http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.14Change: -0.15
R/$ = 12.05Change: -0.20
Au 1200.03 $/ozChange: -6.12
Pt 1139.50 $/ozChange: -16.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 30, 2012

Green retrofit showcases energy savings, lifestyle benefits

Back
British High Commissioner Dame Nicola Brewer, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) executive chairperson Bruce Kerswill and GBCSA advocacy and special projects executive Sarah Rushmere on the 'Cato Manor Green Street' case study. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.7.2012.
 
 
 
Construction|DURBAN|Natal|Africa|Building|CoAL|Design|Education|Flow|Housing|Lighting|PROJECT|Projects|System|Systems|Water|Africa|South Africa|Energy|Flow|Green Building|Green-building|Green-building Solutions|Material Energy|Solutions|Systems|Environmental|Bruce Kerswill|Nicola Brewer|Power|Sarah Rushmere|Water|Insulation
Construction||Africa|Building|CoAL|Design|Education|Flow|Housing|Lighting|PROJECT|Projects|System|Systems|Water|Africa||Energy|Flow|Green Building|Green-building|Solutions|Systems|Environmental|Power|Water|Insulation
construction|durban|natal|africa-company|building|coal|design|education-company|flow-company|housing|lighting|project|projects|system|systems-company|water-company|africa|south-africa|energy|flow-industry-term|green-building-industry-term|green-building-industry-term|green-building-solutions|material-energy|solutions|systems|environmental|bruce-kerswill|nicola-brewer|power|sarah-rushmere|water|insulation
© Reuse this



A case study into a recent retrofit of 30 low-cost houses in Cato Manor, in KwaZulu-Natal, shows that material energy and water savings can be made through the use of green-building techniques, such as solar geysers, ceiling insulation and rainwater harvesting.

The study followed on from a R1.2-million project undertaken by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and funded by the British High Commission in the run-up to the recent seventeenth Conference of the Parties climate negotiations, held in Durban.

The installation of solar water heaters proved to be the most popular of the interventions made, as it provided convenient warm water to residents that previously used stoves, kettles and burners to heat their water.

Other solutions deployed included efficient compact fluorescent lighting, ceiling insulation and a rainwater harvesting system that had to be specially designed for houses that had been built without gutters.

High Commissioner Dame Nicola Brewer says the project has offered a practical demonstration of the range of socioeconomic spinoffs that can flow from such green retrofits, including improving health from the reduced burning of paraffin, coal and wood.

Speaking at the launch of the case study, Brewer, therefore, welcomed the fact that the Australian High Commission had agreed to fund the second phase of the pilot project, which will be rolled out to 26 adjacent homes in what is becoming a ‘green hub’ within the Durban township.

GBCSA advocacy and special projects executive Sarah Rushmere says the council plans to used the ‘Cato Manor Green Street’ development as a permanent demonstration of the advantages associated with green-building solutions.

Rushmere hopes the project will also begin to influence human settlement policy at a national, provincial and municipal level, as well as spur further green-street-type retrofits.

Extrapolating from the results achieved in Cato Manor, the case study calculates that, if similar retrofits were implemented across the country’s existing stock of three-million low-cost houses, power and water savings of R3-billion a year could be achieved for homeowners.

In addition, some 3.65-million person days of work could be created, 3.45-million tons of carbon dioxide could be avoided and 3 400 GWh a year of power savings could be achieved (the equivalent of one-third of Durban’s yearly consumption).

GBCSA executive chairperson Bruce Kerswill says the project has also been aligned to efforts that the South Africa council is leading on behalf of the 90-member-country World Green Building Council to design a new socioeconomic rating tool for the property sector.

The tool will seek to move beyond the existing rating schemes, which focus mainly on environmental elements, and recognise buildings for creating employment, transferring skills and improving health through the process of construction.

Hitherto, the GBCSA has focused on the commercial property milieu, where rating tools have been introduced for setting benchmarks for new green buildings, as well as retrofits.

“But the missing link was how to address the huge challenges of South Africa and Africa, and all developing countries, in dealing with poverty and unemployment, a lack of skills and education, health challenges and housing,” Kerswill explains, noting that existing tools are inadequate in these areas.

The Cato Manor project is part of evolving and pioneering efforts to begin introducing “developmental issues” into green-building rating systems.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Electricity News
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma says the independent commission of inquiry into Eskom should get to the root cause of the problems facing the power utility. In an exclusive interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday night, the President spoke...
A South African court dismissed on Friday an application by Westinghouse Electric Company to re-open the bidding process for a generator contract awarded to French rival Areva, a court official said. Westinghouse, the world's largest nuclear fuel producer and part of...
Lynne Brown
Power utility Eskom has implemented regular power cuts this year to prevent the national grid being overwhelmed, as South Africa faces its worst energy crisis in decades, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown said earlier this week, adding that power outages cost...
More
 
 
Latest News
The government of St Helena (SHG) and its Department for International Development (DFID) on Friday appointed airline Comair as the provider of air services to St Helena with the Island’s first airport opening in 2016. Comair would offer a weekly Saturday service,...
The Department of Communications (DoC) digital terrestrial television (DTT) project team was accelerating its efforts to “revive” South Africa’s long anticipated transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. After a more than six-year delay, the next few weeks...
Paul-Roux de Kock
Residential property prices are forecast to grow at 7.2% this year, on the back of 6.72% growth in 2014.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
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;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
RESOURCEFUL The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96