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Green Building News

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... 

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. 

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... 

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