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Green Building News

Renewables can provide 99.9% power to grid – study

18th January 2013 A well-designed combination of wind power, solar power and storage in batteries and fuel cells would nearly always exceed electricity demands, while keeping costs comparable to today’s electricity expenses, scientists at the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical Community College... 

Consulting group builds new green office at emerging Gauteng hub

By: Joanne Taylor     14th December 2012 Consulting services firm Golder Associates has announced the start of the construction of what is set to be the first commercial offices at Waterfall Estate, in Midrand. 

New Green Roads Council SA seeks to develop local rating tool

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2012 A new body, the Green Roads Council of South Africa (GRCSA), is seeking to develop a system rating the sustainability of road design and construction in the country. The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) serves on the interim board of the GRCSA, along with other... 

Regional demand for SA alternative building technologies rising

7th December 2012 South African exports of alternative building technologies (ABTs) into Southern Africa are gathering pace across an increasingly wider proportion of the region as it continues to gain momentum amid economic growth and infrastructural development. 

Funders require energy efficiency evidence before supporting projects 

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2012 The specific measurements and energy reduction achieved by various energy efficiency projects or technologies must be proven and sustainable to receive funding from development organisations and fund managers for energy efficiency projects, said two finance institutions at the Industrial... 

Group Five order book up, market starting to bottom out

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2012 Group Five on Wednesday reported a gentle uptick in its total construction order book to R12.08-billion, up from R11.3-billion at the end of June. The infrastructure group’s new multiyear operations and maintenance order book, which stood at R4.85-billion at the end of June, had decreased to... 

Green economy opens opportunities for local manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2012 Growing the green economy in South Africa would open a number of opportunities in the manufacturing sector, particularly for solar water heaters, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Under the Green Economy Accord, launched last year with an aim of creating 300 000 jobs by... 

New introductory cement course available in South Africa

23rd November 2012 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has announced that it will offer the Institute of Concrete Technology’s (ICT’s) internationally- recognised 'Concrete Technology and Construction – Concrete Practice' course in South Africa. The course will be presented at the C&CI School of Concrete... 

New Gauteng industrial park advancing

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd November 2012 The first phase of the 100 ha Lords View Industrial Park, which is located in Chloorkop, Johannesburg, is advancing. Construction began in November 2011 and is scheduled for completion in April 2013. 

MTN’s trigen plant to expand, incorporate other players

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2012 The success of MTN’s first trigeneration plant has sparked an influx of South African companies wanting to join the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) of the telecommunication group’s next clean energy project, carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie... 

Delayed tenders, mine strikes to take toll on Aveng

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2012 Adverse market conditions, notably in the construction and steel environment, were still impacting on the Aveng Group, said chairperson Angus Band in a statement at the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday. He noted that the construction market in Australasia had slowed down... 

IDC concludes R5bn 'green bond' with PIC

7th November 2012 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has concluded a R5-billion private placement with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) for a 'green bond', established to facilitate funding for businesses looking to invest in clean-energy infrastructure developments. The partnership was in line... 

Green building rating tool for public and education buildings launched

By: Natalie Greve     26th October 2012 South African green building standards authority the Green Building Council has launched its first rating tool designed specifically for dedicated public and educational structures, at the GBCSA Convention and Exhibition, held in Sandton this week. 

Perception that greening costs a lot more holding back sustainable designs 

By: Jean McKenzie     25th October 2012 A major barrier to developing more sustainable buildings in South Africa was the perception that green developments came at a significantly higher cost than standard developments, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO Brian Wilkinson said on Thursday. “Research showed that the... 

Vodacom’s innovation site wins green star award

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2012 JSE-listed Vodacom’s Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre on Wednesday evening received the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Highest Scoring Green Star Project 2008 to 2012 award. The six-star Green Star SA-rated building, based at the group’s head office, in Midrand,... 

Green rating tool launched for public and education buildings

By: Jean McKenzie     24th October 2012 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) officially launched the Green Star SA Public and Education Building version 1 rating tool at its yearly convention in Cape Town on Wednesday. The tool would be used to assess and assign a Green Star SA rating based on the environmental merits of... 

SA must determine route to sustainable development – expert

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th October 2012 South Africa would have to find ways of achieving sustainable development, as the country’s cities were expected to triple in size over the next 50 years, Dan Epstein, head of sustainability for the London Olympics, said Thursday. He told Engineering News Online that South Africa was not faring... 

Cape Town’s soon-to-be tallest skyscraper aims for green star rating 

By: Jean McKenzie     17th October 2012 Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday visited the construction site of what will soon be Cape Town’s tallest skyscaper, the Portside building, to highlight the return of the province’s construction sector to a growth trajectory. Once complete the... 

