for more information and pricing. Please use reference no: SAB LED.


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Introducing the only patented concrete reinforced column and ring beam timber frame building system in the world. Imagine being able to design with almost complete freedom yet have the benefits of a truly modular building system available to give substance to your ideas. Remotac Modular is such a system.

Remotac Modular’s applications are ranging from affordable to upmarket, residential or commercial. The various modules make use of the same patented functions or properties. The only variance is the choice of building material options that correspond to the market use.

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Modules are factory manufactured to above industry standards. Seamless combining of floor, walls and ceiling modules. Wide variety of modules allows for creative design expression. Less time on site, less supervision, lower overall project cost. Can be assembled in the rain. Trained installers can assemble nation wide. Multi-storey building system, up to 6 storeys.

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Don’t use another Brick in the wall Brick and mortar have long dominated the building industry, however the REMOTAC MODULAR system offers an alternative that reduces building time and cost. Words by Basil Paizee In South Africa, brick and mortar are still regarded as the main materials for building homes. The debate is whether this should continue to be the dominating culture when one factors in changing times, labour costs and the efficient use of materials. With over 20 years experience in the timber industry, I can comfortably say that I believe that there are better building methods, which save time, money and have shown to be more eco-friendly. These also produce a cosier, modern, thermo-efficient and low-energy hungry home. The discovery started in 1996 when I introduced a plywood substitute known as Oriented Strand Board (OSB). While promoting this foreign product around South Africa I became aware of the culture regarding timber frames and their uses compared to other countries. It seems to be the norm to use timber as the regular building material in Western countries. This differs from the culture in South Africa which widely uses timber trusses to build roofs. If one is comfortable using timber on the roof, why not use timber in the walls as well? There is also a lack of qualified carpenters, therefore simply offloading timber boards to build on site does seem a dreadful solution to many builders. This aided the creation of REMOTAC MODULAR, which is a registered and patented building system. It has a reinforced concrete column and ring beam reinforcement into the core of the timber frame, which provides reassurance for those still weary of using other techniques than the conventional brick and mortar ones.

a model structure we made to show the versatility of Remotac. amongst the finishes is stone cladding/ brick veneer or log TNG and log profile.

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The main idea of the 2 440mm x 1 220mm modular timber frame building system is to find an easy solution to erect timber structures which is quicker, cheaper and more eco-friendly. When one looks at the shortage and at the cry for more affordable, sustainable and eco-friendly housing ideas for South Africa you cannot ignore the benefits of systems like REMOTAC MODULAR. It’s a cheaper and faster system to erect and does not call for qualified carpenters.

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VOLUME 2 | 2014

advertisers’ index ACDC Dynamics Franchising .... 206, 207, 208, 209 Africa Transformation Projects .................. 192, 193 African Thermal Insulation ................. 185, 186, 187 Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa ........................ 178, 179 AkzoNobel Powder Coatings ............. 96, 97, 98, 99 Alu Glass Bautech ................................... 35, 36, 37 Aquatrip .................................................... 174, 175 Aramex South Africa .......................................... 203 Arcelor Mittal ..................................... 76, 77, 78, 79 Aveng Grinaker-LTA ........................... 40, 41, 42, 43 Azero Avenue ........................................................ 7 BASF Holdings South Africa .......................... 95, 118 Blue Pearl Interiors & Procurement ............. 158, 159 Blue Scope Steel ............................... 215, 216, 217 Bomax Architects .............................................. 119 Boomgate Systems .................................... 55, 202 C & M Landscaping Supplies .................... 128, 129 Calore Fireplaces ...................... 150, 151, 152, 153 Ceramic Wholesalers .................................... 66, 67 Chair Express ..................................................... 102 Cobra Watertech ..................... 106, 107, 108, 109 Cummins South Africa..................................... 1, 13 Definition Automation................................ 154, 155 Derbigum Manufacturing .................................. 213 Ditulo Office Furniture ................................ 134, 135 Eagle Lighting ........................................... 156, 157 Engineering Council of South Africa .......... 112, 113 Form-Scaff ................................................ 194, 195 Geberit South Africa .......................... 56, 57, 58, 59 Gemini Frameless ..................................... 126, 127 Gibb.................................................................... 14 Global Roofing Solutions .................. 84, 85, 86, 87 Institute for Timber Construction South Africa ............................................... 136, 137 Integral Security Systems ........................... 132, 133 Isoboard.................................................. 28, 29, 30 Lafarge South Africa ............................ 5, 15, 16, 17 LEBP Construction ................................................ 88 LED MAN ................................................... 190, 191 Lemnis Lighting.................................. 20, 21, 22, 23 Leviton............................................... 80, 81, 82, 83 Mapei ............................................................... 2, 3 Marmoran ................................................. 142, 143 Mellet Human Architects ............. 25, 26, 27, 50, 51

