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Green Building News

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand
Photo by Reuters
RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers

PPS building achieves high green rating

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Financial services company Professional Provident Society (PPS) has been awarded the five-star Green Star SA rating for Phase 1 of its Centurion Square office development - one of the highest ratings given – by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  

PPS building achieves  high green rating
RUSTED FACADE Rusted steel facade can easily be melted down and allows for a greener approach

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects  

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th March 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has already passed the... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects
Solar panel installation at Growthpoint’s Airport Industria property near the Cape Town International Airport

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

South Africa a green building frontrunner 

16th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Natasha Odendaal about the possibility of South Africa becoming a global green market leader in the next three years. 

South Africa a green building frontrunner
South Africa a green building frontrunner

S Africa punches above its weight in green building 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2016 South Africa is fast becoming a frontrunner in green building and, if its current commitment to green activity continues, the country will be a leader in the global green market in the next three years, a new report has revealed. South Africa had the highest proportion of green building projects... 

S Africa punches above its weight in green building
Green Building Council South Africa CEO Brian Wilkinson discusses the progress South Africa's green building industry has made over the past few years. Date recorded: 15.03.16. Camerawork and video-editing Nicholas Boyd.

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Property developer Baywest City is embarking on five major developments this year, valued at more than R1.2-billion. Over the next two years, the developers would invest in a 228-unit residential development, an 8 000 m2 green-rated office block, an international hotel, two restaurants and a... 

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

Aurecon receives green star rating for second Century City office block

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded engineering consultancy Aurecon a 5-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating for its second office block at Century City . The 3 300 m2 building was adjacent to Aurecon’s original 7 000 m2 premises, the first office building in... 

Aurecon receives green star rating for second Century City office block

Development of biobased carpet backing step towards sustainable flooring

4th March 2016 Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, announced in July last year that it had developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles, which has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low volatile organic compounds and high dimensional stability. The ‘green’... 

Development of  biobased carpet  backing step towards sustainable flooring
INTERFACE CARPET Interface has now developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles

Water company helping to combat climate change

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With meteorologists claiming that the current drought in South Africa is because El Niño is preventing moisture reaching the sub-Saharan Africa region, water service provider Mega Water states that the country will have to consider decentralised water treatment, the capturing of rainwater and the... 

Water company helping to combat climate change
RUDY ROBERTS South Africa will have to consider decentralised water treatment

There are ‘numerous avenues’ for govt to assist construction sector, says Aveng CEO

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 Despite a tight budget perhaps inhibiting infrastructure spend, there remained numerous avenues for government to assist the South African construction industry, said Aveng CEO Kobus Verster last week as he announced his company’s results in Johannesburg. For example, there was no need to delay... 

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport 

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2016 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Friday launched the first phase of its R16-million solar power plant at George Airport, making it  Africa’s first, and currently only, regional airport to be powered through solar energy. Construction of the plant got under way in March last year and took... 

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

South Africa ahead of the green building curve

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2016 South Africa has been listed as one of the top adopters of green building technology in the world, reporting the highest percentage of green building projects currently under way that employs the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a research partner. This is according to the 2016 World... 

South Africa ahead of the green building curve

Aveng reduces losses at Grinaker, looks to divest from steel business

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2016 Despite a tight budget perhaps inhibiting infrastructure spend, there remained numerous avenues for government to assist the South African construction industry, said Aveng CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. For example, there was no need to delay the next round of renewable-energy projects, which had... 

Aveng reduces losses at Grinaker, looks to divest from steel business
Kobus Verster

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2016 The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems market urgently needs an enabling regulatory framework, as well as support for capacity-development efforts, if the sector is to reach its full potential, said the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) Rooftop PV Forum, at its inaugural... 

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

Unlimited scope for design with precast concrete cladding

12th February 2016 Precast concrete cladding provides the designer with substantial freedom in the choice of form, texture and appearance, says The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Unlimited scope for  design with precast  concrete cladding
FAIRSCAPE PRECINCT Concrete cladding can be used innovatively by designers

Pretoria contractors faced challenges of ‘green’ building

12th February 2016 Pretoria-based building contractor, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, has completed a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of new “green” corporate offices and a warehouse for I-CAT Environmental Solutions. The new sustainable I-CAT campus, in the N4 Gateway Park in Pretoria, was... 

