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Oct 21, 2009
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The second phase of Nedbank’s head office in Sandton had been certified as South Africa’s first Green Star building under the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBSA’s) Office v1 rating tool, the company said on Wednesday. The building, to be completed by...
Oct 16, 2009
State power utility Eskom confirmed in early October that electricity demand was starting to return to levels last witnessed ahead of the economic recession. The supply/demand balance - which eased materially in late 2008 and in the first half of this year, as mines...
Oct 02, 2009
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Despite South Africa’s plentiful supply of solar irradiation, the cheap cost of coal-fired power, compared with relatively expensive renewable-energy technologies, has meant that the uptake of these technologies is slow. To date, there has been little incentive to...
Oct 02, 2009
Cement producer Afrisam continues to make an effort to reduce is carbon footprint and move toward sustainable, environment friendly cement production, following its announcement to introduce a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating ‘stamp’ that will appear on every...
Sep 25, 2009
Aluminum can contribute to the growing green building market as it is a sustainable material, and is easily and frequently recycled reports the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa).
Sep 16, 2009
The University of Fort Hare was extending its East London Campus, with what was hailed an “undoubtedly twenty-first century initiative”, which would focus on green building design and sustainability. Grinaker-LTA has been awarded the R56-million building contract,...
Sep 11, 2009
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Architectural design specialist Shaun Killa, whose integration of sustainable design into the Bahrain World Trade Centre, among other projects, has gained him international acclaim, would address delegates in Cape Town at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s...
Sep 04, 2009
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be opening the SymbioCity seminar – focusing on the Swedish project of the same name that promotes holistic and sustainable urban development by finding synergies in urban functions and unlocking their efficiency and...
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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.
Aug 14, 2009
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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...
Aug 14, 2009
An application to the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the design category of the Green Star SA Office-rating version one certification has been submitted for the Nedbank phase two head office, in Sandton.
Aug 13, 2009
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said that even in a global economic slowdown, the trend towards sustainable development and green building continued to gain momentum. Experts indicated that green buildings attract better tenants, can be...
Jul 17, 2009
Global energy management company Schneider Electric has announced the debut of Energy University, a vendor-neutral, online educational community that provides the fundamentals needed to implement successful energy efficient solutions scaling various applications.

Jul 17, 2009
The installation of water-saving showerheads can save households significant amounts of money on their water and electricity bills reports environmental sustainability solutions company Eternally Solar.
Jul 10, 2009
China-based Sustainability & Innovation international team leader Tiffany Tsui said this week that an “active civil society” would be South Africa’s biggest driving force in promoting green building. She said that she was “impressed by the civil society...
Jul 10, 2009
The Villa Mall, east of Pretoria, is aiming for a five-star environmental rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, which is currently developing a Green Star rating tool for the retail sector.

The Villa Mall is being developed by Capicol, and the...
Jul 03, 2009
Local and international green building experts would be sharing their knowledge of green building and environmentally sustainable building practices at the conference and exhibition, which would be held at the Sandton convention centre on July 7...
Jul 03, 2009
Local architects said that there was a strong need for mid-career practitioners to engage in a stimulating design refresher course in South Africa.
Jun 30, 2009
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The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), which was established in January this year, has chosen to locate its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. This choice was also said to mark the first time that an international organisation has chosen a Middle...
Jun 26, 2009
The ‘masterplan’ for the new mixed-use green development of Cradle City, has been approved by the councils of the City of Johannesburg and Mogale City, and discussions regarding service delivery are set to start.
Jun 25, 2009
H.E. Dr. Veerasak Jinarat, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand has been on an official visit to Johannesburg and Cape Town in June to promote bi-lateral trade between the Kingdom of Thailand and South Africa.
Jun 22, 2009
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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...
Jun 17, 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...
Jun 11, 2009
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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...
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 02, 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.
May 26, 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....
May 22, 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...
May 20, 2009
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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)...
May 19, 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...
May 08, 2009
Africa’s first Internet-based green-building product-verification tool was launched in Cape Town late last month.
May 07, 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...
Apr 28, 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...
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