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CSIR Research Space is constantly being developed and populated. Please report any errors to Siphethile Muswelanto Constructive criticism and suggestions would be welcome.

Recent Submissions

  • Salie, F; Poluta, M; De Jager, Peta; Abbott, G; Baloyi, N; Van Reenen, T (2012-10)
    The subject of this research project is to review and study the effectiveness of natural ventilation design assisted by a turbine ventilator, introduced to minimise the risk of transmission of airborne pathogens like TB.
  • Kumirai, T; Bole, S; Conradie, Dirk CU (2012-10)
    A thermal simulation model was prepared for a “typical” suburban building of 120 square meters and nine different passive designs were simulated to evaluate their impact on the heating and cooling load.
  • Bolton, M; Burroughs, S (CSIR, 2001)
    This report is a guide to building strong earth houses that will last a long time but without having to spend a lot of extra money or hire outside experts to do the building. It supports the process of improving the quality ...
  • Chidi, MC (2010-02-15)
    The report highlights the different methods of collecting and storing rainwater before it enters the soil or flows into the streams. Some of the methods described are intercepting the rainfall, landscapes and treatment of ...
  • Sadzik, P (CSIR, 1988-05)
    This guide will assist on how to build a small water tank which can be used to store spring water, rainwater or water pumped from a stream or dam. Small water tanks can be constructed from many different materials such as ...
  • Solsona, F (CSIR, 1991-03)
    This technical guide describes a very simple technique for water tank construction called H-F-B (heart filled blocks). The technique makes use of a simple mould (which can be made even in rural areas) for the manufacture ...
  • Weinert, HH (CSIR, 1980)
    Naturally occurring materials, such as rock and soil, constitute a significant portion of the materials content and cost of a road. Most textbooks dealing with road construction materials, however, are mainly concerned ...
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR (CSIR Building and Construction Technology, 2000)
    This document provides performance-based guidelines for informed decision-making. The purpose is essentially to indicate the qualities that should be sought in South African settlements, and to provide practical guidance ...
  • Venter, Karien (2009-07)
    Concern about the level of lawlessness and the lack of discipline among South African drivers is prominent among South African authorities, media and public. Although South Africa historically did conduct research into ...
  • Du Plessis, C; Landman, K (CSIR, 2002-07)
    The report is divided into four parts which consist of seven chapters. Within human settlement context the report’s understanding of sustainable development is one of an integrative and holistic process of maintaining a ...
  • International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, CIB; United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre, UNEP-IETC (CSIR, 2002)
    This discussion document “Agenda 21 for sustainable construction in developing countries” represents both a sector response and a developing country response to the challenge of sustainable development. It builds on the ...
  • Ampofo-Anti, N (Green Building, 2009-02)
    To place construction on a truly sustainable path the green building movement needs a method which goes beyond subjective checklists of green features. Such a method must provide objective guidelines for a comprehensive ...
  • Conradie, Dirk CU (Green Building, 2009-02)
    The concept of a Building Information Model (BIM) also known as a Building Product Model (BPM) is nothing new. A short article on BIM will never cover the entire filed, because it is a particularly complex filed that is ...
  • Osburn, L (Green Building, 2009-02)
    Current perceptions conjure images of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines when green building or sustainable development is discussed. How energy is used and how it is generated are core components of both green building ...
  • Osburn, L (Green Building, 2009-02)
    The heating, ventilation and cooling loads of typical commercial office space can range between 30-50% of the total energy load of the building. However, this figure is highly variable due to the high variability in building ...
  • Osburn, L (Green Building, 2009-02)
    Lighting consumes between about 29-35% of the energy used within commercial office space while lighting only consumes about 11% of the energy used in a residential environment. Through conscientious design of the lighting ...
  • Materials 
    Van Wyk, Llewellyn V (Green Building, 2009-02)
    The construction industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the production and harvesting of raw materials for building purposes occurs on a world-wide scale. Environmental issues are becoming a major world topic, ...
  • Van Wyk, Llewellyn V (Green Building, 2009-02)
    Environmental planners design and oversee the construction of the infrastructure that substantially supports the built environment. Infrastructure is being described as the basic physical assets of a country, community or ...
  • Kolev, M (2009-02)
    The current worldwide economic crisis needs strong global leaders who are able to breath new life into the economy in a way that will focus on the need to create jobs as well as stabilise the climate change, increase food ...
  • Wall, K; Manus, A; Moodley, K; Boshoff, L; Ottermann, A (Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), 2008-05)
    This paper describes the steady progress that the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) has been making with formulating a national water services infrastructure asset management (IAM) strategy. A "scan" of the ...

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