Time to vote for House and Leisure’s House of the Year 2013

Readers of House and Leisure magazine now have the opportunity to vote for their best South African home in connection with the ninth annual House of the Year competition which was launched last month by House and Leisure in association with SA Home Loans.

The eleven finalists in this year’s competition range from cliff-hugging apartments filled with contemporary artworks to a cluster of eco homes with simple organic touches. Each appeals to different senses of style and taste.

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Eco building: Eskom and SABC join forces to save electricity

In an effort to encourage households to reduce their electricity usage during peak energy-demanding hours, Eskom has partnered with the SABC to provide South Africans with daily bulletins on the real time situation of the power system, through SABC’s three television channels and 18 radio stations.

The power bulletin will be aired on television straight after the news, following the weather forecast, and will run for a minute on SABC One, Two and Three, on weekdays until the end of the year. Radio announcements will air three times a day, also until December.

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Google invests in South Africa’s renewable energy

South Africa, in developing a diverse range of renewable energy resources over the last few years, has become a hotspot of solar and renewable energy investment and project development. The country’s renewable energy policy and related infrastructure has such appeal that Google has recently decided to invest in it, their first ever African investment.

Google, who has supported projects with a potential to bolster the growth of the renewable energy industry all over the US and Europe, will now invest $12 million in South Africa’s $260 million Jasper Power Project. This project, a 96-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility will be built near Kimberly in the Northern Cape.

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Some momentum in the housing market

The South African housing market, after a weak performance over the last four years, is finally gaining some momentum.

During the housing boom, between 2000 and 2006, the price of housing rose by an average of 20% each year. In October 2004, it peaked with 35.7% (32.5% in real terms) annual growth. However, in the first quarter of 2008, the boom grinded to a halt as a result of the global financial crisis.

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Grand Designs Live Home & Garden Show 2013: an overview

Grand Designs Live Home & Garden Show, an event on home design, decor, garden, and the home building scene, took place at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg between 24 and 26 May 2013, focussing on the theme of City Living.

The show’s 26 000 visitors, stepping through Grand Designs Live mirror-image tunnel provided by Extenzo, had the options of discovering top home trends from speakers at the Grand Theatre, engaging with experts on building shoe storage systems and wall clocks from bicycle wheels at the DIY Interactive Theatre sponsored by Builders Express and Builders Warehouse, eating a meal at a recycled restaurant, as well as visiting Grand Gardens and the Grand Gourmet Market.

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DIY workshops in Johannesburg

Join the DIY-Divas for a workshop basic tiling.

Established in 2007 by Janice Anderssen, DIY Divas | DIY Guys is about building confidence and acquiring the tips, tricks and techniques to use power tools for all your DIY home repairs, improvements and DIY projects. Classes are tailored so that everyone attending receives personal attention and a 'hands-on' approach.

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Revolutionary water saving device

Saving water should no longer create a warm fuzzy feeling in the eco-friendly home owners, it’s a must in all home building and home design.

Almost 50 percent of tap water – worth a whopping R7-billion a year - is being lost in South Africa according to a new report commissioned by the Water Research Commission (WRC).

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Kayamandi’s shacks become double-storey eco homes

The first-ever shack-to-house conversion project based in informal settlements in the Western Cape has begun transforming shacks to double-storey homes made entirely from eco bricks. The project aims to improve the living conditions of Kayamandi residents, but in doing so, it is also empowering these communities with skills development and employment.

The test phase of the project was completed in March this year and involved turning Norie Lungisa’s small, overcrowded wooden shack into a home of double the size, comprising of two upstairs bedrooms, an open-plan lounge, a dining and kitchen area, as well as a bathroom.

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Duravit bath and toilet recognised for their high design quality

When looking for bathroom products for your home building ensure the product you choose meets a quality standard for manufacturing and design.

Duravit AG is again delighted to receive one of the world's most coveted quality distinctions for outstanding design. The red dot award 2013 jury comprising 37 experts granted the renowned “red dot” distinction to both the bathtubs and toilets in the two new DuraStyle and Happy D.2 series. There were more than 4,662 entries in 19 different categories. Only the best designs impressed the jury of experts with their successful design concepts.

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