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Green Building

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

Company receives environmental certification

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Tile and construction adhesive products manufacturer Tal, in May this year, became the first company in the construction adhesives industry to gain full ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification. Tal safety, health, environment, risk and quality manager Julius McMaster says ISO 14001... 

JULIUS MCMASTER
The ISO 14001 certification provides a framework that enables us to manage and enhance our environmental performance
JULIUS MCMASTER The ISO 14001 certification provides a framework that enables us to manage and enhance our environmental performance

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED 
Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

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. 

GREEN BUILDING
Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers
Photo by Reuters
RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers

PPS building achieves high green rating

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Financial services company Professional Provident Society (PPS) has been awarded the five-star Green Star SA rating for Phase 1 of its Centurion Square office development - one of the highest ratings given – by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  

RUSTED FACADE  Rusted steel facade can easily be melted down and allows for a greener approach
RUSTED FACADE Rusted steel facade can easily be melted down and allows for a greener approach

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

ALISON GROVES
Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2015 Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete... 

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

Vehicle OEM improves efficiency, cuts energy use

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2015 Vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has introduced a wide range of energy-efficient technologies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, reducing its energy consumption and demand on the national grid, while also bringing about commensurate cost savings. 

FORD RANGER
New high-capacity air compressors were installed at a Ford assembly plant where the Ranger is manufactured
FORD RANGER New high-capacity air compressors were installed at a Ford assembly plant where the Ranger is manufactured

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2015 Local paints industry representative organisation the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) will meet with the Department of Health (DoH) this month to propose that the South African paints industry is aligned with US and UK legislation regarding lead-containing paints, says Sapma... 

MAKING PAINT SAFE
The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant
MAKING PAINT SAFE The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant

New emissions regulations impact industry

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2015 Proposed emissions-reduction regulations, which are not yet in effect but will be enforced through mandatory reporting, carbon taxes and industry-specific ‘carbon budgets’, will act as a behavioural mechanism to force greenhouse-gas (GHG) emitters to reduce their emissions and energy use, as part... 

REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES South Africa has pledged to contribute towards a low-carbon economy
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES South Africa has pledged to contribute towards a low-carbon economy

Utility costs, refurbishment contribute to green building

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 Increasing utility costs and office building owners having to differentiate their service offering to secure tenants during the current tough economic climate will promote growth in the green building sector of South Africa, particularly in the green refurbishment of existing buildings, says the... 

MITIGATING A NATION'S CHALLENGES Green building initiatives address many of South Africa’s environmental and energy challenges, such as electricity and water shortages
MITIGATING A NATION'S CHALLENGES Green building initiatives address many of South Africa’s environmental and energy challenges, such as electricity and water shortages

New green building completed in heart of Joburg

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 The World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) will next month officially launch its new green premises, on the corner of Melle and De Korte streets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, following the conclusion of the 14-month-long refurbishment of an existing building in January. WWF-SA business... 

WWF BUILDING, BRAAMFONTEIN
Except for the façade, the original WWF building was deconstructed brick by brick, with every brick being used in the construction of the new building
WWF BUILDING, BRAAMFONTEIN Except for the façade, the original WWF building was deconstructed brick by brick, with every brick being used in the construction of the new building

Developer exceeds project’s recycled material targets

3rd April 2015 Construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts exceeded State-owned freight logistics company Transnet’s recycled material target for the revamp of the City Deep container terminal, in Johannesburg, having processed more than 35 000 m2 of the terminal’s old concrete and almost 65 000 m2 of... 

Retailer continues sustainability drive 

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 South African retailer Massmart is continuing to improve the operating efficiency of its stores by adopting more sustainable technologies, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and daylight harvesting cells for lighting, rainwater harvesting for water supply and evaporative cooling technology for... 

BUILDERS WAREHOUSE, RIVONIA
The implementation of LEDs, daylight harvesting cells and evaporative cooling has successfully reduced the store's energy consumption to 89 kWh/m2
South African retailer Massmart group sustainability manager Alexander Haw discusses the group’s sustainability initiatives.

GBCSA adopts green-product certification scheme

By: David Oliveira     2nd April 2015 Sustainable product certification provider Global GreenTag’s green-product rating and certification system, Green Tag, which is used internationally to assess the environmental attributes of products, has been acknowledged by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a valuable... 

Skills development essential for REIPPPP

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Although already late in reaching financial close, Round 3 projects of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have been further delayed and Round 4 announcements are uncertain, owing to grid constraints and State-owned utility... 

PERFECT TIMING The insecurity of stable supply and the appropriate load profiles means that rooftop photovoltaic (PV) is in the perfect position for tremendous growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PERFECT TIMING The insecurity of stable supply and the appropriate load profiles means that rooftop photovoltaic (PV) is in the perfect position for tremendous growth

Specialised equipment used for wind turbine transportation

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Heavy transportation and lifting provider ALE is playing a vital role in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, owing to the development of smarter solutions that are mitigating the challenges created by the increasing size and weight of wind turbines and the associated components. ALE was... 

Construction started on hydro project

12th December 2014 Hydropower developer NuPlanet Project Development achieved financial close and started construction last month on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydro project near Clarens, in the Free State. The project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under bid window two of the government’s Renewable Energy... 

