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First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 7 hours ago The new flagship Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital has been opened in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD). The 16-storey building, with about 30 000 m2 of floor space, will comprise 248 beds, of which of 61 will be used for intensive care and high care. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The hospital was launched on December 2. 

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

GBCSA launches Green Star – Communities Pilot Programme in South Africa

     8th December 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa today announced the launch of the locally applicable version of the Green Star – Communities rating tool in South Africa. The tool is a framework that will drive the development of more sustainable neighbourhoods and precincts, ultimately making African... 

GBCSA launches Green Star – Communities pilot programme

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2016 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) on Wednesday announced the launch of the locally applicable version of the Green Star – Communities rating tool in South Africa. The tool is a framework that will drive the development of more sustainable neighbourhoods and precincts, ultimately... 

Old Mutual’s Cape Town office a southern hemisphere leader in green building

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2016 Old Mutual’s Mutualpark offices, in Pinelands, Cape Town, have received a 5-star Green Star South Africa (SA) Existing Building Performance rating.   This rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) makes it the largest existing building to achieve this level of environmental... 

Certification a feather in Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s cap

     2nd December 2016 Interior building solutions group Saint-Gobain Gyproc was awarded the prestigious Global Green Tag certification in October 2015, earning Green Rate Level C for its range of plasterboards for walls and ceilings.   Saint-Gobain Gyproc, which manufactures lightweight building materials and... 

The benefits of “Green” building

     29th November 2016 Climate change is no longer a speculation but a reality in our lives. “The construction and operation of modern buildings, those in which we will live and work, are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources, and the generation of carbon and other gases that cause global... 

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental policies. For instance, KBAC Flooring sales director Brandon Park points out that selecting the... 

Bank to install solar-panel carports at Fairland office complex

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification

     11th November 2016 Cement manufacturer and supplier Lafarge South Africa (SA), in August, announced that it had recently become the only building materials company in the country to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C global certification system Global GreenTag-certified products.... 

Green Business; Is It Trainable, Is It Viable?

     3rd November 2016 As the world continues to debate whether or not climate change is a reality, businesses throughout South Africa are weighing up the pros and cons of “going green”. While some use eco status as a badge to promote a good image, others are intent on actually making a difference in the way they... 

National cleantech innovation winners announced at gala event

     2nd November 2016 Klerksdorp innovator Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry took top honours at the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) awards ceremony with her water re-use and recycling solution called aWetbox. She received a cash prize of R120 000 and an all-expenses paid trip... 

WesBank announces R60m carport solar-panel project 

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

SA cement manufacturer adds green-certified offering to portfolio

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Cement company Lafarge South Africa recently became the only building materials company in South Africa to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C Global GreenTag-certified products.  

4 Green Stars for 4 Stan Road

     17th October 2016 Number 4 Stan Road is a slick, sculptural eight-storey intervention in the heart of Sandton. The development boasts both 4-Star Green Star SA Design and As-Built certifications from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Green building consultants, Solid Green, undertook the Green Star... 

First South African industrial property gets Green Star SA rating

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2016 Property development company Growthpoint Properties’ Greenfield Industrial Park, in Cape Town, has been awarded South Africa’s first ever Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for an industrial property. Greenfield received a 4-Star custom industrial as-built Green Star SA certification from the... 

Growthpoint’s Greenfield Industrial Park achieves SA’s first industrial Green Star rating

     17th October 2016 Growthpoint Properties’ Greenfield Industrial Park in Cape Town has been awarded South Africa’s first ever Green Star SA rating for an industrial property. In a milestone achievement for green building in South Africa, Greenfield received a 4-Star Custom Industrial As-Built Green Star SA... 

Quantity surveyors go “Green”

     5th October 2016 Executive Director, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors For those in the construction industry the term “quantity surveyor” is commonly known. But, a quantity surveyor’s function is not always understood. To illustrate the value of this key function we take a look at Green buildings.... 

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

Global Demand For Bolon Woven Vinyl Flooring

     27th September 2016 Woven vinyl flooring designer and manufacturer, Bolon, will be one of the many top global names to showcase their wide range of new products at KBAC Flooring’s annual expo of the latest trends in flooring on October 25 from 3pm to 10pm at the Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead. KBAC Flooring... 

Interface Chief Sees End-Result Of KBAC’s ‘’Determined Efforts’’

     27th September 2016 Rob Boogaard, The Netherlands-based CEO and President of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region of Interface - the world’s largest producer of sustainable modular flooring - recently accompanied a team from KBAC Flooring, which distributes Interface flooring in South Africa, on a site... 

Green Building Council SA aims to change perspectives during World Green Building Week

     23rd September 2016 The impact of buildings on the environment is astounding, with the built environment currently accounting for 25% of the world’s water usage and 60% of its electricity. But it doesn’t have to be this way. World Green Building Week 2016 takes place from 26 September to 2 October under the theme... 

Demand for improved efficiency drives competition

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 The demand for increased efficiency of heating and cooling solutions at affordable prices has created stiff competition for companies in the industry, says engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical director Pieter de Bod, a registered professional... 

Central Square at Menlyn Maine introduces unique architectural boutique-styled shopping and leisure experience

     6th September 2016 South Africa will soon have a new architectural landmark. The iconic new Central Square at Menlyn Maine will open in Pretoria on 21 September 2016, introducing a distinctive new design attraction and a unique shopping and leisure experience. The 65,000sqm R1.8 billion mixed-use Central Square is... 

WSP achieves industry first custom Green Star certification for Menlyn Maine Central Square

     22nd August 2016 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, has achieved a Green Star SA Custom Mixed Use rating for Menlyn Maine Central Square. It is an industry first in South Africa, that a project has been certified using a custom... 

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

Arup Sustainable Buildings Specialist Wins Established Green Star Award

     28th July 2016 Jaco Kemp, sustainable buildings specialist at Arup, has won the 2016 Established Green Star Award by the Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for his continued contribution to the green building economy.   Kemp has been involved in the design of a variety of projects that have... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 Albeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton. Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton,... 

Green buildings can reduce climate change – WGBC

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 There is a direct correlation between climate change and nongreen buildings, with 98% of the world’s megacities already experiencing climate risks, World Green Building Council (WGBC) CEO Terri Willis said on Wednesday. Addressing an audience at the country’s ninth yearly Green Building... 

WGBC, partners to improve energy efficiency of cities

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 The World Green Building Council (WGBC), along with the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), on Wednesday announced a new partnership to dramatically ramp up energy efficiency within buildings across the world, starting with the city of Tshwane, in Gauteng.... 

Green building buy-in now imperative for corporates, developers, urge analysts

     25th July 2016 As government chases legislation to enforce the implementation of green building principles, analysts advise that embracing sustainable development is crucial for all sectors of South Africa. Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and... 

Property Point gives green innovators a chance

     22nd July 2016 Linking budding entrepreneurs with green building leaders at the 2016 Green Building Convention, Property Point is enhancing green innovation in South Africa while providing SMEs with an opportunity to further develop their own businesses. Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, has... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2016 Construction has been completed and the hospital will open its doors in December. 

Supply Chain Infrastructure Solutions for Africa

     21st July 2016 Along with economic growth in Africa comes increased pressure on supply chain infrastructure, creating challenging business conditions and difficulty in matching supply with demand, particularly in the healthcare arena. Many African countries have experienced a surge in the volumes of medicines... 

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