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Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Report shines light on empowerment of women in green industry

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 The virtual launch of a assessment report on the Empowerment of Women in the Green Industry Policy on July 20 has been welcomed by Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina, who delivered an address at the event. The report is the result of the collaboration between the... 

Despite Q1 dip, Afrimat Construction Index four-quarter average shows consolidation of recovery

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 JSE-listed industrial minerals, commodities and construction material openpit mining company Afrimat has released the findings of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter of the year.  The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity in the building and construction... 

Hardware, building material markets more buoyant but difficult conditions linger in building sector

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index increased to 39 in the second quarter. Even though this is the highest level the index has reached since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents say they are still... 

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Afrimat, the JSE-listed industrial minerals, commodities and construction material openpit mining company, has released the findings of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter of the year.  The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and... 

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has increased to 39 in the second quarter of the year. Even though this is the highest level of the index since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents says they are... 

Siphamandla Mkhwanazi
Siphamandla Mkhwanazi

Consultancy alters green processes due to Covid 19

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 Owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa last year, sustainability consultancy Solid Green altered its processes to assist the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) in meeting its net zero carbon goal by 2030, developing an EcoDistrict methodology for the city. 

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 
The City of Johannesburg’s Green Building Policy awaits finalisation
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN The City of Johannesburg’s Green Building Policy awaits finalisation

Pioneers for sustainable urban regeneration

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 An urgent shift from traditional market practice towards the ‘green industrial revolution’ is underway, hence specialised commercial property financial services company TUHF’s advocating for the following of green and sustainable building principles in the construction and building industries.  

Timber’s viability overlooked by developers

11th June 2021 It is estimated that two-billion metres squared of new building stock will be required every year between 2019 and 2025 to keep up with urban development and population growth.  

WOOD REDUCES CARBON OMMISIONS
Carbon dioxide is removed from our atmosphere by wood plantations during their rotations of seven to 20 years.
WOOD REDUCES CARBON OMMISIONS Carbon dioxide is removed from our atmosphere by wood plantations during their rotations of seven to 20 years.

Wood beneficial for the circular economy

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 The Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) says policy needs to be developed to ensure wood forms part of the circular economy. 

Green certified offices more defensive in pandemic property market – index

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2021 The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) South Africa Green Annual Property Index, now in its fifth year, continues to support the investment case for green buildings in the commercial property sector. Released yearly in conjunction with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)... 

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement

Balwin remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on the back of positive financial results

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2021 In a financial year that was characterised by unprecedented socioeconomic and market conditions with unusual working and living environments, various measures initiated by JSE-listed Balwin Properties saw the company experience continued strong sales demand for the “Balwin product” at the end of... 

An artistic rendering of Balwin's apartments at its Waterfall development.
An artistic rendering of Balwin's apartments at its Waterfall development.

PIC acquires Deloitte building in Midrand to add to GEPF portfolio

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has concluded a purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the leasehold rights, which include the office building and letting enterprise, housing Deloitte as the anchor tenant, in the prime location of Waterfall City, in Midrand, Gauteng. The asset was... 

Nonresidential buildings will have to display energy performance certificate by next December

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2021 By December 2022, some nonresidential buildings will be required by law to display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is done by measuring the building’s energy use intensity and giving it a colour-coded score from A to G, sustainable structures organisation the Green Building Council... 

Managing green-building strategies during construction crucial for ratings

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Constantly managing, monitoring and aligning construction costs against budget when implementing Green Star sustainable building-rating initiatives helps developers to achieve the objective ratings, says infrastructure and engineering consulting firm Aecom cost management, buildings and places... 

The building achieved an As-Built 6-Star Green Star-rating, which is the highest GBCSA sustainability accreditation
The building achieved an As-Built 6-Star Green Star-rating, which is the highest GBCSA sustainability accreditation

Deloitte Africa makes an impact with new green building

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2021 Deloitte has made strides in ensuring its new Waterfall headquarters is sustainable as a green building with a low impact on the environment. The building, which was designed and constructed with an emphasis on creating a sustainable, healthy, safe and productive environment, complies with a... 

Increases in civil tender awards, hardware sales despite Covid pandemic

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 There are some positives to be found in the South African construction market, despite the Covid pandemic, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. This first positive lies in the resilience of the civil engineering sector, where there was a 12.7% increase in civil tenders... 

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 The research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into accelerated decarbonisation scenarios for the South African power system confirms considerable opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation at low or zero net cost, says CSIR electrochemical energy technologies research... 

SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy

WBHO sees a tripling of civils and road project pipelines

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The pipeline of civil engineering projects in which Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) hopes to participate has “recently nearly tripled” to R27-billion, up from R10.5-billion in June last year, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. This pipeline only includes contracts that WBHO believes will be awarded in the... 