Alexander Forbes office achieves 4-star green building rating  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th October 2012 Financial services giant Alexander Forbes’ new headquarters in Sandton has received a 4-Star Green Star office design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) on Tuesday. Speaking at the inauguration of the building, situated at 115 West street, in the Sandton central... 

Overhauled solar-geyser incentive to focus on industrial spin-offs 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2012 The South African government and Eskom have revised the contracting and funding models for the mass roll-out of solar water heaters (SWHs). In future, the programme will be funded by the taxpayer, rather than the electricity consumer, and will focus heavily on stimulating local manufacture and... 

Initiative promotes sustainable construction

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Marketer of environment-friendly building materials Eco Exhibit, launched its permanent demonstration space to showcase sustainable designs and green building materials and products at the Northgate Estate, in Cape Town, in May. 

Rural schools win sustainable architecture award 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th October 2012 The Vele Secondary School, in Limpopo, and Lebone II College, in the North West province, were recently crowned winners of the Afrisam South African Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Architecture. Vele was honoured for its construction project, which saw the school altered from a... 

Mining, oil and gas and Africa identified as key growth sectors for M&R

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts has concluded the recovery year of its three-year recovery and growth strategy, says CEO Henry Laas. 

Some carbon-capture roadmap movement, but still a long way to go

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2012 National policy developments and Cabinet endorsement of a geological carbon capture and storage (CCS) roadmap in South Africa can be viewed as major advances for CCS in the country. But scientists say that significant research and prospecting must be still completed before a comprehensive... 

Push on to expose industry to energy efficient building standard

By: Joanne Taylor     21st September 2012 South Africa's new energy efficiency in buildings standard, SANS 204, which has been developed to provide guidelines for the design of energy-efficient buildings, is now being marketed and popularised. 

Cape Town industrial buildings being converted into mixed-use complex

21st September 2012 Three neighbouring industrial buildings in Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, are being refurbished into a trendy, upmarket mixed-use complex, known as The Woodstock Exchange. 

Rural solar power lighting up people’s lives, research shows

21st September 2012 The large-scale use of solar-powered lighting in a rural community offers several benefits, including an enhanced sense of safety, significant cost and time savings, as well as more school homework being completed by children in Mpumalanga, showed research conducted by South African development... 

M&R says platform in place to move from recovery to growth

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts has reported an attributable loss of R736-million for the financial year ended June 30, of which R208-million was in the second half of the year, as the group accounted for “significant charges and contract completion costs” during the 12-month period. The... 

WBHO edges ever more outside SA, FS roads payment starts to flow

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2012 Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) earned around 60% of its 2012 financial year revenue outside South Africa, said CEO Louwtjie Nel on Monday, up from 52% in the previous financial year, which was the first time in the 41-year history of the construction group that the majority of its revenue was... 

WBHO profit dips, but holds steady at above R700m

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2012 Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) saw a 9.6% drop in profit for the financial year ended June 30, at R713-million, compared with R789-million in the previous 12-month period. Operating margin declined from 7.4% to 5.5%. WBHO attributed this to competitive conditions in South... 

Trigen plant leads to international carbon credit deal, more projects

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN's Fairlands trigeneration project has inspired the implementation of similar projects at other MTN branches, including its offices in Centurion, Germiston and Doornfontein, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon advisor Katie Ross. MTN launched the R22-million... 

SA green building body working on socioeconomic rating tool

31st August 2012 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), in conjunction with the World Green Building Council (WGBC), has announced the development of a new framework and rating-tool category designed exclusively for the distinctive features of green buildings in developing countries. 

Green-rated buildings ‘don’t cost an arm and a leg’

31st August 2012 There is no significant difference between construction costs for green buildings and those of conventional buildings, and green buildings achieve better investment returns and higher valuations, says industry body Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO Brian Wilkinson. 

SA smart-grid deployment should draw on global experiences

31st August 2012 A domestic smart grid must be mapped out correctly to avoid any unnecessary and awkward setbacks, as have been experienced by some projects internationally, and requires government to partially fund the projects, says Frost & Sullivan energy and power Africa business unit leader Cornelis van der... 

M&R reports R736m loss, looks ahead to 'growth years'

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts on Wednesday reported an attributable loss of R736-million for the financial year ended June 30, of which R208-million was in the second half of the year, as the group accounted for “significant charges and contract completion costs” during the 12-month period.... 

Key manufacturing incentive deadline draws near

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2012 Friday August 31 is a key deadline for potential beneficiaries of government’s R5.8-billion Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to submit their applications. The incentive scheme, which was unveiled in the February Budget, was officially launched in May and the Department... 

Construction sector to sign safety accord

By: SANews, SA government news service     21st August 2012 Stakeholders in the construction sector are to sign a historic accord on Friday aimed at improving safety in the industry. These include stakeholders from business, organised labour, government, civil society groups and academics. 

 The event, which is being hosted by the Department of Labour,... 

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