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Green Building News

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... 

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

Bokpoort CSP plant to start early next year 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th June 2015 Riyadh-based water and power developer Acwa Power will start operations at its 50 MW molten salt solar project in the Northern Cape in 2016. The company said on Thursday that the Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project, in Groblershoop, near Upington, was currently in... 

Bokpoort CSP plant to start early next year

UJ solar car to cross into Namibia, Botswana in June 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd June 2015 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar-powered Ilanga II car, will be the first of its kind to cross into Namibia and Botswana on June 18. This formed part of the 2015 African Solar Drive, covering 4 160 km, which aside from the adventure of the drive, sought to be an... 

UJ solar car to cross into Namibia, Botswana in June

Feed-in tariffs can add alternative-energy momentum, says Solarcentury

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2015 Owing to the power crunch and rising power costs in South Africa, there is significant interest from commercial and light industrial users to offset their energy consumption using alternative energy systems. A key requirement to bolster commercial and residential alternative- and renewable-... 

Feed-in tariffs can add alternative-energy momentum, says Solarcentury
GARETH WARNER South Africa should open up the energy generation space to bolster its economy and help secure more energy to meet current and future demand

GBCSA awards 100th Green Star rating to Growthpoint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th May 2015 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties’ Kirstenhof Office Park, in Johannesburg, has become the hundredth building in South Africa to achieve a Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), securing a 5-Star Green Star: Existing Building Performance Pilot (EBP)... 

GBCSA awards 100th Green Star rating to Growthpoint

Residential property developer opens lasting resting place for the dead

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2015 JSE-listed residential property developer Calgro M3 Holdings’ subsidiary, Calgro M3 Memorial Parks has diversified its portfolio by officially launching its first memorial park, in Nasrec, near Soweto. This is the first development of its kind by Calgro M3 in what it said promised to fulfil a... 

Residential property developer opens lasting resting place for the dead
NASREC MEMORIAL PARK

Civil engineering bargaining council’s dispute resolution centre opens

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2015 The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies. 

Stefanutti earnings rise on recovery plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2015 Construction group Stefanutti Stocks has posted a rise in earnings as its recovery plan kicked in during the year ended February 28, 2015. “Although the tough market conditions in the Southern African construction industry prevailed during the past year, we have had a particularly successful year... 

Stefanutti earnings rise on recovery plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Significant changes are currently under way in the concrete industry, with amendments being made to design codes, construction standards, material specifications and test methods for concrete, says technical services provider to the cement and concrete industry, The Concrete Institute (TCI).... 

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body
CHANGING CONSTRUCTION CODESIndustry specifications in the construction industry ensure that the public and the company overseeing construction are protected

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

Civil engineering dispute resolution centre open for business

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2015 The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies. 

Civil engineering dispute resolution centre open for business

WWF-SA moves into new Joburg home  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2015 WWF-SA will officially launch its new green premises, on the corner of Melle and De Korte streets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, next month, following the refurbishment of an existing building in January.  

WWF-SA moves into new Joburg home
WWF-SA moves into new Joburg home

Redefine concludes Leaf Capital deal, emphasises value of green buildings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd April 2015 JSE-listed Redefine Properties on Thursday said it had completed the R4.1-billion acquisition of the Leaf Capital portfolio of properties, a deal which significantly boosted the company’s Western Cape office portfolio. This included Black River Park, which offered 74 000 m² of office space,... 

Redefine concludes Leaf Capital deal, emphasises value of green buildings

WSP earns Gauteng’s first existing building performance green star

22nd April 2015 WSP Green by Design, a division of construction company WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa, achieved Gauteng’s first 3 Star Green Star rating under the Existing Building Performance (EBP) pilot rating tool for its WSP House, in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The Green Building Council of South Africa... 

WSP earns Gauteng’s first existing building performance green star

Rooftop solar is the way forward – power management company

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.  

Rooftop solar is the  way forward – power management company
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future

‘All hands on deck’ needed for energy efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 Energy efficiency requires a complex approach that should be initiated and implemented across the supply chain, from production to the consumer, said State-owned entity the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) senior manager for energy efficiency Barry Bredenkamp during... 

