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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... 

Kbac’s New Bolon Flooring For Mall Of Africa Store

     18th July 2016 KBAC Flooring supplied woven vinyl floor covering by the internationally acclaimed Swedish company, Bolon, for the footwear area of the new Woolworths store in the Mall of Africa in Midrand, the largest single-phase shopping centre yet built in South Africa. KBAC Flooring was earlier this year... 

Building green not as costly as once thought – study

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2016 A new report published on Friday by industry associations has revealed that the cost premium of building “green” was only an average of 5% above the construction of traditional buildings, much less than previously thought. The first edition of the ‘Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs... 

Building green costs on average only 5% more than conventional building: study

     15th July 2016 The average cost premium of building green over and above the cost of conventional construction – or green cost premium – is a mere 5.0% and can be as low as 1.1%. This is according to the Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs and Trends Report compiled by the Green Building Council... 

Quantity Surveyors Need To Concentrate More On Life Cycle Costing, Asaqs Congress Urged

     5th July 2016 There is widespread ignorance among quantity surveyors, and apathy and resistance from building owners and developers, about Life Cycle Costing - a concept that will become increasingly important as the Green Building revolution sweeps the world. This cautionary message was spelt out by Dr Hoffie... 

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... 


     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... 

GE officially opens R500m African innovation hub in Joburg 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2016 US multinational GE, which is in the process of refashioning itself as a digital industrial company, officially opened its R500-million innovation centre in Johannesburg on Monday evening – the group’s tenth such centre globally and its first in Africa. The 2 700 m2 ‘GE Africa Innovation Centre’... 

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. 

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