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Six trends shaping cities of the future

Six trends shaping cities of the future

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 ... »

Construction Quality – Success Factors

Construction Quality – Success Factors

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 ... »

South Africa – What IF?

South Africa – What IF?

South Africa’s construction industry problems are not unique »

The role of SMEs in the construction and engineering sector and corporate accountability

The role of SMEs in the construction and engineering sector and corporate accountability

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... »

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Cities around the world are trying to ban cars from urban areas as traffic congestion take a toll on our health and environment. Banning cars from urban spaces may make cities much more livable, but this is an especially urban-centric perspective. Banning vehicles from urban centers simply reroutes vehicle traffic that is necessary for commuting or commercial purposes further out into outlying areas, largely in poorer communities whose political power is not sufficient to prevent this change in traffic patterns. To accommodate the increase in vehicle traffic on the roads, existing highways and freeways are often expanded, but this apparently simple fix doesn’t actually reduce congestion—it i... »

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