The fact that South African and Nigeria are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, while the continent as a whole barely accounts for 5%, places a major responsibility on designers and architects to be environmentally responsible. However, convincing clients of the imperatives of sustainability is a balancing act between the often high upfront initial costs, versus the long-term operational savings, and having a healthy and productive workforce that caters for the wellbeing of employees.

The role of ‘smart’ buildings in accelerating infrastructure delivery in South Africa was placed under the spotlight at an Innovation Day hosted by Johnson Controls at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday 21 November. Held under the theme of ‘Talking Tomorrow, Today’, the event engaged a range of stakeholders to not only make them aware of the complete solutions available from Johnson Controls, but to stimulate an important debate about the increasingly critical role played by technology.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.