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Green Building News

Green building council hopes to launch pilot rating tool for shopping centres in Oct  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd June 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has started work on the second suite of Green Star SA rating tools, for retail buildings and shopping centres, with some R1,5-million in funding raised to develop the tool. Funding has been made available by a group of stakeholders, namely... 

4m work opportunities target ‘a conservative estimate’

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2009 A total of R4,1-billion would be spent between now and the end of March 2012 on an expanded public works programme (EPWP) fiscal incentive to support infrastructure projects funded by provinces and municipalities, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge reported on Thursday. Delivering his Budget... 

SA construction industry's health and safety statistics in need of revamp – CIDB  

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2009 Construction sector health and safety numbers had not been improving in tandem with the industry, said Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) construction industry performance programme manager Dr Rodney Milford at Thursday's launch of the CIDB health and safety report, held in Tshwane.... 

Code to monitor building’s environmental performance launched 

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2009 Monitoring the environmental performance of a building in South Africa just got easier, with the launch of the first global Environmental Code for corporate real estate in the country. The Investment Property Databank (IPD) launched the code in Sandton on Wednesday evening, and emphasised the... 

AfDB invests R100m into clean-energy private equity fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R100-million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first Southern Africa-focused private equity fund specialising in the areas of clean-energy and sustainable technologies.  

Green building becoming a mainstream global norm – council

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th May 2009 Globally, during construction and life-cycle, buildings consumed between 40% and 50% of the world’s energy produced, about 30% of resources, 20% of available water, and emit about 23% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than any other single sector. Buildings also produced about 30%... 

Office developers clamber for green-building accreditation, despite the crisis and higher costs

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd May 2009 Although there is no Green Star SA rated and certified property development in South Africa as yet, all the signs point to a built-environment industry that is beginning to take up the challenge of environmentally sound development, and one that is increasingly willing to transform. 

Midrand’s Zonk’izizwe Town Center chosen as climate-positive project 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 The multi-billion Zonk’izizwe Town Center, an Old Mutual Property Investment’s mixed-use development in Midrand, was chosen as one of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme (CPDP). The programme was a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme supporting the... 

Menlyn Maine strives to cut on-site carbon emissions to below zero

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2009 A new mixed-use development in Pretoria, , Menlyn Maine, was on Tuesday announced as one of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme, which supported the concept of real estate developments that strive to reduce the amount of on-site carbon dioxide emissions to below... 

Green building material verification tool launched in SA

By: Jade Davenport     8th May 2009 Africa’s first Internet-based green-building product-verification tool was launched in Cape Town late last month. 

SA launches 2010 Sustainability Awards

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th May 2009 The 2010 Sustainability Awards, recognising exceptional public service projects with an emphasis on sustainable development, were launched at the Development Bank of Southern Africa in Midrand on Thursday. Officially launching the awards was 2010 FIFA World Cup local organising committee (LOC)... 

Green building council to start work on Green Star SA retail rating tool

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th April 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) on Tuesday said it was looking for members to form a technical working group, which would work on the development of the Green Star South Africa retail rating tool. This would follow the model of the already established rating tool for office... 

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