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WSP celebrates 1 million m2 of Certified Green Space in Africa

18th June 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, is celebrating a milestone million square meters (1 million m2) of Certified Green Space in Africa. WSP sustainability consultants and engineers have been hard at work for over a decade; setting... 

Agrément South Africa officially launched as a Public Works entity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday launched technical agency Agrément South Africa as a fully-fledged legal entity of the Department of Public Works (DPW).  

Entrenched player furthers green building

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam believes that it is important for all industry roleplayers to play an active role in furthering green sustainability initiatives in the built environment, and the company is pursuing this through partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, says... 

Green awareness facilitates product uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 There has been an increase in the number of green projects in the country, which is an indication that South Africans are becoming more conscious of sustainability for the future, says sealant technology provider Den Braven Sealants national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg. He posits... 

Green building requires holistic approach

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 With the current water shortage in the Western Cape having encouraged efficient water use and proactive ways of saving water, building industry representative the Joint Building Contacts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz says a similar attitude should be pursued regarding green building in the... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Raubex Renovo Brings Mall Glamour To Cameroon

11th June 2018 A modern shopping mall, complete with convention centre and cinemas, will grace Cameroon’s financial capital city of Douala by the end of 2019 – and South African turnkey specialist Raubex Renovo is making it happen. The €45 million Douala Grand Mall is part of a larger development that will... 

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre Goes Green

11th June 2018 SA’s largest retail shopping centre awarded a star c for the second time The newly completed and largest retails shopping centre in South Africa’s, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, part of the Pareto Group, has been awarded a 4 -star Green Star Retail Design rating by the Green Building Council of... 

Rics, GBCSA sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). With smart urbanism and sustainability the overall theme at this year’s Rics Summit Africa, the MoU represents a commitment by both... 

Developers break ground on R3bn Sandton Gate precinct development

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 Joint developers on the Sandton Gate precinct project, Abland and Tiber, have broken ground on Phase 1 of the development, with the start of bulk earthworks. Phase 1 will include 15 500 m² of commercial space, 13 000 m² of P-grade office space and a 2 500 m² gym positioned on the piazza level of... 

Efficient, Sustainable And Effective Facilities Management

30th May 2018 A well-maintained facility is imperative for any business. Poor working conditions lead to a decline in the health and motivation of staff members, which, in turn, leads to a decline in productivity and profitability. Facilities that are not properly cared for can potentially result in the ‘sick... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

Concor Buildings Delivering Fast Track Student Accommodation Project

9th May 2018 Concor Buildings is synonymous with delivering fast track projects to the desired quality, on time and most importantly within budget. Martin Muller, contracts manager at Concor Buildings, ascribes this characteristic as one of the reasons why the company secured the contract to construct the new... 

Growthpoint Properties issues maiden $425m eurobond, lists on JSE green bond segment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has successfully priced its inaugural US dollar-dominated eurobond, the proceeds of which will be used to fund its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  

PentaFloor Sponsorship at the new GBCSA Offices

19th April 2018 When the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) outgrew its offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, a call for sponsorships was sent out requesting contributions from industry to assist with the fitout of the new offices in Rosebank. PentaFloor stepped up with a generous contribution of... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa?

23rd March 2018 The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) with the mandate of leading transformation toward a civilization that is socially just,... 

Growthpoint starts excavation work for Rosebank office development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties has started the excavation process for the 35 000 m2 144 Oxford premium-grade office development in Rosebank, Gauteng, with the project expected to be completed in October 2019.  

WSP achieves EDGE Preliminary Certification for Balwin’s Polo Fields

27th February 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project, The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future... 

HVAC&R event breaks records

23rd February 2018 The international Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) set six all-time records, including more than 72 000 attendees and 49 995 registered visitors. The 70th edition of the world’s largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) marketplace... 

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

ASHRAE speakers confirmed for FRIGAIR 2018

9th February 2018 FRIGAIR 2018 will once again fly in three world-class ASHRAE speakers to present topical short courses during the show. Register now and earn CPD points. The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) and the exhibition organisers are proud to announce that industry... 

World-class speakers confirmed for exhibition

2nd February 2018 Africa’s only dedicated heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trade exhibition FRIGAIR expo will fly in three world-class American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) speakers to present topical short courses during the show. The... 

Oxford Parks Precinct, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 Intaprop is buidling a mixed use development adjacent to Rosebank in Johannesburg. 

Green building improvements needed to meet Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 The energy intensity per square metre of buildings need to improve by 30% by 2030 to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s ‘Global Status Report 2017’ has revealed. The report, released on Monday, found that total floor area reached an estimated... 

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

Green Building... Green Cleaning... Green Washing?

4th December 2017 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd In today’s facilities management (FM) market, achieving Green Building Status has become vital. According to Matt Sena’s Green Industry Analysis 2017; “Green industry practices not only enjoy favorable public sentiment and the psychic income of a lower... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Concor Buildings Secures Phase 1 Of Oxford Parks

21st November 2017 Concor Buildings has secured the contract for the construction of Phase 1 of Oxford Parks. Situated at 199 Oxford Road, the entire Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this prestigious project will comprise four buildings totalling approximately 34,000 m2 and will include the new Johannesburg head office for... 

Double-Header For Concor In SA Best Projects Awards

9th November 2017 Concor has made a great showing in the 17th annual Construction World Best Projects competition, showcasing excellence in the South African building and civil engineering sectors. Experienced members of the construction fraternity judge the awards, which are hosted by Crown Publications, the... 

Double-Header For Concor In Sa Best Projects Awards

9th November 2017 Concor has made a great showing in the 17th annual Construction World Best Projects competition, showcasing excellence in the South African building and civil engineering sectors. Experienced members of the construction fraternity judge the awards, which are hosted by Crown Publications, the... 

Paragon is a double winner at GIfA 2017 Awards

8th November 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Johannesburg was a double winner at the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA) Awards held on Thursday 28 September 2017. Paragon clinched an Award of Merit for Alice Lane 3, an office building on the corner of Alice... 

Solar switch flipped at WesBank and FNB’s Fairland campus

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2017 WesBank and First National Bank’s (FNB’s) 150 000 m2 campus, based in Fairland, Johannesburg, has officially switched on on 7 647 reflective photovoltaic cells across 1 010 parking, helping reduce the campus’s carbon footprint by 2 700 t/y. At peak efficiency, this system can generate 1.99 MW. 

Innovative fit-out boosts ‘green’ status of GE Africa Innovation Centre

1st November 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon was tasked by GE Global Properties to design and fit-out the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC), the first green- and LEED-certified GE building in Sub-Saharan Africa. GE opened its first African-based innovation centre... 

ENI corporate headquarters, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 ENI is building new headquarters in Milan. 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

GBCSA launches Net Zero pilot certification scheme

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 The certification of the first four projects under the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Net Zero pilot certification scheme was announced this week. Net zero carbon buildings are defined as highly energy efficient buildings, with remaining energy demand supplied by on-site and/or... 

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