Makro SA

Written by Willem Strydom and Ricky Savvides

Makro SA has embarked on an exciting journey to open more stores in South Africa, with high expectations for quality, performance, efficiency, and low water and energy usage for their stores

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Big views from Two Oceans

By: Joanne Taylor – Senior Writer

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town has appointed Aurecon to carry out an extension and refurbishment of this landmark attraction

The new large-scale exhibit, is being constructed on the parking lot between the existing aquarium building and the One & Only Hotel. It will contain 1,6 million litres of seawater and will be 6m deep. It will have a large acrylic panel (9m long and 4,5m wide), 10m tunnel running through the exhibit and a smaller window (4m x 2m) on the upper level for the conference centre, all supplied by Clax Italia, in Italy. Aurecon has been appointed as structural, civil and wet services engineer on the large-scale exhibit as well as the complete refurbishment of the two main exhibits at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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Noswal Hall: a modern makeover

By: Ilana Koegelenberg — staff writer

The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the refurbishment of Noswal Hall: 19 storeys, 190 bathrooms, 171 kitchens and over 7km of piping – with only eight months to complete, the team had their work cut out for them

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Driving force of sustainability

By: Joanne Taylor – senior staff writer

Setting the precedent for other industry participants to follow in green footsteps

The new Head Office of Hyundai Automotive SA is the first office building in the South African automotive industry to achieve a 4-Star Green Star SA Office V1 Design Certification - setting the precedent for other industry participants to follow.

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BMW saves energy with solar vacuum tubes

By: Joanne Taylor — senior staff writer

BMW has embarked on many energy-saving projects to reduce their global carbon footprint and the solar thermal collector field at its Rosslyn part is one of their initiatives

BMW South Africa embarked on introducing energy-saving technologies at its Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. The reason was to reduce the vehicle manufacturing plant’s reliance on the conventional carbon-based, non-renewable energy source. Various interventions have been implemented by BMW engineers and designers to reduce the consumption of their products – the vehicles – and the same ideals are being extended to a number of their fabrication plants around the world.

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Hotel Verde: the greenest of them all

From a geothermal heat pump installation to grey water recycling and a drip irrigation system, the wet services aspect of ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’ contributed a great deal to the sustainable reputation of Hotel Verde

Aptly named Hotel Verde – ‘verde’ meaning green in Italian – ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’ forms part of the BON Hotels Group and it is conveniently situated just 400m from Cape Town International Airport and within close proximity of the city’s central business and shopping districts. But, what makes it unique is the length to which the team has gone to minimise the hotel’s carbon footprint, from (under) the ground up.

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