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Green Building News

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition
GCIP-SA top performers for 2016, Yolandi Schoeman and Martin Ackermann, with Gerswynn McKuur (left) and Paul deGive at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

Engineers set benchmark  in sustainable building
Photo by Duane Daws
GREEN STAR BUILDING The building was awarded its 4-Star Green Star Office South Africa-Namibia ‘Design’ rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa

Kenya adopts South Africa’s Green Star rating system

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) has signed a Green Star license agreement that will see it use the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star rating system and trademark in Kenya for certification of green buildings. The licence will also be used to train and accredit... 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge
STEFANO TESTI Modern-day renewable energy plants require technologically-advanced systems

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Demand for ecofriendly  paint expected to rise as building outlook improves
HYDROPHOBIC TOPCOAT The Amoriguard paint is made from processed industrial waste materials

Bulk of the industry’s future turnover to flow to black firms – WBHO

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry in February, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for the six months ended... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems
FAITH MKHACWA EnMSes are not ‘one-off’ projects, but rather need to becontinuously implemented on site

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Accounting firm PwC’s Waterfall City-based 28-storey office building, launching in February 2018, has the potential to spearhead the new central business district (CBD) of Gauteng. Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Alandale interchange on the N1 highway, the R1.5-billion skyscraper... 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

Amid sea of construction-sector red, WBHO in the black

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry over the last two weeks, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for... 

Amid sea of construction-sector red, WBHO in the black

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation 

     17th February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the agreement between government and South Africa’s construction industry to accelerate transformation in the sector. 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation
Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in  specialised product
BRETT LARSEN a.b.e. Construction Chemicals focuses on prioritising good quality standards and keeping up to date with product advancements

Green building advancing in S Africa, contributing to climate change mitigation – GBCSA

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 With 2016 reportedly the hottest year on record, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says the built environment can play a major role in climate change mitigation. Progressively more South African property investors are making positive impacts on the environment and their... 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Dube TradePort will construct the 6-km-long Hlawe river sewer pipeline, which will link the Dube TradePort precinct to the existing Tongaat Wastewater Treatment Works, service the northern part of the TradePort precinct and relieve pressure on the wastewater works. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works
DUBE TRADEPORT The Dube AgriZone is intended to act as a catalyst for high-value agribusiness in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Solar power plants planned for all domestic airports

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) plans to build solar power plants at all six of the South African airports its owns and operates by November this year. 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model S

Timber houses become tourist attraction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Thirty-two forestry workers’ timber houses at the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg, in the Western Cape, have been transformed into “eco-unit” accommodation for tourists. Work on this R14.5-million project, commissioned for conservation group CapeNature, started in April 2015 and... 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Lite-C sensors allow  for reduction in  electricity bills
AFTER INSTALLATION Lite-C sensors operate using radio frequency technology that allows input devices to communicate with and control output devices without the need for cabling over long distances

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 With such a strong business case for energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy solutions provider Johnson Controls area GM Neil Cameron says South African companies do not have an excuse for not investing in greener buildings. 

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings
NEIL CAMERON The design and manufacturing of all the equipment that Johnson Controls provides is based on constant innovation to ensure more efficiency

Programmes heighten awareness and participation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme has, among others, not only reinforced the business case for energy efficiency but also raised the bar in terms of industry’s awareness and participation, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental... 

Programmes heighten awareness and participation
DAVID MERCER ERM has identified energy savings ranging from 15% to 20% through programmes it has run in conjunction with companies in different sectors

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Property developers  shift focus to manage  economic risk
WILLIAM JOHNSTON Best practice designs that incorporate a holistic and sustainable approach to property development is becoming entrenched among South Africa developers

Sasol shows off new corporate head office 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th December 2016 The final phase of global chemicals company Sasol’s new headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, its tenth floor, was commissioned on Monday. This not only houses its group executive suites, but also hosts the company’s engagement facilities. This completes the 11-storey, 47-m-tall office complex,... 

Sasol shows off new corporate head office
Sasol project management lead Adam Sargent tells Engineering News Online about the new office. Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 06/12/16

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

Aveng nears completion on Sasol Place

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 Aveng Grinaker-LTA is nearing the completion of Sasol’s new global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton. The building is designed in an S-shape, which links the core of the building with two atriums and represents the linked particles of the Sasol logo. The internal structure of the building is... 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental policies. For instance, KBAC Flooring sales director Brandon Park points out that selecting the... 

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies
BRANDON PARKS Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for employees

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification

     11th November 2016 Cement manufacturer and supplier Lafarge South Africa (SA), in August, announced that it had recently become the only building materials company in the country to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C global certification system Global GreenTag-certified products.... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification
Photo by Lafarge South Africa
COMMUNITY OUTREACH The company's ambition is to facilitate the building of better homes

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service
CONTAINERISED SOLUTIONS ePower Holdings uses shipping containers as a battery recharging and swap centre to improve access to electricity for communities not yet electrified

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business
Gauteng Premier David Makhura launches the new Menlyn Main Central Square

Student accommodation facility on schedule for start of new academic year

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 The Hatfield Square redevelopment in Pretoria, which is currently under construction, is on track to open for reservations in January 2017, offering Pretoria’s student community a mixed-use precinct that will include modern student residences, retail and leisure facilities.  

Student accommodation facility on schedule  for start of new academic year
EXTERIOR AESTHETICS An artist’s impression of what the new Hatfield Square will look like once completed

Barloworld launches solar energy solution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Global industrial company Barloworld on Friday launched a high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solution targeted at Southern Africa’s commercial and industrial (C&I) power segment. The Cat Thin Film PV solar energy system, available in sizes ranging from 25 kW to 5 MW, can deliver up... 

Barloworld launches solar energy solution

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

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