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Green Building News

Consulting firm highlights scope for innovative growth in sustainable materials use

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 While there are several opportunities for the construction industry to integrate sustainable materials use in a project – from the design phase to the construction phase – there is still significant scope for the industry to be more innovative, says consulting engineering firm Arup. “Ideally,... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction techniques and materials in green... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 Engineering consulting firm GIBB has acquired environmental solutions consultancy Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), more than doubling the size of its environmental team. GIBB environmental services sector GM Dr Urishanie Govender said the move enabled the company to deliver broader... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

BCCEI now accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has been accredited by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all civil engineering sector disputes. This would mean that companies that were not members of the South African Forum of Civil... 

BCCEI now accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 German industrial company division ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s participation in Richtfest skyscraper being built, in Rottweil, will enable it to use the building as an innovation centre for new elevator technologies, such as its prototype MULTI system magnetic levitation (maglev) elevators, in... 

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype
RICHTFEST TESTTURM The tower, which will be clad once completed to fit in with the town’s spires, will function as a technology testing facility for ThyssenKrupp and the surrounding universities

Load-shedding-proof elevator for seven-storey buildings

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 Conveying and lift company Otis has launched its Gen2 Switch lift, which can continue operating for 100 trips in an seven-storey building during a power outage, owing to its regenerative drives and battery system, says Otis communications manager Hayley Elwen. The lift is powered by electricity... 

Load-shedding-proof elevator  for seven-storey buildings
GEN2 SWITCH ELEVATORThe elevator is designed to continue operating despite electrical power disruptions

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 South African hoist and lift and company Wesant is increasing the capacity of its manufacturing facilities by upgrading and increasing its capital machinery, streamlining its production line, says Wesant founder Digby Wareing and the Wesant engineering team. The company is expanding its... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand
8 T ICE RINK LIFT The 8 t Ice Rink lift will carry the Rink’s Zamboni up 9.5 m

Attacq lifts FY net asset value by 20.6%

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2015 Rising interest rates had led to an increase in Attacq’s fixed interest rate debt level to 75% from 63%. Wilken stated that Attacq was also set to embark on a strategic programme to recycle capital, disposing of lower-growth mature assets and investing its capital astutely to fund higher-growth... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy 

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 To improve the sustainability of tourism in South Africa, the Department of Tourism has included renewable-energy technology in the retrofitting of key tourist attractions and State-owned destinations in the pilot phase of a Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), which will be carried out over the... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is installing a 6 MW district cooling plant that uses the cold Atlantic seawater in the harbour, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to provide cooling for the property’s Silo District development, says Carrier business development... 

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology
SMOOTH SAILING The final phase of the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is on track for completion in early 2017 at a substantial investment of R1.5-billion

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2015 Green buildings outperform their conventional counterparts by almost 30%, the IPD South Africa Annual Green Property Indicators 2014 report shows. The research report, compiled by analyst company MSCI, found that green properties delivered an ungeared total return of 12.1%, while less efficient... 

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

WBHO moves to adjust to lower commodities outlook

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2015 The slow Australian market and a declining mining sector took their toll on construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) for the year ended June 30, with operating profit sliding to R602-million, down sharply from the previous year’s R978-million. Earnings a share of continuing operations... 

Basil Read on hunt for new projects as St Helena Airport winds down

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2015 Construction group Basil Read returned to profit in 2015, but CEO Neville Nicolau indicated at a recent presentation that cash was tight and that there were also concerns about finding replacement contracts for the large-scale St Helena Airport job. The first commercial flight to the island was... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2015 Wind and solar project developer Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa on Wednesday broke ground on the adjacent Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, in the Hantam municipality, Northern Cape, which would be developed at a combined cost of R7-billion. Each of the two wind farms would have an... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms

Consortium wants another crack at BAUMA CONEXPO

4th September 2015 Having participated in bauma Africa 2013, the leading technology supplier for the precast concrete industry, Progress Group, tells Engineering News it relished the opportunity to register for this year’s event – BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA – to increase the group’s familiarity with local industries and... 

Atholl Towers scoops Green Star rating

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2015 The Atholl Towers office development, in Johannesburg, received a 5-Star Green Star SA Rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its energy and water saving initiatives. This included optimised air conditioning, a central heat recovery system and motion sensor light... 

Atholl Towers scoops Green Star rating

Poor Aus, mining markets cut WBHO’s profits, employment

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2015 The slow Australian market and a declining mining sector took their toll on construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) for the year ended June 30, with operating profit sliding to R602-million, down sharply from the previous year’s R978-million. Earnings a share of continuing operations... 

 Poor Aus, mining markets cut WBHO’s profits, employment
Louwtjie Nel

Basil Read back in the black, but cash, order book concerns

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2015 Construction group Basil Read on Friday reported that it had returned to profit, but CEO Neville Nicolau also noted that cash was tight, and that there were concerns about finding replacement contracts for the large-scale St Helena Airport job. The first commercial flight to the island was... 

