R/€ = 16.69 Change: -0.08
R/$ = 16.37 Change: -0.17
Au 1775.95 $/oz Change: -12.63
Pt 936.00 $/oz Change: -26.00

Green Building

Firm identifies sustainability megaforces that will affect business

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 Business has, over the past 20 years, recognised how it impacts on the world, but only recently has it become evident how the world affects the way in which companies do business, reports professional services firm KPMG. 

Organisation says efficiency initiatives a success

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) reports that its Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) programme and the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement (IEE) project have achieved some successes since their inception. 

Company seeks further carbon footprint reduction technologies

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 Mailstream company Pitney Bowes South Africa is engaging with its overseas partners to find more ways in which its products can contribute to the reduction of its customers’ carbon footprints. 

Solar project well under way

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 The completion of the construction of the single-roof photovoltaic solar array at telecommunications group Vodacom’s Century City building, in Cape Town, is well under way but with some expected delays as a result of adverse weather. “The completion of the project has been slightly delayed... 

Company strives to make sustainability an extension of its values

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 Almost 40 years ago, diversified technology company 3M recognised that doing business in new, smarter ways would be essential in order to reduce the impact of its manufacturing processes on the environment. 

Audit in place to ensure quality environment-friendly construction projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 To ensure the quality and environmental benefits of member products, the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) continues to monitor its members through yearly Shreq audits, which focus on the safety, health, road transport, environmental and quality aspects of materials used in the... 

Green building industry sees increase in existing building retrofits

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 As green building techniques become pervasive and grow to be standard practice, the benefits that can be realised from revitalising and retrofitting ageing building stock will encourage more refurbishments of existing buildings using green building principles. 

Green building conference now conducted on a modular basis 

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 This year, media and events company Alive2green’s Green Building Conference, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on July 25 and 26, will have four modules, each with a distinct focus, director Gordon Brown tells Engineering News. 

Phase 2 of green street project to be undertaken

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Following the successful completion of the first phase of South Africa’s first green street retrofit project in Cato Manor, in Durban, a second phase will now be undertaken, reports Green Building Council of South Africa socioeconomic & advocacy consultant Sarah Rushmere. 

Manufacturer grows green products range

6th April 2012 Sealant manufacturer Den Braven South Africa reports that it is producing a growing number of green sealants and adhesives. 

Green hospital completed three months ahead of schedule

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Architectural firm ACG Architects & Development Planners has, in joint association with architectural and design firm Ngonyama Okpanum Associates, completed work on a new R400-million hospital, which incorporates green building measures, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, three months ahead of schedule. 

Companies realising benefit of green label

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Companies are realising that they need to differentiate themselves from other businesses by promoting greener business practices, and part of this is developing or renting green building space, says engineering consultancy WSP GREEN by DESIGN sustainable building consultant Alison Groves. 

Programme aims to create competitive green industry in SA

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is undertaking a number of projects in an effort to contribute to a competitive and sustainable green industry in South Africa. 

Consultancy urges industry to self-regulate environmental compliance

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Companies should implement self-regulation programmes to mitigate the increasing environmental compliance pressures facing industry, says environmental consultancy Environmental Assurance (Envass) director Emile van Druten. 

COP 17 carbon footprinting contract awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup has been contracted by the eThekwini municipality to assist in calculating the carbon footprint of the seventeenth international Conference of the Parties (COP17) event, which will be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9. 

Environment-friendly companies save more money – consultancy

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Many firms believe that establishing environment-friendly operations is an expensive and time-consuming task; however, the operational savings these companies can achieve through the implementation of green strategies can offset the initial investment, says environmental consultants and advisory... 

New CEO to continue driving environmental sustainability adoption

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has appointed Brian Wilkinson as CEO, effective July, following founding CEO Nicola Milne’s decision to step down. 

Car manufacturer building green

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is continuing its drive to ensure its dealerships become more environment-friendly, starting with the development of a new ‘green’ premises for its head office. 

Moving towards an energy efficient industry

12th August 2011 Energy efficiency for local industry remains a fairly ‘green’ pasture for many local companies that cannot draw from experience gained internationally, as is the benefit with globally-represented companies. A lack of knowledge, skills, mentorship, and the lengthy processes legislation has to... 

Council developing new rating tool

By: Dimakatso Motau     1st April 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is developing an energy and water benchmarking rating tool for existing buildings. 

Business leaders call for more green buildings in Cape Town

By: Dimakatso Motau     1st April 2011 Business-led initiative Accelerate Cape Town says the call to move towards the construction of green buildings in the city, forms part of the increasing awareness of the need to protect the environment and mitigate climate change.  

Manufacturer focuses on sustainability of buildings

1st April 2011 Well-planned heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and other mechanical engineering systems are essential to making a building sustainable throughout its life cycle. 

Consultancy to complete R500m contract by midyear

By: Dimakatso Motau     1st April 2011 The new Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) headquarters, which are pursuing a rating from the UK’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), in Ebene, outside the capital Port Louis, is nearing completion, reports engineering and management consultancy firm Arup.  

R1,4bn project nearing completion

By: Dimakatso Motau     1st April 2011 The R1,4-billion Absa Towers West green building project, in Marshalltown, Johannesburg, is expected to be complete and fitted out in April. The environmental and sustainability consultancy WSP Green by Design reports that some 2 000 Absa employees have already moved into offices in the building. 

R150m green building project under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Global engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon reports that is consolidating its Cape Town operations from three separate buildings into a single location.  

A third rating tool in the pipeline for SA

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) reports that it has recently started developing a new Green Star SA rating tool for Multi-Unit Residential buildings with a targeted pilot launch in December. 

Sanral’s head office to be completed by March 2011 

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Architectural and interior designer company Activate Architecture has been contracted to design the new South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) R104-million head office, in Pretoria. Construction company GD Irons Construction is the main contractor for this project. Construction... 

Association’s KZN offices go green

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Bruce Clark Associate Architects (BCAA) is currently in the final stages of completing the upgrade the Master Builders Association’s (MBA’s) offices, in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal. The MBA represents contractors operating in the building industry. 

Energy saving technology ensures sustainability

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI reports that it has completed a contract for the design and construction of the Maize Trust in Pretoria. 

Green building goes beyond construction 

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 Green building has a positive impact on a number of factors besides simply water and electricity savings. The expansion of green building principles can impact on the ecosystem of an entire city, says PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA)Consulting Engineers green building initiative coordinator... 

Green Star application submitted for Sandton development

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 An application to the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the design category of the Green Star SA Office-rating version one certification has been submitted for the Nedbank phase two head office, in Sandton. 

management takes on green

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 International property consultant Colliers International property and facilities management CEO Bill Ward tells Engineering News that green building designs need to take into account the practicalities of running and maintaining buildings in the future. 

Development aims for KwaZulu-Natal’s first 
Green Star SA rating

14th August 2009 The Lincoln on the Lake project being jointly developed by JSE listed property company Growthpoint Properties, the Louis group and Key Developments aims to be the first Green Star SA Office-rating office building in Kwazulu-Natal.


1 2
RSS Feed


Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now