Metrotile Southern Africa ................... 162, 163, 164 Mitek Industries .......................... 114, 115, 116, 117 Mitsubishi .............................................................. 9 Monkey Towers .................................................. 212 Mutual Safe ............................................... 100, 101 National Home Builders Registration Council .................................. 200, 201 NJR Steel Holdings .................................... 176, 177 Nouwens Carpets...................................... 144, 145 Pelican Systems............................................. 64, 65 PPC ......................................................... 10, 11, 12 Prism Architects ......................................... 160, 161 Reimer South Africa ................................... 188, 189 Remotac Building Systems ........................ 210, 211 South African Vinyls Association ............... 61, 62, 63 Seaqual .................................................... 110, 111 Sephaku Cement .............................. 68, 69, 70, 71 Shutters Cape ........................................... 204, 205 Sika ......................................................... 52, 53, 54 Silveray Stationery Company......................... 18, 19 SIRAC ........................................................ 130, 131 Solsquare Solar System Integrator ............. 120, 121 South African Forestry Company Limited .......................................................... 44, 45 South African Readymix Association ......... 183, 184 South African Wood Preserves Association ........................................ 46, 47, 48, 49 Soventix ............................................. 165, 166, 167 Style Décor .................................................... 72, 73 Swartland .................................. 168, 169, 170, 171 The Concrete Institute ......................................... 24 The Federated Employers’ Mutual Assurance Company ........................ 60, 94 The South African Council for Planners................................................ 138, 139 Tuflite Polymers South Africa ...................... 172, 173 Wall Design ............................................ 91, 92, 93 Water Conservation Systems ..................... 122, 123 Zacon Construction................................... 140, 141




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New Thermatech™ technology from BlueScope Steel BlueScope Steel Southern Africa has announced that its well-known Clean COLORBONDTM steel now incorporates ThermatechTM solar reflectance technology, one of the most advanced coating system technologies in the market. Traditionally, light-coloured Clean COLORBONDTM steel roofs have reduced the amount of incoming solar radiation absorbed and have also been highly effective at re-radiating heat, thus leading to a cooler roof and a reduction in energy demand for internal cooling. With the addition of ThermatechTM solar reflectance technology, the company’s darker-coloured steel roofing products now also absorb less energy, creating the advantages of a cooler roof and a cooler building, in a similar way to the lighter-shaded colours.

Solar Properties of Roofing Materials Solar Reflectance (ASTM E903)

Thermal Emittance (ASTM C1371)

Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) - ASTM E1980**

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Galvanized Steel








Thredbo White/Eco White*




Off White/Enduring White*




African White/Amazing White*




Neutral Beige/Urban Beige*




Mosaic Blue/Nexus Blue*




Aloe Green/Wasabi Green*




Ivory Grey/Cosmic Grey*




Fantasy Yellow/Solaris Yellow*




Cape White/Cedarberg White*




African Cream/Durable Cream*




Shale Grey/Ultimate Grey*




Almond Beige/Breathless Beige*




Khaki Beige/Dynamic Beige*




Dune/Sahara Sands*




Armour Grey/Livid Grey*




Pale Eucalypt/Intimate Green*




Heritage Red/Enchanting Red*




Cape Red/Oriental Red*




Volcanic Grey/Ore Grey*




Safari Brown/Southern Brown*




African Blue/Two Ocean Blue*




Colonial Green/Graden Route Green*




Cape Charcoal/African Charcoal*




Clean COLORBOND™ Steel

SRI quantifies how hot the surface of a roof will get relative to standard surfaces.

The solar reflectance index (SRI) of a roofing product is widely used by green building rating tools to mitigate the so-called urban heat island (UHI) effect. This SRI is a value that incorporates both solar reflectance and thermal emittance in a single value to represent the material’s temperature in the sun. Hence the SRI quantifies how hot a surface would get relative to standard black and standard white surfaces. A theoretical SRI value of 100 indicates the best- performing roofing material, meaning the coolest roof. ThermatechTM optimises the thermal performance of every colour in the standard Clean COLORBONDTM steel and Clean COLORBONDTM Ultra steel palettes, without changing their appearance. This provides greater thermal comfort all year round whilst using less energy for air-conditioning and hence mitigating the UHI effect. Furthermore, the outstanding dirt resistance property of Clean COLORBONDTM steel and Clean COLORBONDTM Ultra steel ensures your roof looks newer for longer.

Roofing Material

* Colour name in Clean COLORBOND™ Ultra ** SRI is calculated using ASTM E1980-01 with Medium Convection Coefficient (12) value reported.This data is approximate values only - may vary based on paint formulation and / or metallic coating thickness

BlueScope Steel Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Tel: 021 4425420 E-mail:

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We create chemistry that helps cool homes love hot days.

NEOPOR® graphite impregnated expanded polystyrene from BASF offers architects and our clients in the building and construction industry, innovative solutions to achieve more temperate buildings, thereby insulating homes from the sun and keeping them cooler.

NEOPOR® – Solution-driven partnerships. BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Delyce Ririe (Sales & Industry Manager) Tel: +27 11 203 2537 • Cell: +27 82 889 7663 • •

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