Pretoria contractors  faced challenges of  ‘green’ building
GLAZED FACADE A roof overhang over the north-facing windows of the I-CAT office block

Soweto multipurpose facility to open at the end of the year

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 The new 1 800 m² multipurpose education campus that is being constructed in Soweto is expected to open its doors by December 2016. The education campus building, designed pro bono by New York-based architect, William Reue, will include a suite of flexible multipurpose classrooms, a large... 

Soweto multipurpose  facility to open at the  end of the year
VOLUNTEERS Student volunteers helping the community

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report

8th February 2016 Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic empowerment; competition; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report

1st February 2016 Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic empowerment; competition; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch 

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the CSIR’s aim to run its Pretoria... 

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch
Photo by Duane Daws
OFFGRID PROSPECTS CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 The green initiatives meant to reduce operational costs and slow ecological degradation at the Dube TradePort, in KwaZulu-Natal, have ensured that the airport city development has alternative and relatively stable water supply, says Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) acting CEO Hamish Erskine.  

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply
IN THE ZONE Dube TradePort's Cargo Terminal, which safegaurds wares from the Agri and Trade Zones, has maintained 0% cargo loss since 2010

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

Proposed Rwandan office development awarded 6-star green rating 

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 Marking the first Rwanda-based development to achieve the highest certification in green building standards, the proposed 19-storey Nobelia Office Tower, in Kigali, has been awarded a 6-Star Green Star building rating by the Green Building Council of Rwanda. This followed the completion of the... 

Renewables specialist spearheads Kenyan wind power project

27th November 2015 Engineering company WorleyParsons is one-third of the way into its 32-month contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, in Kenya, for which it was tasked to deliver project management services in 2014. The project aims to supply 360 MW of reliable, low-cost wind-turbine generator... 

Renewables specialist spearheads  Kenyan wind power project
UHURU KENYATTA Kenya's president unveils a commemorative plaque at Lake Turkana Wind Power groundbreaking ceremony

Aveng Grinaker-LTA lauded for construction projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2015 Local construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA took top honours at the Construction World Magazine’s yearly Best Projects Awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, earlier this month. The company’s 300 m Majuba incremental launch bridge project, over the Vaal river, was awarded first place in the Civil... 

Aveng Grinaker-LTA lauded for construction projects

Existing building performance rating increasing in popularity, says GBCSA

By: Natalie Greve     12th November 2015 While initially targeting sustainability and energy efficiency in new constructs, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says it is now observing an accelerated uptake in the retrofitment of existing buildings, with energy efficiency and sustainability considerations no longer... 

Existing building performance rating increasing in popularity, says GBCSA

South Africa’s greenest buildings recognised

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2015 Awards for South Africa’s top-rated Green Star SA buildings, as well as for the country’s top-rated building professionals who have contributed to green building in South Africa, have been announced at the Green Star SA Leadership Awards 2015. The awards were announced at the Green Building... 

South Africa’s greenest buildings recognised
Hotel Verde

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th November 2015 Pan-African renewable energy generation company Lekela Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the development of a 250 MW wind power station in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez area. The development of the power station would mark Lekela... 

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

Put sustainability first, experts suggest

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Despite tough economic times, companies are being urged to think beyond short-term demands and drive innovation that will lead to a more sustainable future. “Your carbon footprint is the most important thing to get right. You cannot build sustainable societies in an environmental wasteland,”... 

SA government welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015

30th October 2015 Addressing the province on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on October 4 welcomed the launch of Johannesburg Streets Alive: the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in Sandton City, Johannesburg The festival took place during Transport Month, which promotes... 

SA government  welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015
ECOMOBILITY IN JOBURG The EcoMobility Festival promotes the use of public transport and encourages citizens to imagine and embrace alternative means of moving goods and people

Sasol’s new office construction progressing

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 More than 3 000 of integrated energy and petrochemicals major Sasol’s personnel will move to the group’s new headquarters in Katherine street, Sandton, Gauteng – a consolidation of the group’s 17 offices currently located in Rosebank, Randburg and Bryanston – in the second half of 2016.... 

Sasol’s new office  construction progressing
Photo by Sasol
SHOWCASING VALUE The new building’s look has been designed to link to Sasol’s logo, encapsulating the company’s values, such as stability and strength through synergy

Accéntuate mulls off-grid solutions to mitigate power risks

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2015 The Accéntuate group is investigating off-grid solutions, such as solar power, in answer to Eskom’s power supply woes, rather than finding a solution to load-shedding, says CEO Fred Platt. He says off-grid solutions are cheaper, and could pay for itself over a period of time. 

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