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Green Building News

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project
Photo by LYT Architects
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Polo Fields is a massive development of 1 512 apartment units that will be located in the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand

Phase 1 of Loftus Park mixed-use development nears completion

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 Phase one of the mixed-use Loftus Park precinct being developed by JSE-listed Redefine Properties and built by construction firm Abland will include 34 000 m2 of office space, a gym, an open-air piazza with restaurants and a convenience retail offering, as well as a new 152-room hotel by... 

Phase 1 of Loftus Park mixed-use development nears completion

Growthpoint starts excavation work for Rosebank office development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties has started the excavation process for the 35 000 m2 144 Oxford premium-grade office development in Rosebank, Gauteng, with the project expected to be completed in October 2019.  

Growthpoint starts excavation work for Rosebank office development
Growthpoint Properties' 144 Oxford office development

Built environment summit in May

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 The Africa Summit of London-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) – which has entrenched itself as a noteworthy yearly event – will reconvene for the fourth consecutive year at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from May 30 to 31.  

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Pros of on-site solar PV systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 On-site solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy systems serve as effective and cost-effective ways for companies to become familiar with the correct application of renewable generation to reduce energy costs, says South African information and communication technology company Sizwe IT Group... 

HVAC&R event breaks records

23rd February 2018 The international Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) set six all-time records, including more than 72 000 attendees and 49 995 registered visitors. The 70th edition of the world’s largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) marketplace... 

HVAC&R event  breaks records
EXPO EXTRAVAGANZA More than 72 000 people attended the AHR Expo

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

Discovery headquarters nears  completion
Photo by WBHO
VISIONARY CONSTRUCTION The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing indoor environmental quality for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Drones offer inspection and maintenance  benefits for built environment
JANE THOMSON Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

World-class speakers confirmed for exhibition

2nd February 2018 Africa’s only dedicated heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trade exhibition FRIGAIR expo will fly in three world-class American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) speakers to present topical short courses during the show. The... 

World-class speakers  confirmed for exhibition
KNOWLEDGE CORNER Courses at FRIGAIR expo can benefit engineers, architects, contractors and designers

Conference to focus on innovation

2nd February 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) experts and decision-makers from both the public and private sectors and from academia are gathering at the Technology Innovation Conference hosted by the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) to analyse the wave of digital and technological innovation... 

Conference to focus on innovation
Photo by Bloomberg
TECHNOLOGY TAKEOVER The Technology Innovation Conference is reflecting on progress made in creating connectedness among government entities, citizens and businesses

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

Need for more energy increases  demand for solar power
Photo by Duane Daws
WIDESPREAD POWER There are several solar farms across the member countries of the Southern African Development Community

Solar energy can reduce tariff hike strain on consumers

26th January 2018 With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners Home Solutions believes that this could lead to... 

Three-year project reaches completion

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 Technology solutions provider Jasco has completed its three-year solar farm project, which has reduced its maximum electricity demand by 27% and its reliance on State-owned power utility Eskom by 33%. “Phase 1 of the project – which started in April 2015 – resulted in the installation of 53 kWp... 

School installs solar system at boarding house

26th January 2018 The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Green building improvements needed to meet Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 The energy intensity per square metre of buildings need to improve by 30% by 2030 to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s ‘Global Status Report 2017’ has revealed. The report, released on Monday, found that total floor area reached an estimated... 

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

KZN education department awarded green building certification
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Waterfall City development for Deloitte Africa HQ kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 Construction has started on Deloitte Africa’s new headquarters, which will consolidate the current Woodmead and Pretoria offices into a single central location at Waterfall City. Developers Atterbury Property and Attacq expect to complete the 42 500 m2 ultra‐modern offices in the first quarter of... 

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

Monitoring energy consumption  fosters efficiency
SMART SOLUTIONS ElectroMechanica’s smart home solutions enable users to control and monitor their energy consumption from their smartphone

New council announced by architectural body

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (Saclap) recently annouced its new four-year council, as appointed by Department of Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko. Council members will serve a four year term of office from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2021.  

Organisation assists business in becoming energy efficient

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Lack of energy supply security, economic costs associated with energy, and environmental costs, such as depleting resources, contributing to climate change are just some of the factors that can be mitigated if South Africa embraces energy efficiency and reliable renewable energy alternatives,... 

Organisation assists  business in becoming  energy efficient
MONITORED CONSUMPTION NCPC-SA is trying to find ways to optimise South Africa’s energy consumption

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
LEON VILJOEN This system makes it the ideal solution, not only for the environment, but also from a business perspective

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2017 A new report has been released in an effort to mobilise South Africans behind the vision of creating a million ‘climate jobs’ as part of the country’s response to the threat posed by climate change. Published by the Alternative Information and Development Centre, the 60-page report has been... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio
WRAPPING UP Growthpoint Properties is nearing completion on the 112 000 m2 office development for Discovery, in Sandton

PPC, NUM make headway on wage impasse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2017 Cement producer PPC and trade union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached an agreement on wage negotiations at the company’s Slurry plant, in the North West. This followed a protected strike by the union on Monday after the parties were unable to reach an agreement through a Commission... 

GBCSA launches Net Zero pilot certification scheme

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 The certification of the first four projects under the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Net Zero pilot certification scheme was announced this week. Net zero carbon buildings are defined as highly energy efficient buildings, with remaining energy demand supplied by on-site and/or... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Local property developer Abland and joint venture partners Ellerine Brothers have started development of the 35 Lower Long office tower in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The four-star green building will be situated on Lower Long Street, in the City Bowl. The 24-storey office tower will replace... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development
ENVISAGED DESIGN The building will have a modern look, characterised by dynamic glazed façades of floor–to-ceiling heights

Abland going green on precinct developments

By: Anine Kilian     12th October 2017 Property developer Abland has two precincts enrolled in the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) sustainable precint pilot study. The properties are Sandton Gate, on William Nicol drive, in Sandton, and Loftus Park, which is adjacent to Loftus Versfeld sport stadium, in Pretoria.   “At... 

Integrated heat pumps provide cost-effective energy efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 With the South African heat pumps market experiencing a high-growth phase, driven by the cost of energy, energy efficiency requirements for buildings, and overall cost and performance efficiency of the technology used, water heating solutions company HydraTherm has responded to the trend of wider... 

Integrated heat pumps  provide cost-effective  energy efficiency
BIG PLANS HydraTherm has upcoming ranges of energy efficient water heating solutions in the gas and solar water sectors for 2018
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