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TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has unveiled a new R255-million administration building – eMendi – at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at the unveiling, TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu said the 10 000 m2 building was named in reference to the SS Mendi troop ship... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

Jackson’s Real Food Market Bricked By Ocon

     15th June 2017 In what has become a very competitive market, food consumers want to choose their food in an attractive environment that reflects a clean, smart, healthy and comfortable place to shop and dine. Creating the right atmosphere and impression, while supplying fresh and naturally produced produce is... 

GBCSA reaches 250 green buildings certification milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has issued 250 green building certifications in Africa, with the first school to achieve a Green Star rating representing a new milestone for the organisation that had entered its tenth year of operation. This followed the achievement by Streetlight... 

Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative

     5th June 2017 Clay brick construction is increasingly being recognised as a vital component of green building in the ongoing quest to find solutions that eliminate or meaningfully reduce adverse impacts of development on the environment and its occupants. These are the words of Musa Shangase, commercial... 

National English Literary Museum obtains green building rating

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 The National English Literary Museum, in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Public Education Building v1 As-Built rating – a first for South Africa. The museum was built by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Department of Arts and Culture at a cost... 

Earthworks for 42 500 m2 office to start in August

     26th May 2017 Bulk earthworks for the 42 500 m2 property that hosts auditing and consulting firm Deloitte South Africa’s new Gauteng office is excepted to start in August, with construction expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Property development company Atterbury announced last month that it... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

Kenya adopts South Africa’s Green Star rating system

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) has signed a Green Star license agreement that will see it use the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star rating system and trademark in Kenya for certification of green buildings. The licence will also be used to train and accredit... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2017

     3rd March 2017 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for the thirty-sixth annual Steel Awards scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 13 in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.  

Proudly SA Manufacturer Tagged “Green” By Global Certification

     22nd February 2017 In the world of “green”, claims of eco-friendliness and biodegradability abound. Sadly, however, these claims can often not be substantiated, the products and services are not truly green, and consumers and businesses are duped into harming the planet in a different way. For this reason, the... 

Green building advancing in S Africa, contributing to climate change mitigation – GBCSA

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 With 2016 reportedly the hottest year on record, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says the built environment can play a major role in climate change mitigation. Progressively more South African property investors are making positive impacts on the environment and their... 

The allure of green building warms up as the globe heats up

     9th February 2017 The built environment has a major role to play in climate change mitigation, and progressively more South African property investors are rising to the challenge with positive impacts on the environment and their businesses. This is the word from the Green Building Council South Africa in light of... 

Tower Property continues to expand portfolio through international investments

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Tower Property Fund says it is well positioned to grow its core earnings and expects strong distribution growth in the year ahead. Reporting on its results for the six months ended November 2016, the Reit said it expects to realise R240-million in... 

New Joburg council chamber design draws on lekgotla theme

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 The new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building, with several unique features, was showcased to the media last month by the Joburg Property Company (JPC). JPC property development senior manager Alan Dinnie explained during the tour that the new building, expected to reach completion... 

New Johannesburg Council Chamber to allow for greater public participation in governance

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2016 The new R340-million Johannesburg Council Chamber building, which is expected to be complete in March next year, will boast dedicated seats for the public and media. Joburg Property Company (JPC) property development senior manager Alan Dinnie on Tuesday told journalists attending a media tour... 

Minister Radebe unveils Stats SA’s new R1.4bn home

By: African News Agency      12th December 2016 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on Monday unveiled the new headquarters of Statistics South Africa – a giant green building near the Freedom Park monument in Salvokop, Pretoria, – which swallowed over R1-billion during its construction phase. “ISIbalo House has been constructed at the tune... 

First phase of new medical precinct in Cape Town completed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 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... 

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