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Green Building News

Green trendsetter Nedbank unveils fourth green building

By: Natalie Greve     28th August 2014 Financial services group Nedbank – the largest occupier of green buildings in the country – has officially opened another Green Building Council of South Africa (BGCSA) 4-Star Green Star-rated building, this time, in Roodepoort. Nedbank Lakeview, which served as the banking group’s campus in the... 

Troubled Gold Coast project, Grinaker-LTA erode Aveng profit

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2014 An underperforming Grinaker-LTA and problem projects in Australia in the past financial year continued to take their toll on construction and engineering group Aveng. The JSE-listed company on Tuesday reported its financial results for the year ended June 30, with revenue up 2%, to R53-billion,... 

Troubled Gold Coast project, Grinaker-LTA erode Aveng profit
Photo by Duane Daws
Kobus Verster

Awareness of steel building method growing

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 The South African construction community is becoming more aware of the advantages associated with the innovative construction method of light-steel- frame building (LSFB), which has led to a 21% growth in the sector, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director... 

Awareness of steel building method growing
JOHN BARNARD Builders are becoming more aware of the advantages of light-steel-frame building

Study reveals steel’s low environmental impact

15th August 2014 UK-based organisation that offers advice, technical information, consultancy services and membership for manufacturers, engineers, designers and specifiers for steel construction, the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), in February conducted an on-site study that found that steel construction has... 

Potential for green economy to bolster youth employment

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th August 2014 Development Bank of Southern Africa Green Fund secretariat manager Michelle Layte noted that the local green economy needed to grow using fewer resources and the challenge was to come up with innovative ways of doing so by involving the youth.  

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... 

LSFB reduces energy wastage
Project manager and co-owner of the Silverline Group franchise Robbie Meyer discusses the ‘green’ benefits of light steel frame building.

LSFB method adds to skills set 

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 Light-steel-frame (LSF) franchised construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group has had to prioritise workforce training to ensure the transfer of quality LSF building skills in a country that has a long history of brick and mortar construction. Silverline project... 

LSFB method adds  to skills set
Silverline Group project manager and co-owner of the Silverline Group franchise Robbie Meyer discusses the ‘green’ benefits of light steel frame building.

Company constructs light-steel-frame home in Hout Bay

15th August 2014 Light-steel-frame building (LSFB) specialist the Silverline Group has constructed one of the very few LSFB homes in the country for a Hout Bay resident, in the Western Cape. Home-owner Dieter Losskarn says he was inspired by a similar building on a smaller plot in the area. 

Company constructs light-steel-frame  home in Hout Bay

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 research report

29th July 2014 This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’ efforts to diversify. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 research report

Discovery building developers eye 5-star Green Star rating

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd July 2014 Property developers Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop Property Holdings are targeting a five-star Green Building Council of South Africa Green Star rating for insurance provider Discovery’s new global head office to be constructed in Sandton, Growthpoint office division director Rudolf Pienaar... 

Discovery building developers eye 5-star Green Star rating
Artist's impression of the new Discovery building

IPD, GBCSA to launch Sustainable Property Index

By: Natalie Greve     16th July 2014 Real estate risk analysts, the Investment Property Databank (IPD), in conjunction with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), announced, on Wednesday, the impending launch of the IPD Sustainable Property Index for South Africa, which will aim to determine how the inclusion of... 

IPD, GBCSA to launch Sustainable Property Index

Surveyors body publishes method for calculating building’s total carbon footprint

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 Embodied carbon is increasingly becoming a more significant part of the overall carbon burden for properties and, as a result, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has published a method to calculate embodied carbon for the full life cycle of the building.  

Light-steel-frame building for Katlehong 
early-childhood development centre

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2014 A light steel frame building is providing a structured, safe space to learn and play for preschool children, as early childhood development is critical to providing them with the confidence and social skills to succeed in life, says early childhood development Breakthrough Centre programme... 

Use of solar to meet daytime demand increasing among SA businesses

By: Schalk Burger     27th June 2014 South African businesses are tentatively, but increasingly, investigating and adopting solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to reduce their consumption of electricity during daylight hours, says UK solar PV subsidiary Solarcentury Southern Africa MD Gareth Warner. Many companies are not familiar with... 

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2014 According to the New Growth Path (NGP) framework, which has been adopted as the framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy, government has identified the green economy as one of the top 12 job drivers to assist in creating 300 000 additional direct jobs by 2020 in... 

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

City of Joburg’s R1.46bn green bond lists on JSE

By: Natalie Greve     19th June 2014 Green building in Johannesburg has received a boost with the listing of the first green bond on the JSE by the City of Johannesburg, making South Africa’s largest metropole the first C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group member to issue a green bond. The R1.46-billion green bond, referred to as... 

City of Joburg’s R1.46bn green bond lists on JSE

Building green impeded by skills shortages

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 A lack of skills and resources nationwide is hampering environment-friendly and sustainable methods of construction, says engineering and design company WSP Group Africa. 