L2D's entire portfolio is now Green Star certified

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 Precinct-focused and retail-centered real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees' (L2D's) entire retail portfolio has now been certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The GBCSA rates existing buildings according to the Green Star Existing Building Performance (EBP)... 

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp 

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 There are some positives to be found in the South African construction market, despite the Covid-pandemic, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. This first positive lies in the resilience of the civil engineering sector, where there was a 12.7% increase in civil tenders... 

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp

WBHO sees marked improvement in civils, road sectors 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2021 The pipeline of civil engineering projects in which Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) hopes to participate has “recently nearly tripled” to R27-billion, up from R10.5-billion in June last year, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. This pipeline only includes contracts that WBHO believes will be awarded in the... 

Wolfgang Neff
Wolfgang Neff

SA’s first energy performance certificate marks key milestone, says SANEDI

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2021 The recent issuing of the first-ever energy performance certificate (EPC) for a building in South Africa is a landmark achievement that will encourage energy efficiency across the board, says the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). On February 18, the Admin B building at... 

Improved formulation, developments maintain low VOC emissions

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th February 2021 Vinyl flooring specialist and South African Vinyl Association (SAVA) member Polyflor SA continually develops and improves formulations for all flooring ranges to ensure that volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels are kept to the lowest possible levels, with no significant negative... 

Heritage building facelift under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT
The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved
ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved

Hyde Park Corner rolls out solar panel project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2021 Shopping centre Hyde Park Corner has installed a 384 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on its two office block roofs and carports on the North Eastern parking deck to lower its carbon footprint. The system, rolled out by specialist solar PV company Solareff, comprises 900 430 W half cut Mono... 

Hyde Park Corner solar panel project
Hyde Park Corner solar panel project

29 construction-sector bodies unite under one umbrella

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 South Africa’s construction industry has united to form a single umbrella body, Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA), which is made up of 29 professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the industry. Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

Construction bodies unite into single alliance  

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2021 Twenty-nine of South Africa's professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the construction industry have united to form a single umbrella organisation, called the Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA). Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

Construction bodies unite into single alliance

Company ready for larger-scale projects

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 With the global trend of microgrid hybrid power solutions, solar solutions company Vert Energy was presented with a unique opportunity by property development company O’Nit Developments, whose strategic intent was to develop a power management solution that optimised the available energy sources... 

FULL CONTROL
The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely
FULL CONTROL The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely

Afrimat Construction Index shows recovery in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2020 Following a sharp decline in construction activity during the second quarter of the year, induced by Covid-19 lockdown regulations, the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a strong comeback in the third quarter, moving back to above the 100-mark level of the base period (the first quarter... 

Roelof Botha
Roelof Botha

Digitalisation will boost efficiency in construction sector

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 The construction industry – one of the least digitalised industries globally – can improve its efficiency and productivity, and regain its competitiveness, if it digitalises, says construction and engineering software solutions firm RIB CCS CEO Andrew Skudder. “The Covid-19 crisis is leading to a... 

ANDREW SKUDDER

Data is the key to improving the construction sector, better managing pain points, improve outcomes and enable companies to be more competitive without sacrificing profitability and sustainability
ANDREW SKUDDER Data is the key to improving the construction sector, better managing pain points, improve outcomes and enable companies to be more competitive without sacrificing profitability and sustainability

Fall in energy efficiency investment threatens climate goals – IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2020 Investment in energy efficiency worldwide is on course to fall by 9% in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts, warning that the Covid-induced slump threatens international climate goals. The agency’s ‘Energy Efficiency 2020’ report estimates that global primary energy intensity... 

Record number of companies disclosing sustainability impacts

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has welcomed KPMG research that shows a record number of companies, spanning many sectors and geographic regions, are voluntarily disclosing their sustainability impacts – with the GRI Standards the most widely used for reporting. GRI is an independent,... 

GRI chairperson Eric Hespenheide
GRI chairperson Eric Hespenheide

WBHO sees plunge in profit as pandemic, lossmaking projects take toll

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) last week reported a massive turnaround in fortunes from 12 months ago when it boasted R513-million in operating profit for the year ended June 30, to a position where it suffered an operating loss of R585-million. The group cited as the main reasons for the... 

Panel on EIPs to feature at Indaba

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will host a panel at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba on industrial parks, the potential to transform them into eco-industrial parks (EIPs) and leveraging them for accelerated development. This year, the NCPC-SA, United Nations... 

HENRY NUWARINDA
The Global Eco-Industrial Park Programme will ensure an added level of quality control and cost-efficiency
HENRY NUWARINDA The Global Eco-Industrial Park Programme will ensure an added level of quality control and cost-efficiency

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 The impact of Covid-19, as well as an adverse market, saw Stefanutti Stocks report an operating loss of R101-million for the six months ended August 31, compared with a R865-million loss in the same period last year. Contract revenue from continuing operations declined from R2.9-billion to... 

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss
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