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Green Building News

Businesses embracing energy and carbon action plans

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Uptake of the challenge of implementation corporate energy and carbon management strategies has taken some time, but businesses are now increasingly putting into place aggressive energy and carbon action plans, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental Resource Management... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Programme provides in-depth understanding to boost green industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Owing to the continuous development and application of new technology in the green industry, training and research provider Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises at UP) will present the biannual ten-day Programme in Environmental Management under the auspices of the Centre for... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

GBCSA reaches 250 green buildings certification milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has issued 250 green building certifications in Africa, with the first school to achieve a Green Star rating representing a new milestone for the organisation that had entered its tenth year of operation. This followed the achievement by Streetlight... 

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Greening Africa’s cities could reverse some of the impact of urbanisation – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 A fast urbanising Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities, leaving the continent at risk of locking itself into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient and welfare-reducing, a new World Bank report has revealed.... 

National English Literary Museum obtains green building rating

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 The National English Literary Museum, in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Public Education Building v1 As-Built rating – a first for South Africa. The museum was built by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Department of Arts and Culture at a cost... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Aggregate  recycling to  benefit industry
NICO PIENAAR Recycling of aggregates will become an important means of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying and construction

Earthworks for 42 500 m2 office to start in August

     26th May 2017 Bulk earthworks for the 42 500 m2 property that hosts auditing and consulting firm Deloitte South Africa’s new Gauteng office is excepted to start in August, with construction expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Property development company Atterbury announced last month that it... 

Earthworks for 42 500 m2 office to start in August
ULTRA MODERN The premises has capacity for about 5 000 people and will consolidate Deloitte’s current Woodmead and Pretoria offices in a single central location

Balwin delivers solid year-end results, sustains property demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2017 Residential property developer Balwin Properties has achieved a solid financial performance in the year ended February 28, with headline earnings a share and earnings a share up by 7% to 141c. The group’s profit for the period improved by 18% year-on-year to R661-million, while revenue rose 30%... 

Balwin delivers solid year-end results, sustains property demand
Balwin CEO Stephen Brookes

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is increasingly being taken off-grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry.  

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

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.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

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
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