‘All hands on deck’  needed for  energy efficiency
Photo by Duane Daws
BARRY BREDENKAMP The number one priority of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of large-scale electricity generation is gathering data

Group Five HQ awarded fourth GBCSA rating 

By: Natalie Greve     15th April 2015 In recognition of its environmental sustainability, the new head office of construction major Group Five, located at the Waterfall Estate, in Midrand, has achieved both a Design and As Built 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA),... 

Group Five HQ awarded fourth GBCSA rating

Utility costs, refurbishment contribute to green building

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 Increasing utility costs and office building owners having to differentiate their service offering to secure tenants during the current tough economic climate will promote growth in the green building sector of South Africa, particularly in the green refurbishment of existing buildings, says the... 

Utility costs, refurbishment contribute to green building
MITIGATING A NATION'S CHALLENGES Green building initiatives address many of South Africa’s environmental and energy challenges, such as electricity and water shortages

New green building completed in heart of Joburg

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 The World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) will next month officially launch its new green premises, on the corner of Melle and De Korte streets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, following the conclusion of the 14-month-long refurbishment of an existing building in January. WWF-SA business... 

New green building completed  in heart of Joburg
WWF BUILDING, BRAAMFONTEIN Except for the façade, the original WWF building was deconstructed brick by brick, with every brick being used in the construction of the new building

Developer exceeds project’s recycled material targets

3rd April 2015 Construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts exceeded State-owned freight logistics company Transnet’s recycled material target for the revamp of the City Deep container terminal, in Johannesburg, having processed more than 35 000 m2 of the terminal’s old concrete and almost 65 000 m2 of... 

Retailer continues sustainability drive 

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 South African retailer Massmart is continuing to improve the operating efficiency of its stores by adopting more sustainable technologies, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and daylight harvesting cells for lighting, rainwater harvesting for water supply and evaporative cooling technology for... 

Retailer continues sustainability drive
South African retailer Massmart group sustainability manager Alexander Haw discusses the group’s sustainability initiatives.

GBCSA adopts green-product certification scheme

By: David Oliveira     2nd April 2015 Sustainable product certification provider Global GreenTag’s green-product rating and certification system, Green Tag, which is used internationally to assess the environmental attributes of products, has been acknowledged by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a valuable... 

Green building on Africa city development agenda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th March 2015 With cities contributing about 70% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, but only occupying 2% of land, sustainability has become one of the most significant drivers for growth, and would become entrenched in building design and occupier requirements. This was one of the... 

Green building on Africa city development agenda
An artist's impression of One Airport Square, Ghana

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis

By: Dylan Slater     6th March 2015 If a third of all South African households implemented renewable-energy power solutions, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines, State-owned power utility Eskom’s current capacity issues could be alleviated, says Port Elizabeth-based alternative power solutions company Kestrel... 

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis
RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFIT A significant benefit of the grid-connected system is its ability to feed excess electricity back into the national grid

Water professionals agree: South African cities can achieve water excellence 

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 South Africa and many other developing nations had an opportunity to leapfrog conventional inefficient water systems and lead the way in achieving water-sensitive urban areas, announced Monash University water engineering professor Ana Deletic at the launch of the Water Research Commission’s... 

Water professionals agree: South African cities can achieve water excellence
Dhesigan Naidoo discusses water sensitive design.

Shipping containers converted into student housing 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2015 Property management company Citiq has officially opened its Umhlanga Junction Extension, a 75-bed student apartment block, in Brixton, built entirely from shipping containers. Situated in Caroline Street, the striking building was erected within two months. “We believe Brixton has amazing... 

Shipping containers converted into student housing

Compact housing launched onto national market

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market. 

Compact housing launched onto national market
MODULAR DESIGN The small cabin is premade in Rustic Homes’s factory in Elgin, about 70 km south-east of Cape Town

Aveng seeking to navigate through weak infrastructure, commodities cycle

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2015 Construction and engineering group Aveng has been faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, says CEO Kobus Verster. Continued softness in the local construction sector has made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its footing. 

Group Five pares back civils unit amid subdued outlook

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2015 Construction and engineering company Group Five plans to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, says CEO Eric Vemer. The restructuring will come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million. 

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