Construction & Engineering

Call to Bring Embodied Carbon Upfront and Save the Planet

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By PENNY SWIFT On September 23, 2019, the same day that Donald Trump made an unexpected appearance at the opening of the U.N. climate summit in New York, the World Green Building Council (GBC) has released a lengthy report on the “climate emergency” the world is facing. Titled Bringing embodied carbon upfront: Coordinated action for the building and construction sector …

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Historic Ghost House Demolished Days After Heritage Impact Assessment Published

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By PENNY SWIFT Less than a week after publication of a heritage impact assessment (HIA) on an iconic haunted ghost house on the M4 near Durban, the building was razed to the ground. The demolition was ordered by the local eThekwini Council that had previously demanded the owner, Saantha Naidu Group of Companies, either restore the building or bulldoze it because it …

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Award-Winning Nigerian Floating School Wrecked

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By PENNY SWIFT A controversial but much celebrated, award winning three-story floating school built on the Lagos Lagoon in 2013 has collapsed following torrential rain. Constructed as a prototype to show how floating buildings could improve the lives of the impoverished Makoko community, it was designed by Kunlé Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect, as a school. Called the Makoko Floating School, it …

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