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Green Building News

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).... 

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. 

WBHO reports 11% increase in H2 revenue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2015 Moderate growth across all Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) business segments has resulted in an 11%, or R14.7-billion, increase in revenue from continuing operations in the six months ended December 31, the JSE-listed construction company reported on Monday. The group also noted a 4% increase in... 

WBHO reports 11% increase in H2 revenue

Energy conservation key feature of Western Cape student residence

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th February 2015 Student accommodation group Stag African has started construction on a R43-million accommodation project for Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg campus, in the Western Cape.  

   Energy conservation key feature of Western Cape student residence
JOHN SCHOOLING Good student accommodation results in a significant improvement in academic performance

Inside the giant Waterfall Estate property development

By: Anine Kilian     20th February 2015 The 2 200 ha, multi billion Rand Waterfall City development currently under construction could potentially become Gauteng’s new central business district, enabling large corporates to consolidate their Johannesburg base. The land is owned by the Waterfall Islamic Institute. The Attacq Waterfall... 

Inside the giant Waterfall Estate property development

WEC Africa vice-chair calls for energy development for Africans, by Africans 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2015 Africa had the potential to be one of the biggest providers of energy in the world, but was still seen as a “good for nothing” continent, particularly with regard to US investment, World Energy Council (WEC) Africa vice-chairperson Bonang Mohale said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at the... 

WEC Africa vice-chair calls for energy development for Africans, by Africans

Weak markets, problem contracts take toll on Aveng

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2015 Construction and engineering group Aveng was faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, said CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. Continued softness in the local construction sector made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its footing. 

Weak markets, problem contracts take toll on Aveng
Kobus Verster

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector research report

16th February 2015 Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic... 

Creamer Media publishes  Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector research report

Renewable-energy projects necessitate careful planning – Birdlife SA

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 Establishing electricity generation facilities, including renewable-energy facilities, necessitates careful planning to mitigate the risk to birds, other wildlife, the natural ecosystems and area-specific habitats, says bird conservation organisation Birdlife South Africa (SA).  

Renewable-energy projects necessitate careful planning – Birdlife SA
Photo by Reuters
COLLISION RISK Birds can be killed or injured if they collide with wind turbines or associated infrastructure such as power lines

Massive commercial industry potential for solar energy

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 The renewable energy sector should focus on commercial ventures in its drive to increase the uptake of solar energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels, rather than the current industry focus on the residential sector, says renewable-energy company Green Habitat. 

Massive commercial industry potential  for solar energy
COMMERCIAL FOCUS Large shopping centres have lots of unused rooftop space where photovoltaic panels can be installed

Group Five to shed 250 jobs as SA civils market cools

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2015 Construction and engineering company Group Five planned to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, said CEO Eric Vemer on Wednesday. The restructuring would come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million. 

Group Five to shed 250 jobs as SA civils market cools
Photo by Duane Daws
Eric Vemer

Tower Property increases revenue to R118m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2015 JSE-listed Tower Property Fund’s revenue increased by 38% to R118-million for the six months ended November 30, 2014, owing to active asset portfolio management that continued to reduce operating costs. Despite “an increasingly difficult trading environment”, the fund also increased its operating... 

Tower Property increases revenue to R118m

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 South Africa is implementing stricter electricity- and water-saving regulations, which will automatically create opportunity for those operating in the green solutions industry, as companies and individuals will be forced to consider alternative heating and cooling solutions, says green building... 

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs
SOPHISTICATION The system is supported by a sophisticated automation system that enables the user to save money without compromising comfort

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 With industrial processes placing an ever-increasing demand on the environment, it is imperative for equipment manufacturers to streamline product development processes with energy conservation, energy management and the preservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable future, says... 

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability
Photo by reuters
SUSTAINABLITY The design of the coolers and condensers offers improved system efficiency and environmental responsibility by reducing water and electricity use

DoE reveals plans for revitalising SWH rebate programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2015 Shortly after having taken the reins of the national solar water heater (SWH) programme from State-owned power utility Eskom, the Department of Energy (DoE) on Thursday announced its plans to revitalise the stalled industry. Eskom exited the SWH rebate programme, which had been under way since... 

DoE reveals plans for revitalising SWH rebate programme

ACSA invests in solar energy for regional airports 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2015 Airports Company South Arica (ACSA) has called on interested parties to bid for the design of two 500 KWp photovoltaic (PV) solar plants, for installation at its Upington International and its Kimberley airports respectively. ACSA regional airports GM Yvette Schoeman told Engineering News Online... 

ACSA invests in solar energy for regional airports

DTI, Sessa hit impasse over view of SWH industry status

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2015 A debate over the impact on the industry of the local content regulations governing solar water heaters (SWHs) has heated up as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and industry body, the Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa (Sessa) stand firm on their views. The DTI this week... 

DTI, Sessa hit impasse over view of SWH industry status

Beverage manufacturer opens R70m plant near Joburg airport

23rd January 2015 US-based beverage producer Pepsi this month set up operations, with about 300 employees, at a new R70-million high-tech, custom-built headquarters at OR Tambo International Airport’s Aerotropolis precinct in Johannesburg. Pepsi, through its South African company Simba, will be headquartered at... 

Beverage manufacturer opens R70m plant near Joburg airport
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASED DEMAND While some developers are cutting down on expenditures, Krisp Properties has been registering increased demand for its OR Tambo-based office park

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