Regardless of your role in construction, you’ll have noticed that almost all the construction projects don’t finish in their contractual finish date. In fact, a delayed project has become a very normal thing to witness and at a certain point, it almost feels like it’s an unavoidable outcome. However, delays in most construction projects delay could actually be avoided if a proper project study was conducted. So, here are the most common reasons for construction project delays: 1. Inefficient management The construction knowledge we have today enables us to conduct proper management for construction projects to ensure the delivery of the desired quality within the required time. Without this ... »
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With commercial and industrial office buildings consuming nearly 30% of the world’s energy, smart building innovation is essential in the fight against climate change.Although the pace of technological evolution in the built environment has been slower than other industries, the tide is changing. Across regions, cities are experimenting with ways to improve air quality, reduce congestion and provide clean, reliable and sustainable energy to their growing populations. Here we share some the top trends shaping the future of the built environment 1. Electromobility for smart cities Topping the list of what will shape cities of the future is electromobility, says Katharina Nekic, from Schneider ... »
Poor Quality within Construction Projects is not a new concept to the world, nor to the South African demographic. Even though the effects of poor quality have been extensively catalogued and debated there seems to be a lingering culture of poor workmanship within the South African industry. And as a result the requirement to manage construction quality has been legislated by the Council for the Built Environment of South Africa (CBE) and the implementation of ISO9001 certification as a minimum requirement for large tenders, but the problem still persists. If we thus look at the persisting poor quality product coming out we are faced with the question: What factors influences the success of ... »
Small to medium entreprises are arguably the backbone of the South african economy.This is eveidenced by the StatsSA’s findings and the setupof a dedicated SME ministry for them.The construction sector is blooming with the rising of SME specialising in plumbing,engineering,architecture,surveying to name but a few. In the times where business is measured against how it impacts people construction SMEs are not spared by the scrutiny.This is why the business and human rights demagogues coined the word corporate accountability.a name associated with how businesses big or small remedy their human rights abuses in their supply chain.This article seeks to dissect how construction SMEs can rea... »
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