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Green Building News

Construction industry must deal with 'great anger' over collusion, says Upton  

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2013 The construction industry’s engagement with the Competition Commission and the rest of South Africa remained a work in progress, said Group Five CEO Mike Upton on Monday as he reported the construction group’s financial results for the year ended June 30. The commission earlier this year levied... 

Civil engineering body raises alarm over limited, ageing talent pool 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2013 Ideally, engineering teams should reflect the accepted international municipal and utility ratio of six engineering professionals per 100 000 inhabitants. However, in South Africa’s best case scenarios  – larger cities and towns – municipalities have access to three engineering professionals for... 

Construction margins fell in 2011, report shows

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2013 South Africa’s construction industry saw its average profit margin plunge from 5% in 2009, to 2.8% in 2011, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Income in the sector reached R267-billion in 2011, down from R285-billion in 2009, the year the industry probably... 

Mandela birth town’s first high school under construction

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 Former President Nelson Mandela’s birth town of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, is having its first high school built. 

FIRST HIGH SCHOOLThe R100-million high school in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape will underpin three pillars of the Siemens commitment – skills development, sustainability and local commitment
FIRST HIGH SCHOOLThe R100-million high school in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape will underpin three pillars of the Siemens commitment – skills development, sustainability and local commitment

DEA head office receives six-star rating from Green Building Council

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The new Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) head office, in Pretoria, received a 6 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office Design certificate from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Cape Town’s tallest building awarded five-star rating

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The R1.6-billion Portside development, in Cape Town’s central business district, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) office design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Energy management certification can help boost efficiency, reduce consumption

By: Joanne Taylor     5th July 2013 Energy management standards, such as the ISO 50001 Energy Management certification, are crucial to businesses moving forward amid a world energy crisis, said Certification Europe founder and director Dr John Ryan at the second Eastern Cape Energy Efficiency conference, in May. 

DR JOHN RYANISO 50001 Energy Management certification is crucial to businesses moving forward amid a world energy crisis
DR JOHN RYANISO 50001 Energy Management certification is crucial to businesses moving forward amid a world energy crisis

Construction Inc profit margin at low 2.8%, shows Stats SA

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2013 South Africa’s construction industry saw its average profit margin plunge from 5% in 2009, to 2.8% in 2011, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Pali Lehohla on Wednesday. Income in the sector reached R267-billion in 2011, down from R285-billion in 2009, the year the... 

Construction Inc profit margin at low 2.8%, shows Stats SA

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng 

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 South African retailer Massmart opened a R400-million environment-friendly Makro store in Alberton, in the south of Johannesburg, as part of its new-generation stores. Makro’s new-generation stores – those built after 2009 – incorporate technologies which include energy efficient refrigeration... 

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng
Makro store development manager Alan Walker discusses the environmentally friendly elements of the new Makro store, in Alberton. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Manufacturer donates pipes to shack-conversion project

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 Manufacturer of water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems DPI Plastics donated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) building pipes and fittings to the first-ever shack-to-house eco-replacement project in Kayamandi, in the Western Cape. The test phase of the Kayamandi project, which was completed... 

DEA’s green building gets six stars 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2013 The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) new head office, in Pretoria, has become the first government building, as well as the first in Tshwane, to be awarded a six-star Green Star rating. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said on Tuesday, that, in addition to achieving... 

Chemical additive introduced to seal liquid holding concrete structures

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2013 A chemical concrete-additive causes impermeable crystals to grow inside and seal cracks, pores and capillaries and preventing liquids from penetrating the concrete. This nontoxic additive can be used to seal concrete structures in potable water systems and in more aggressive applications, such as... 

Paarl gets its first green star-rated building 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2013 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) had awarded a 4-Star Green Star Office Design Rating to the new Cecilia Square office development, becoming South Africa’s thirty-first green certified project and the Western Cape-based town Paarl’s first. GBCSA, which commented that the number... 

Informal settlement greening initiatives offer food security and safety spin-offs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2013 The green-building concept has started to gain traction internationally as governments and civil society groups begin to take steps to mitigate or adapt to the negative effects of rising greenhouse-gas concentrations. Much of the focus has, however, been on large-scale built-environment... 

Informal settlement greening initiatives offer food security and safety spin-offs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2013 The green-building concept has started to gain traction internationally as governments and civil society groups begin to take steps to mitigate or adapt to the negative effects of rising greenhouse-gas concentration.  

Informal settlement greening initiatives offer food security and safety spin-offs

Greening city infrastructure can help sustain economic growth – report

24th May 2013 The United Nations (UN) released a report showing that greening city urban infrastructure can sustain economic growth while using fewer natural resources. 

Numsa’s eco-friendly JHB regional offices to be completed by July

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     21st May 2013 The R15.5-million refurbishment and transformation of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa’s) regional office, in central Johannesburg, into the first eco-friendly union office in Gauteng, would be complete in July, second VP Christine Olivier said on Tuesday. The... 

