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Science meets Architecture in a robotically woven, solar active structure.

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Thursday, March 2, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 
New York's MoMA PS1 will feature a shelter installation that uses robotically-knitted solar fabrics that absorb and release light. Winner of the art institution's Young Architects Program competition, the canopy from Jenny Sabin Studio is photo-luminescent by night and cooling by day, with a misting system that delivers a cooling spray when someone comes near.
The installation includes long fabric tubes that hang from the canopy stalactite style, and make up part of the site's multi-sensory e...

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How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Friday, December 2, 2016, In : Green Building 
How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

From the pyramids at Giza, to Stonehenge, to Machu Picchu, it is no coincidence that all of the longest lasting human structures are made from stone. Stone lasts forever, is natural, and is readily available in the environment. When it comes to outdoor landscaping or interior applications that see a lot of use and moisture (i.e. kitchens and bathrooms), natural stone is often the most durable and lowest-maintenance choice for surfaces. Unli...

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Cheap Quotes - Good News or Bad News?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, In : Building 
http://bdjbuilding.co.za/2016/09/19/cheap-quotes-good-news-bad-news/

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Renovation vs New Construction - Which is Greener?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, In : Green Building 
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/renovation-versus-new-construction-which-greener-better-cardwell?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

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Occupation Certificates - Latest News

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Occupation Certificates 
Owners of buildings and their tenants will be prosecuted if they don’t have a valid occupation certificate. This is the message that is being sent out by most of the major metropolitan councils and the others are soon to follow.

Any person or organization that occupies a building or a portion of a building without a valid occupation certificate is guilty of an offence that is punishable by law. The councils are taking action in terms of section 14 of Act number 103 that was already promulga...
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When do I need to call the Building Inspector?

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Building 
You will need sign off from the Building Inspector in order to get your Occupation Certificate.  Your local authority will furnish you with the Building Inspectors contact details, you will need to phone them before 10am as they are only in the office between 7am - 10am.  Building Inspectors need to be contacted when you are digging the foundations, they will need to see the foundations for a trench inspection before you pour the concrete. You will also need to arrange appointments with your ...
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