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Green Building News

More than 30 developments in the pipeline in Cape Town CBD – report

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2021 The economy of the Cape Town central business district (CBD) remained stable in 2020, despite Covid-19, with the official nominal value of all property set at R43.8-billion by the City of Cape Town, and with 31 new developments worth more than R6.9-billion in the pipeline. This is the key finding... 

Research shows where, how housing developments are built impact on residents' carbon footprints

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2021 A new quantitative study on the impact of the location of housing development in Johannesburg on carbon emissions - by the research partnership of Divercity Urban Property Fund and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) - shows that where and how housing is built in the city has a... 

Botswana, Namibia outline efforts towards green bonds, sustainable stock exchanges

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2021 After South Africa, Namibia, through its Namibian Stock Exchange, is the second African country to issue a green bond after signing up to the United Nations’ (UN’s) sustainable stock exchanges initiative, said Namibian Stock Exchange CEO Tiaan Bazuin. Speaking during the Southern Africa Green... 

Green bonds provide balance to traditional investment vehicles

By: Donna Slater     27th September 2021 Compared with traditional impact investment vehicles, which tend to be private equity, green bonds provide a “nice balance” in achieving a desired investment impact, environment, social and governance (ESG) advisory firm EBS Advisory CEO James Brice said during the Southern Africa Green Bonds... 

iREREP to have 30-year lead time, private sector to be responsible for technical and financing aspects 

By: Donna Slater     20th September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) by opening its request for information (RFI) on September 20, saying its 30-year lead time is aligned with government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050... 

GBCSA congratulates Redefine on 40 Green Star certifications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2021 JSE-listed South African real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties recently certified and recertified 40 buildings in its property portfolio, under member-based organisation the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star Existing Building Performance (EBP) rating... 

RMB launches ESG-risk-measuring platforms to support sustainable investing

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank, has launched environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) measuring platforms – ESGo! and ESGNow. The platforms are envisaged to drive sustainable finance by offering client interfaces that enable more informed... 

Public Works to release RFI in development of green energy, resource efficiency drive 

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) plans to release a request for information (RFI) for the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) on September 20, to garner ideas and information into ways to deliver mutual value through strong partnerships... 

An image of the Mpumalanga High Court
The Mpumalanga High Court, which the DPWI handed over in November 2019, is an example of a building where energy and water saving technologies could be rolled out

The importance of organisational culture in supporting women

27th August 2021 Project developer G7 Renewable Energies head of development Karen de Bruyn has spoken about the importance of organisational culture in supporting careers for women in previously male dominated sectors. 

An image of Karen de Bruyn the head of development at G7 Renewable Energies
KAREN DE BRUYN The global renewable energy revolution has set in motion new opportunities for women to contribute to the engineering sector

Cement producers apply for tariff protection against imports

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2021 The domestic cement industry is waiting for a response from the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) on its application for tariffs to be levied on imported cement from certain Asian countries, says PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula. “The application is with... 

Commercial property industry set to improve

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th July 2021 The commercial property sector is set to improve once Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the South African economy has navigated its way through the harshest of the pandemic’s impact, says commercial real estate agency Black Pepper Properties director Simon Black. The office market has been... 

An image of Masmart warehouse progress
MASSMART PROGRESS Covid-19 has enhanced is the use of space

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... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

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-Rajah     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
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