Renewable power a major energy growth source

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s population, in sub-Saharan Africa... 

Increased demand for solar PV rooftop solution expected

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Power protection and management solutions provider Powermode expects a significant increase in demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry within the next nine to 18 months, owing to their efficiency in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and a business’s carbon... 

POWER INCREASE
Powermode expects that electricity price increases will drive demand for solar photovoltaic solutions
Photo by Duane Daws
POWER INCREASE Powermode expects that electricity price increases will drive demand for solar photovoltaic solutions

Fleet management reduces carbon footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Owing to a carbon tax, expected to come into force by 2016, a key focus of global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics is to encourage industry to become more efficient in their fleet management, thereby reducing its carbon footprint. “While about 17% to 18% of... 

GREEN BENEFIT
Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption
GREEN BENEFIT Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption

Local pilot carbon offset trade to show carbon tax relief measures

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon aims to conduct a pilot carbon offset trade by the end of this year. This pilot trade is in preparation for a future local carbon offset trading programme, says Promethium Carbon director and carbon adviser Harmke Immink. 

REDUCTION NEED
Most of South Africa’s carbon dioxide emissions, which currently comprise an inventory of about 500-million tonnes, are associated with energy
REDUCTION NEED Most of South Africa’s carbon dioxide emissions, which currently comprise an inventory of about 500-million tonnes, are associated with energy

Greening projects encouraging industry to adopt circular economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Local industry is starting to implement projects using the principles associated with the ‘circular economy’ with a specific focus on developing a greener industry, says consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. A circular economy entails industry transitioning to a restorative perspective... 

INDUSTRY INITIATIVE
Local industry can use waste energy to generate heat for its own processes
INDUSTRY INITIATIVE Local industry can use waste energy to generate heat for its own processes

Industry needs to expand resource efficiency areas

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Although there is significant focus currently on energy efficiency in industry, there is an increasing need for industry to expand its participation in the green space beyond just energy, government programme National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) tells Engineering News. The... 

FOCUS AREA
 National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa believes industry needs to embrace the idea of resource efficiency in waste and water areas
FOCUS AREA National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa believes industry needs to embrace the idea of resource efficiency in waste and water areas

LSFB reduces energy wastage 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Light steel frame building (LSFB) offers the construction industry and its clients the opportunity to reduce energy wastage by using the high performance alternative building solutions offered by construction group Silverline Group. “It not only produces only 2% of waste during construction... 

BUILDING EFFICIENCY
Light steel frame building produces only 2% waste during construction operations
Project manager and co-owner of the Silverline Group franchise Robbie Meyer discusses the ‘green’ benefits of light steel frame building.

Going green is now mainstream for building design

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 While there may have been initial uncertainty in the construction industry in terms of making buildings more sustainable – in line with the Green Star South Africa ratings – the practice of doing so has become “business as usual”, says consulting engineers WSP Group commercial director Simon Berry. 

Mind shift needed for sustained energy efficiency

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 To alleviate the constant pressures of environmental consideration, US technology group Johnson Controls has developed a seven-step process for Central Plant Optimisation (CPO), which can deliver sustained energy savings of up to 60%. 

Management systems to ‘green’ buildings

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 Energy management is being considered an integral part of any organisation and an important consideration to any corporate budget if implemented correctly into a company’s business strategy, says facilities management provider Servest South Africa and Africa COO Steve Wallbanks. 

Companies should not forget benefits of going green

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th August 2013 Energy efficiency has become an important focus worldwide and green tax is currently a popular topic, particularly in South Africa, with National Treasury hoping to introduce a carbon tax on January 1, 2015, says audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

Green building lighting installations to soon be complete

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th August 2013 Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions manufacturer LED Lighting South Africa (SA) will soon complete its supply of almost 7 000 light fittings and LED units for what will soon be Cape Town’s tallest skyscraper, the Portside building. 

Solar technologies brighten up rural areas

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th August 2013 Electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Africa has developed a range of solar-powered technologies that have been adapted for African conditions and is suitable for use in rural villages and urban residential areas.  

Sustainable practices important for successful green industries 

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th August 2013 If South Africa is to have a sustainable and economically viable green industries future, energy-intensive industries need to ensure that they do not harm the environment, by using methods, strategies and tools that aim to decouple economic growth from increased resource use and aggravated... 

Sustainable practices important for successful green industries
National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) national operations manager Reuben Kadalie discusses a model for increased profitability through greener production.

Property company pushes green-building agenda

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 The trend towards green building and the concept of greening existing buildings have been slow to take off in South Africa, as it is a voluntary exercise, says property investment holding company Growthpoint Properties, utilities Essop Basha. “There is not a massive demand for green space and,... 

Green alternative should gain significant market share

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) range of fence droppers from PVC and high-density polyethylene water reticulation, drainage pipe and fitting systems expert DPI Plastics is expected to gain measurable market share during 2013. "DPI Plastics has developed a strong reputation over the decades as a... 

R1.15m Phase 2 under way at Cato Manor

By: Ilan Solomons     5th April 2013 Phase 2 of the Cato Manor retrofit project, which was launched in Durban, will result in 26 low-income houses being retrofitted and it aims to illustrate the benefits of low-emission developments, including the socioeconimic benefits to the community, says Australian High Commission in South... 

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