Basil Read back in the black, but cash, order book concerns
Photo by Duane Daws
Neville Nicolau

More Aveng restructuring possible unless new orders secured soon

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2015 Aveng chairperson Mahomed Seedat on August 18 opened the Aveng results presentation in Johannesburg by noting that the board was “very disappointed” with the “less than satisfying results” delivered by the construction group for the year ended June 30. He said the board was determined to turn the... 

Group Five expects some improvement after ‘very disappointing 2015’

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2015 Construction company Group Five’s operating profit dropped 43% for the year ended June 30, with the sharp decline largely the result of a R224-million loss at a power project in the Eastern Cape, as well as the weak performance of the company’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) business. “It has... 

Aveng confirms big job cuts as it reports R578m loss 

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2015 Aveng chairperson Mahomed Seedat on Tuesday opened the Aveng results presentation in Johannesburg by noting that the board was “very disappointed” with the “less than satisfying results” delivered by the construction group for the year ended June 30. He said the board was determined to turn the... 

Aveng confirms big job cuts as it reports R578m loss
Photo by Duane Daws
Kobus Verster

Group Five sheds jobs, sees profit decline by 43% 

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2015 Group Five on Monday reported a 43% drop in operating profit for the year ended June 30. The sharp decline was largely the result of a R224-million loss at a power project in the Eastern Cape, as well as the weak performance of the company’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) business. “It has... 

 Group Five sheds jobs, sees profit decline by 43%
Photo by Duane Daws
Eric Vemer

Record LSFB entries for 2015 Steel Awards

14th August 2015 The record number of light steel frame building (LSFB) project entries for the 2015 Steel Awards is a sign of the growing impact that LSFB is having on the steel construction and building industries, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction... 

Record LSFB entries for 2015 Steel Awards
EXCELLENT INVESTMENT The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway in Cape Town is one of the more eye-catching entries at this year’s steel awards

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete... 

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 brief

5th August 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of South Africa’s construction sector and includes details thereof in the public and private sectors, as well as labour and skills in, and the outlook for the sector. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 brief

First-of-its-kind cogen plant fully commissioned

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter. 

First-of-its-kind cogen plant  fully commissioned
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle

Woolworths introduces green store, biodegradable mannequins

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2015 South African retailer Woolworths has launched its first RE: brand standalone store in the Menlyn shopping centre, in Pretoria, introducing a specialised mannequin produced from natural plant fibres and bioresin – a first for the South African retail environment. The retailer said the mannequins... 

Woolworths introduces green store, biodegradable mannequins

Few megaprojects come in on time and budget, global report shows

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2015 Only 25% of large construction projects surveyed in KPMG’s Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, released in June, were concluded on time and within budget over the last three years. “Every project owner wants predictability when it comes to large projects, and this is clearly not... 

V&A developments progressing well

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2015 The V&A Waterfront precinct has seen unprecedented growth, with current activity and development focused on the Silo district, which is on track for completion in early 2017 at an investment of R1.5-billion. The district was already home to the award-winning No 1 and No 2 Silo developments, as... 

V&A developments progressing well

IPP clinches $200m solar PV deal in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2015 Italian independent power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for the development of two 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Benban, Egypt. The plants, to be built at a collective cost of $200-million,... 

IPP clinches $200m solar PV deal in Egypt

Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2015 Property management company Citiq on Wednesday launched its R30-million mall-meets-market shopping centre, 27Boxes. The centre, located in Third avenue, in Melville, was built using 102 shipping containers. It hosted about 80 stores selling clothing, décor and art, as well as restaurants and... 

Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville
Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 1.7.2015

Two 50 MW solar plants to be built in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2015 Italian independent renewable-energy power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority for two 50 MW, $200-million, photovoltaic (PV) plants, in Benban, Upper Egypt. The plants, which would be built in 2016, were expected to... 

Two 50 MW solar plants to be built in Egypt

Only 25% of large construction projects finish on time, within budget – KPMG

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2015 Only 25% of large construction projects surveyed in KPMG’s Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, released on Wednesday, were concluded on time and within budget over the last three years. “Every project owner wants predictability when it comes to large projects, and this is clearly not... 

Only 25% of large construction projects finish on time, within budget – KPMG

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th June 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) plans to launch its Solar Energy Technology Roadmap, which seeks to map solar technologies and the way these fit into South Africa’s long-term energy plan, before the International Renewable Energy Conference in October. Speaking at a session at the Sustainable... 

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

South African companies gain German insight into energy efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation on an industrial energy... 

South African companies gain  German insight into energy efficiency
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency

Burj Khalifa’s chief engineer sees no technical limits to mile-high skyscrapers

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2015 The first historical document mentioning the name of the Italian village San Gimignano, dates back to the year 929. San Gimignano sits on top of a hill, 334 m above sea level, its skyline representing a quaint Tuscan Manhattan. 

Burj Khalifa’s chief engineer sees no technical limits to mile-high skyscrapers

New green-star rated USAID building opened

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2015 The US government officially opened its new, four-storey United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office, in Totius street, Pretoria, on Friday. The nearly 8 000 m2 environment-friendly building received a Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) 4-star Green Star SA... 

New green-star rated USAID building opened

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