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Green Building News

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Timber houses become tourist attraction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Thirty-two forestry workers’ timber houses at the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg, in the Western Cape, have been transformed into “eco-unit” accommodation for tourists. Work on this R14.5-million project, commissioned for conservation group CapeNature, started in April 2015 and... 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Lite-C sensors allow  for reduction in  electricity bills
AFTER INSTALLATION Lite-C sensors operate using radio frequency technology that allows input devices to communicate with and control output devices without the need for cabling over long distances

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 With such a strong business case for energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy solutions provider Johnson Controls area GM Neil Cameron says South African companies do not have an excuse for not investing in greener buildings. 

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings
NEIL CAMERON The design and manufacturing of all the equipment that Johnson Controls provides is based on constant innovation to ensure more efficiency

Programmes heighten awareness and participation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme has, among others, not only reinforced the business case for energy efficiency but also raised the bar in terms of industry’s awareness and participation, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental... 

Programmes heighten awareness and participation
DAVID MERCER ERM has identified energy savings ranging from 15% to 20% through programmes it has run in conjunction with companies in different sectors

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Property developers  shift focus to manage  economic risk
WILLIAM JOHNSTON Best practice designs that incorporate a holistic and sustainable approach to property development is becoming entrenched among South Africa developers

Sasol shows off new corporate head office 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th December 2016 The final phase of global chemicals company Sasol’s new headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, its tenth floor, was commissioned on Monday. This not only houses its group executive suites, but also hosts the company’s engagement facilities. This completes the 11-storey, 47-m-tall office complex,... 

Sasol shows off new corporate head office
Sasol project management lead Adam Sargent tells Engineering News Online about the new office. Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 06/12/16

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

Aveng nears completion on Sasol Place

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 Aveng Grinaker-LTA is nearing the completion of Sasol’s new global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton. The building is designed in an S-shape, which links the core of the building with two atriums and represents the linked particles of the Sasol logo. The internal structure of the building is... 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental policies. For instance, KBAC Flooring sales director Brandon Park points out that selecting the... 

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies
BRANDON PARKS Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for employees

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification

     11th November 2016 Cement manufacturer and supplier Lafarge South Africa (SA), in August, announced that it had recently become the only building materials company in the country to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C global certification system Global GreenTag-certified products.... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification
Photo by Lafarge South Africa
COMMUNITY OUTREACH The company's ambition is to facilitate the building of better homes

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service
CONTAINERISED SOLUTIONS ePower Holdings uses shipping containers as a battery recharging and swap centre to improve access to electricity for communities not yet electrified

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business
Gauteng Premier David Makhura launches the new Menlyn Main Central Square

Student accommodation facility on schedule for start of new academic year

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 The Hatfield Square redevelopment in Pretoria, which is currently under construction, is on track to open for reservations in January 2017, offering Pretoria’s student community a mixed-use precinct that will include modern student residences, retail and leisure facilities.  

Student accommodation facility on schedule  for start of new academic year
EXTERIOR AESTHETICS An artist’s impression of what the new Hatfield Square will look like once completed

Barloworld launches solar energy solution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Global industrial company Barloworld on Friday launched a high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solution targeted at Southern Africa’s commercial and industrial (C&I) power segment. The Cat Thin Film PV solar energy system, available in sizes ranging from 25 kW to 5 MW, can deliver up... 

Barloworld launches solar energy solution

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Kenya exhibition places focus on renewable energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 With investment in the offgrid solar sector reaching $276-million last year – a 15-fold increase over 2012 – the third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (Iorec), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 30 to October 1, will aim to further improve... 

Cennergi wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Local independent power producer Cennergi on Thursday celebrated achieving commercial operations at its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, was selected as the preferred bidder for two... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 Albeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton. Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton,... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton

Green buildings can reduce climate change – WGBC

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 There is a direct correlation between climate change and nongreen buildings, with 98% of the world’s megacities already experiencing climate risks, World Green Building Council (WGBC) CEO Terri Willis said on Wednesday. Addressing an audience at the country’s ninth yearly Green Building... 

WGBC, partners to improve energy efficiency of cities

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 The World Green Building Council (WGBC), along with the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), on Wednesday announced a new partnership to dramatically ramp up energy efficiency within buildings across the world, starting with the city of Tshwane, in Gauteng.... 

Rosebank office awarded top green rating

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 Green-focused architecture consultancy Solid Green Consulting’s Rosebank offices were recently awarded 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification for the incorporation of ecofriendly aspects into their offices.  

Rosebank office awarded top green rating
GREEN CERTIFICATION Solid Green Consulting’s new Rosebank office has 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification

IDC, AFD sign €60m credit agreement for green projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has signed an agreement with France's development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), for a €60-million credit line aimed at local small-scale green projects. The facility, a collaboration under the Sustainable Use of Natural... 

Senwes to save from completed solar project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The installation of 2 392 solar panels at South African agribusiness Senwes’s head office, in Klerksdorp, will save a projected 1 172 t/y of carbon emissions, equivalent to 270 running cars or 481 t/y of coal. CEO Joe Maswanganyi says the project, which was completed in June, will save about 1 kg... 

Building green not as costly as once thought – study

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2016 A new report published on Friday by industry associations has revealed that the cost premium of building “green” was only an average of 5% above the construction of traditional buildings, much less than previously thought. The first edition of the ‘Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs... 

Building green not as costly as once thought – study

Interbuild Africa 2016 targets small and medium-sized building contractors

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 The 2016 Interbuild Africa, Africa’s largest building, building services and construction exhibition, will predominantly target the small and medium-sized building contractor companies, as this market remains fairly resilient, says event organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio... 

Interbuild Africa 2016 targets small and medium-sized  building contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGET MARKET While some construction majors had struggled in in the past year, market growth is expected to stem from smaller industry players

SolarAfrica, Aquion Energy install offgrid solar system in Kenya

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Solar energy services firm SolarAfrica on Thursday said it had, along with Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries and energy storage systems manufacturer Aquion Energy, completed the installation of an offgrid microgrid at the wildlife research and ecotourism hub Loisaba Conservancy, in Kenya. The offgrid... 

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 A method to construct and maintain artificial lagoons is being opened to the South African market after proving successful abroad, according to multinational artificial lagoon company Crystal Lagoons.  

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs
CLEAR WATERS Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine uses industrial waste 

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2016 Local mechanical and chemical engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has developed a low-water brickmaking machine, acid-resistant bricks and chemical-resistant paints that consume industrial waste. The brickmaking machine is adaptable to local conditions and uses vibration compaction to compress the... 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine  uses industrial waste
ECOCAST BRICK MACHINE The low-water brickmaking machine is adaptable to local materials and can use fly ash to produce bricks
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