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Six stars for Solid Green’s own offices

     27th June 2016 In another ‘first’ for the South African green building sector, Solid Green Consulting has been awarded the first 6-Star Green Star SA Interiors v1 certification for the company’s own offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Located on the second floor of an existing mixed-use commercial building on... 

INNOVATIVE & GREEN

     24th June 2016 US technology group GE officially opened its R500-million Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg earlier this month. The centre will enable the group to work collaboratively with customers and governments in the region on home-grown solutions to Africa’s many infrastructure and healthcare... 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its work on a R128-million regional office building currently under construction for the Department of Health in Bellville, Western Cape. The building, located... 

GBCSA seeks new CEO as Wilkinson announces retirement

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2016 The hunt is on for the next leader of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) after CEO Brian Wilkinson announced his early retirement plans after five years at the helm. With Wilkinson planning to step down at the end of August, GBCSA chairperson Seana Nkhahle tasked deputy chairperson... 

Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look

     6th June 2016 A mixture of Corobrik’s facebrick and paver range has been used in the construction of the vibrant Century City Square, a R1 billion project of mixed-use development that forms the heart of the Bridgeway Precinct in Cape Town.   Developed by Rabie Property Group, Century City Square forms the... 

GBCSA congratulates Tshwane on lighting the path to sustainable cities

     2nd June 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa congratulates the City of Tshwane on winning the Africa leg of the Earth Hour City Challenge for its consistent green policies. The Earth Hour City Challenge, a collaborative effort between WWF and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – aims to... 

Growthpoint introduces eco-friendly e-bikes to Sandton Central

     1st June 2016 Growthpoint Properties today introduced the first electronic bike hubs to Sandton Central in a pilot project that pioneers a new, convenient and environmentally innovative alternative mode of transport for South Africa’s financial hub. The e-bike project adds an exciting new service for... 

Woolworths Holdings Limited challenges itself to bold, Group-wide sustainability targets Good Business Journey goals set for 2020

     24th May 2016 Woolworths Holdings Limited is on an ambitious journey of continuous change in the way it does business and has put sustainability at the core of its strategy. Central to this is the setting of sustainability targets for the Group, and WHL is proud to announce its Good Business Journey goals for... 

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Nonprofit company the Concrete Society of Southern Africa is calling for nominations for its biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete.  

Makro Carnival going green 

     19th May 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. 

USAID building gets green star rating

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) new office building, in Pretoria, with a five-star rating, after improvements were made to the building. These included the installation of a solar panel grid system,... 

Sandton Central puts its best foot forward to become more pedestrian friendly

     11th May 2016 Sandton Central is taking a significant step into the future by becoming more people-friendly in keeping with leading cities worldwide. South Africa’s business capital is increasing its walkability and, at the same time, boosting the economic, health and environmental benefits for the many people... 

Green building recognition for engineering firm’s Cape Town building

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town.  

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 State-owned company the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) is partnering with the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in a municipal property development project valued at R12-billion, which aims to enhance the use of municipal-owned land within the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s)... 

Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly Blue Rock Village under way

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 The mixed-use Blue Rock Village, valued at R14-billion, is being developed by property development and management company Swisatec as an upgrade to the existing Blue Rock Resort, in Cape Town, incorporating various green aspects.  

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th April 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has passed the halfway... 

Makro store goes green  

By: Anine Kilian     14th April 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. The store, which would officially be launched on April 20, would also be the first Makro store to make use of renewable energy to... 

Kbac Flooring Donation To What Could Be S.A.'S First 'Green School'

     8th April 2016 KBAC Flooring has donated about 800 square metres of used Interface carpet tiles to South Africa's first Streetlight School which opened in Johannesburg in mid-January this year. The Streetlight School project has been registered for a 4-Star Green Star SA Interiors rating with the Green Building... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The weakening rand has negatively affected the finances needed to complete the hospital. 

The Ultimate Challenge For A Quantity Surveyor: Building Almost Entirely With Scrap Materials

     6th April 2016 For many centuries, quantity surveyors were regarded as financial managers for conventional building projects. But the 'green revolution' has changed all that. Nowadays, a  quantity surveyor has to be able to control costs for the most unusual type of structure - even one built almost entirely... 

Green Building Convention comes to Joburg in 2016

     5th April 2016 Green Building Council South Africa has announced that its ninth Green Building Convention will also be its first to take place in Johannesburg. South Africa’s flagship green building and sustainability event is set for 26-29 July 2016 at Sandton Convention Centre, in the heart of the country’s... 

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). 

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. 

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).  

Sandton is an epicentre for green building in Africa

     31st March 2016 Home to a burgeoning list of green buildings – including some of the largest and most cutting edge on the continent – Sandton Central and the broader Sandton node is an epicentre for green building in Africa. Now Sandton Central’s landmark Sandton Convention Centre has been selected to host the... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects  

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th March 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has already passed the... 

Growthpoint undertakes its largest solar power projects yet and furthers its COP 21 commitment to boost its renewable energy generation

     30th March 2016 With seven solar farms successfully generating renewable energy at its buildings across South Africa, Growthpoint Properties is now embarking on its largest rooftop solar installations yet. Growthpoint, the largest South African primary listed REIT (real estate investment trust), is undertaking... 

Orion hotel partners with Best Western 

     24th March 2016 South African hotel group Orion Hotels has officially joined US hotel chain Best Western Hotels and Resorts as its local franchisee. 

Push to supply longer-term lodgings  

By: Malusi Mkhize     24th March 2016 Housing and building construction system company Moladi believes mining companies, which are currently dealing with the commodities downturn, should invest in longer-term building solutions for the purpose of on-site accommodation, as opposed to more traditional prefabricated modular buildings.... 

South Africa a green building frontrunner 

     16th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Natasha Odendaal about the possibility of South Africa becoming a global green market leader in the next three years. 

Arup drives innovation and green building industry firsts

     16th March 2016 Arup appreciates that sustainability can be used to find better ways to resolve the challenges facing clients by using our technical expertise to deliver bold, sustainable solutions which consider the whole-life costs and make commercial sense. The firm increases its sustainability influence... 

S Africa punches above its weight in green building 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2016 South Africa is fast becoming a frontrunner in green building and, if its current commitment to green activity continues, the country will be a leader in the global green market in the next three years, a new report has revealed. South Africa had the highest proportion of green building projects... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments. Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Renu Partners With County Ford To Build The Greenest Ford Dealership In South Africa

     10th March 2016 County Ford has set the bar exceptionally high when it comes to green building, and Renu was integral in ensuring that their first green dealership project was a huge success. County Ford was looking for a partner that could offer them a turnkey solution covering their Solar PV, hot water, LED... 

Monte Circle: the most attractive office park in Fourways

     8th March 2016 Businesses looking for A-grade office space in the highly desirable Fourways node need look no further than Monte Circle for their new premises. Monte Circle is an attractive new office park located just off William Nicol drive, across the road from the Montecasino complex. Developed by Abland,... 

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