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R104m debt halts building at 37 Eastern Cape schools

Between May and November builders have walked off the sites of 37 Eastern Cape schools under construction, due to national government’s nonpayment of a staggering R104m. A further R9m is owed to consultants for the projects. This was revealed by public works MEC Pemmy Majodina in a report to the provincial legislature last week. She was responding […]

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Carbon-neutral home in Australia conceals its energy efficiency with minimalist design

Perth-based firm Whispering Smith has unveiled a beautiful, concrete home that combines the best of brutalist architecture with sustainable materials. Built on a very compact infill lot outside of Perth, House A is an affordable and carbon-neutral home that was built with concrete, reclaimed brick, solar power and an underground water collection system. The 753-square-foot home was strategically designed […]

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UCT UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST BRICK GROWN FROM HUMAN URINE

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has unveiled the world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine – yes, pee. The bio-brick was developed by UCT master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert. “The bio-bricks are created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation. It’s not unlike the way seashells are formed,” says Dr Dyllon […]

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Are ‘hemp homes’ the homes of the future?

With the Constitutional Court’s recent ruling on the private, recreational use of cannabis, there has been a renewed increase in the other uses of the Cannabis sativa plant. One increasingly popular option is the use of hemp in the construction industry. The main ways in which hemp is used in construction are to make ‘hempcrete’, […]

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