Building green impeded by skills shortages
Photo by Duane Daws
BIG DREAMS The South African construction industry has the determination and knowledge to build word-class green buildings

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 Construction companies are aiming to use more sustainable methods of building, as the sector is increasingly being driven by companies’ need to have a lower environmental footprint to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation, states audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns
GAVIN MAILE Labour stability and productivity are required to create trust between government and the private sector

Grundfos office awarded 5 Star Green Star rating

By: Leandi Kolver     16th May 2014 Pump manufacturer Grundfos’ new office development, in Germiston, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star South Africa – Office Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. The offices and associated warehouse facilities, were developed in conjunction with property investment... 

Grundfos office awarded 5 Star Green Star rating

South Africa’s property sector increasingly embracing green building 

By: Anine Kilian     2nd May 2014 South Africa’s green-building sector has accomplished two major milestones this year: celebrating its fiftieth Green Star SA certification rating and the election of Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) execu- tive chairperson Bruce Kerswill as the chair- person of the World Green... 

South Africa’s property sector increasingly embracing green building

South Africa’s property sector increasingly embracing green building

By: Anine Kilian     2nd May 2014 South Africa’s green-building sector has accomplished two major milestones this year: celebrating its fiftieth Green Star SA certification rating and the election of Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) executive chairperson Bruce Kerswill as the chairperson of the World Green Building... 

South Africa’s property sector increasingly embracing green building

Habitat rehabilitation can boost ecosystems and create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     2nd May 2014 The continuous and active rehabilitation and remediation of habitats not only improves the robustness of the habitats and provides space for natural ecology to take place, but also creates sustainable employment, says Department of Water Affairs Crocodile river integrated water resource... 

GBCSA celebrates 50 Green Star SA certifications

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2014 South Africa’s green building movement has gained significant momentum, celebrating its fiftieth Green Star SA certification in only six years, and with a further 150 projects in the Green Star SA registration pipeline, the impact will increase significantly. “In South Africa, certified new green... 

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2014 Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Jobs... 

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge

Iliad Africa mulls roll-out of more stores following restructuring

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2014 Iliad Africa has reported a loss of R6.59-million for the year ended December 31, compared with R33.6-million profit in 2012. Revenue was flat, at R4.46-billion, compared with R4.49-billion for the year ended December 31, 2012. Iliad Africa listed on the JSE in 1998, and sources, distributes,... 

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. 

Software assists building in achieving six star rating

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th April 2014 The No. 1 Silo of the Victoria and Alfred Silo Precinct received a six star Green Star South Africa rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) last year, which is the first office building in Cape Town to do so, and the second in South Africa. 

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. 

Samsung hands over first Digital Village  

By: Leandi Kolver     1st April 2014 Consumer electronics producer Samsung Electronics on Tuesday handed over its first South African Digital Village to the community of Malibongwe Ridge, in Gauteng. The multibillion-dollar village, which was first unveiled in October last year, would provide the community with much-needed education... 

Samsung hands over first Digital Village
Samsung Electronics VP and CFO Minkyu Lee and Gauteng Department of Economic Development head Albert Chanee speak at the handover of the Digital Village. Camerawork & editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 01/04/2014.

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Summit... 

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives
Photo by Bloomberg
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa

Recommendations to foster greener environments

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The international community could make several strides in averting the negative effects of climate change by following the recommendations of the Oxford Martin Commission (OMC) for Future Generations report on climate change, poverty, governance and disease, says South African Minister in the... 

Smaller businesses lack accurate information on green building

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) are not properly informed about measures that are required to create greener and energy efficient businesses, says facilities management company Servest. Servest Group COO Steve Wallbanks tells Engineering News that this is mostly... 

Building materials supplier begins to feel infrastructure impetus

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2014 Dawn reaped the rewards of increased government spend on water infrastructure and increased sales in Africa, among other factors, as it in March reported a 18% jump in operating profit, to R158.9-million for the half-year ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2012. Revenue was up... 

Dawn profit jumps 18% on healthy African growth, govt water spend

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2014 Dawn reaped the rewards of increased government spend on water infrastructure and increased sales in Africa, among other factors, as it on Thursday reported a 18% jump in operating profit, to R158.9-million for the half-year ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2012. Revenue was up... 

Cape Quarter to undergo greening transformation

By: Natalie Greve     12th March 2014 Tower Property Funds’ flagship property, the Cape Quarter, in Cape Town, is set to undergo an “extensive greening transformation” as part of the fund’s greening and occupancy cost-reduction strategy. The fund, which listed under the JSE’s new real-estate investment trust structure in July 2013,... 

Cape Quarter to undergo greening transformation

Africa key as Aussie market matures, says Johnstaff

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2014 Melbourne-based consulting engineering and project management firm Johnstaff celebrates its 22nd birthday this year. MD Phil Johnston started the company after spending roughly ten years at Dillingham construction, followed by a spell at Leighton Contractors. Johnstaff’s growth came organically,... 

Africa key as Aussie market matures, says Johnstaff
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