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Energy storage options are set to increase as Blue Nova smart battery solutions will launch it’s locally designed and assembled energy storage solution to the market in May 2016. Blue Nova business development head James Verster expects the Lithium Iron Yttrium Phosphate (LiFeYPO4) battery will take over from lead acid batteries in the same way that LED lights took over from incandescent bulbs.
LEGO recently launched the Architecture Studio especially for adults. The kit has 73 different shaped blocks (bricks, plates, slopes and tiles), either white or transparent, with a total of 1210 pieces and a 272-page guidebook. The composition of the kit allows for multiple unique designs inspired by the guidebook, which uniquely provides no instructions but considerable inspiration.
Damp is a common and costly problem in South Africa: the arrival of Aquapol in South Africa may offer cure. A leader in building dehydration systems, they have won numerous awards for their system that reverses rising damp in buildings. The drying period lasts between six and eighteen months and it requires installation of a device that can be disguised as a light fitting. The system requires no drilling, electrical connections or batteries. The success of the product lies in the precise location of the device, which is determined by a series of measurements and salt tests.
The SOLARKIOSK is one of those concepts that make you wonder why no one has thought of this before. GRAFT architects have taken the prominence of the urban spaza shop and reworked it as a modular building, integrated solar panels and taken it to rural African communities that are off grid and cast in darkness at night.
GypWall Soundbloc, produced by Saint-Gobain Gyproc, is a construction system that reduces noise transmission of sounds as loud as 81 dB. It is ideal for healthcare and education institutions where the limiting noise levels are vital to productivity. According to Saint-Gobain Gyproc “effective sound insulation is a necessity as peace and quiet are essential to relaxation, healing and concentration. Long-term noise disturbance may even lead to significant health problems”. The acoustic plasterboard is locally manufactured according to European standards and incorporates a lightweight steel stud and track structure.
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