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Exciting changes for earthworks’ annual directory

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Market research and the desire to innovate has prompted an overhaul of earthworks’ annual product directory for the property and construction industry, published every December-January.

2016 marks the sixth year of publication for earthworks and has seen the magazine receive several accolades: an honourable mention in feature of the year category of the Trade Association Business Publishers International Awards (TAPBI) as well as runner up for publication of the year and joint runner up feature of the year in the SA Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) Journalism Awards for Excellence.

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Design for education: the Vele example

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To provide additional context for our Special Feature: Design for Education (Issue 32), earthworks asked East Coast Architects’ Steve Kinsler about the various outcomes of Seven Fountains and Vele schools – projects we consider to be best practice in sustainable design for education.

Having already palmed in several accolades, Derek van Heerden and Steve Kinsler most recently (in May 2016) received the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. The award is made annually by the LOCUS Foundation under the patronage of UNESCO to 5 architects.

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Regenerative development and design explained

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An explanation of regenerative development and design by Bill Reed of Regenesis.

As one article put it a few of years ago, “Regeneration is the next big thing you’ve yet to hear about.” This type of holistic and living system practice, is the logical and evolutionary next step towards what has always been implied in the concept of sustainability.

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How to be a reflective practitioner

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Changing practice: An abbreviated extract from Designing for Hope by Chrisna du Plessis and Dominique Hes (with permission).

The following six central lessons refer to how things should be done differently and what this means for how we engage in practice as designers, planners and developers.

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4* Green Star SA for YAP office

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Young Africa Publishing, owner of earthworks magazine, is proud to announce that its office has achieved a 4-Star Green Star SA Interior pilot rating from the Green Building Council SA. The extensive refurbishment of the space at the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town was generously supported by industry sponsors in the form of products and services.

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SA bioplastics forum launched

The South African Bioplastics Forum has been launched under PlasticsSA to focus on growing the bioplastics economy in South Africa.

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Uganda’s solar bus

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Dark plumes of smoke pouring from the tail pipe of conventional diesel buses could be a thing of the past in Uganda after Kiira Motors launched its prototype Kayoola solar bus concept.

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Locally assembled battery on the market

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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.

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SA shines in global green building market

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South Africa had the highest green share of building project activity in the world in 2015. According to the ‘World Green Buildings Trend Report 2016: Developing markets accelerate green growth’, of all building projects taking place in South Africa, 41% were green building projects.

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CBC brewery goes solar

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The Cape Brewing Company (CBC) now boasts the country’s first ‘green’ beer crafted using solar thermal power. Installed by E3 Energy Group, the 84kW system is powered by 12, 10m2 flat-plate solar collectors on the roof of the brewery in Paarl.

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