Big renewables financing push a highlight of bank’s sustainability report

By: Joanne Taylor     17th May 2013 Standard Bank Group (SBG) has recently released its 2012 ‘Sustainability Report’ and says its sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well. 

Poor building performance, Comp Comm fine see Stefanutti record R162m loss

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2013 The biggest culprit in Stefanutti Stocks’ R162-million loss for the year ended February 28, is the building division’s dismal performance, said Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh on Tuesday. While the proposed R323-million penalty imposed by the Competition Commission, provided for in the 2013... 

Proposed R323m fine higher than expected, says Stefanutti’s Meyburgh

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2013 The R323-million penalty the Competition Commission proposed to levy against construction group Stefanutti Stocks was “higher than expected”, said Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh on Tuesday. Announcing the company’s financial results for the year ended February 28 in Johannesburg, he noted... 

Stefanutti fined R323m in Comp Comm investigation

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2013 Construction group Stefanutti Stocks said on Monday that the proposed penalty it had to pay the Competition Commission in this body’s nationwide investigation into collusion in the local construction industry, had been set at R323-million. “However, with respect to this matter, the board is... 

Indoor energy harvesting innovation under development

10th May 2013 UK-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology developer Solar Press is investigating the potential use of flexible plastic-based OPV modules to be used for an energy harvesting application to supply power for remote, autonomous sensors within buildings. 

New Sandton development is SA’s thirtieth Green Star building

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 Building developer Abland received a four-star Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the design of its Alice Lane project, in Sandton. This is the GBCSA’s thirtieth green star certification. 

Problem road contracts drag down construction group 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2013 Basil Read says two road contracts were largely to blame for the construction group’s R170-million loss for the financial year ended December 31, compared with a R135-million profit in the previous year. Revenue was up 10% to R6.8-billion, while operating margin ended the year at –3.11%. 

Vodacom unveils R4.2m rainwater harvesting project

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th April 2013 Telecommunications group Vodacom on Thursday unveiled its latest initiative to minimise the environmental impact of its head office, in Midrand. The R4.2-million rainwater harvesting project, which Vodacom said was the largest in South Africa, harvests one-million litres of rainwater a month,... 

Digital building infrastructure company adds new technology to its flooring cable systems

12th April 2013 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has designed a flexible low level Soluflex cable floor system, for use in the work environment, which is a new addition to its cable management system. 

DEA awaits outcome of investigation into tender process for R8bn green offices 

By: Natalie Greve     8th April 2013 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is currently awaiting the findings of an investigation by a special audit committee relating to the use of consultants during the awarding of the construction and maintenance tender for its new R8-billion green offices. This followed the release of a... 

Property developer moves to build a greener portfolio

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     5th April 2013 Sectional title property developer Bryprop reports that it is seeking to further enhance its sustainability credentials, having recently secured a Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) five-star Green Star rating for its development of Block E, Upper Grayston, in Gauteng. Bryprop is... 

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... 

Basil Read reports R170m loss; provides for R65m CompCom fine 

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2013 Basil Read said on Wednesday that two road contracts were largely to blame for the construction group’s R170-million loss for the financial year ended December 31, compared with a R135-million profit in the previous year. Revenue was up 10% to R6.8-billion, while operating margin ended the year... 

M&R likely to take R200m hit on industrial unrest

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2013 Strike action in South Africa cost JSE-listed construction group Murray & Roberts an estimated R200-million in the six months ended December 31, says CE Henry Laas. A nationwide transport strike, for example, impacted on the delivery of the group’s construction products to clients. Violent... 

Bank aims for 5-star green-rated Rosebank building

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2013 Financial services group Standard Bank aims to achieve a 5-star green rating for its modern customer-service office in Rosebank that will open in May, says Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Real Estate head Stewart Shaw-Taylor. The building has already received a 5-star as-designed... 

Dawn profit jumps 88%; Africa materialising as growth engine

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2013 Building and civil products supplier and manufacturer Dawn reported a healthy improvement in its financial wellbeing on Thursday, recording R90.1-million profit after tax for the six months ended December 31, 2012. This was an 88% improvement over the comparable period in the previous financial... 

Sustainable solutions needed to deal with worrying imbalances, says Saice president

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2013 Environmentalists and demographers increasingly warn of the dire consequences of population growth, not only for present generations, but also of the decline of essential biodiversity and the environmental degradation and deterioration in the quality of life for future generations, says South... 

Labour strife gives recovering Murray & Roberts a R200m bill

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2013 Strike action in South Africa cost JSE-listed construction group Murray & Roberts an estimated R200-million in the six months ended December 31, said CE Henry Laas on Thursday as he announced the company’s interim financial results. A nationwide transport strike, for example, impacted on the... 

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