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Green Building

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand
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RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

PPS building achieves high green rating

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Financial services company Professional Provident Society (PPS) has been awarded the five-star Green Star SA rating for Phase 1 of its Centurion Square office development - one of the highest ratings given – by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  

PPS building achieves  high green rating
RUSTED FACADE Rusted steel facade can easily be melted down and allows for a greener approach

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... 

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

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.

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

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... 

Construction started on hydro project

     12th December 2014 Hydropower developer NuPlanet Project Development achieved financial close and started construction last month on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydro project near Clarens, in the Free State. The project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under bid window two of the government’s Renewable Energy... 

Renewable power a major energy growth source

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s population, in sub-Saharan Africa... 

Skills development essential for REIPPPP

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Although already late in reaching financial close, Round 3 projects of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have been further delayed and Round 4 announcements are uncertain, owing to grid constraints and State-owned utility... 

Skills development essential for REIPPPP
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PERFECT TIMING The insecurity of stable supply and the appropriate load profiles means that rooftop photovoltaic (PV) is in the perfect position for tremendous growth

Specialised equipment used for wind turbine transportation

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Heavy transportation and lifting provider ALE is playing a vital role in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, owing to the development of smarter solutions that are mitigating the challenges created by the increasing size and weight of wind turbines and the associated components. ALE was... 

Going green is now mainstream for building design

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 While there may have been initial uncertainty in the construction industry in terms of making buildings more sustainable – in line with the Green Star South Africa ratings – the practice of doing so has become “business as usual”, says consulting engineers WSP Group commercial director Simon Berry. 

Management systems to ‘green’ buildings

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 Energy management is being considered an integral part of any organisation and an important consideration to any corporate budget if implemented correctly into a company’s business strategy, says facilities management provider Servest South Africa and Africa COO Steve Wallbanks. 

Mind shift needed for sustained energy efficiency

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 To alleviate the constant pressures of environmental consideration, US technology group Johnson Controls has developed a seven-step process for Central Plant Optimisation (CPO), which can deliver sustained energy savings of up to 60%. 

Green alternative should gain significant market share

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) range of fence droppers from PVC and high-density polyethylene water reticulation, drainage pipe and fitting systems expert DPI Plastics is expected to gain measurable market share during 2013. "DPI Plastics has developed a strong reputation over the decades as a... 

Property company pushes green-building agenda

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 The trend towards green building and the concept of greening existing buildings have been slow to take off in South Africa, as it is a voluntary exercise, says property investment holding company Growthpoint Properties, utilities Essop Basha. “There is not a massive demand for green space and,... 

R1.15m Phase 2 under way at Cato Manor

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 Phase 2 of the Cato Manor retrofit project, which was launched in Durban, will result in 26 low-income houses being retrofitted and it aims to illustrate the benefits of low-emission developments, including the socioeconimic benefits to the community, says Australian High Commission in South... 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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... 

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.


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. 

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... 

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