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Green Building News

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,... 

Climatic understanding key to informing green design

By: Natalie Greve     10th August 2012 A thorough understanding of domestic climatic conditions and a detailed set of quantified climatic data are essential prerequisites for the development of suitable passive design strategies in construction and the subsequent performance analysis. 

Large mixed-use commercial precinct rising in Midrand

10th August 2012 Waterfall Business Estate, developed by Atterbury Property Group, will span from the Woodmead Interchange through the Buccleuch Interchange to the Allandale Interchange, joining Modderfontein in the east and Kyalami in the west, unifying northern Sandton and Midrand. 

Winde sees big jobs potential in Western Cape green economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2012 Employment opportunities in the Western Cape’s green economy are projected to grow 500% by 2020, with the majority of the new opportunities to be created in the manufacturing of components for the renewable energy sector. Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde... 

First Green Star rating for provincial government building

3rd August 2012 The Department of Public Works’ Sisonke district office, in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, became the first provincial government building to receive a 5-Star Green Star SA office design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson commented that the State,... 

Vertical shaft brick kiln reduces coal use by 50%

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2012 “The new Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (SA-VSBK), deployed and tested in Nepal and India and developed further in South Africa as part of a South-South technology transfer programme involving local brick makers and Swiss expertise, reduces the coal consumption required to fire the kilns by as much as... 

First Green Star certification for refurbished building

3rd August 2012 The Millennia Park office building, in Stellenbosch, has become the first refurbished building in South Africa to achieve a 5 Star Green Star SA certification from rating organisation the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Big London train station solar array project advances

20th July 2012 The installation of 4 400 solar panels on the roof of the Blackfriars train station in central London reached the halfway mark in July, said British railway operator Network Rail. 

DEA breaks ground on R8bn ‘green’ head office 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2012 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Thursday broke ground on its new R8-billion head office in Pretoria, which will be South Africa’s first government-owned green building. The building, which was designed to meet the green output specifications outlined in the Climate Change... 

Nedbank unveils Menlyn Maine green-star-rated building  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2012 Banking group Nedbank has unveiled the first of seven Green Star South Africa-rated commercial buildings in South Africa's first 'green' precinct, Menlyn Maine, in Tshwane. Speaking at the launch on Tuesday evening, Nedbank head of workspace planning Deon Minnie said the R350-million, 16 400 m2... 

Sustainable insulation key to green ‘off the grid’ living 

By: Natalie Greve     29th June 2012 Extensive temperature insulation of residential structures is crucial to the efficacy of off-the-grid, solar-powered living, asserts property developer the Green Housing Company CEO Brett Petzer. 

First refurbished green building to earn 5-star rating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2012 The 29-year-old Millennia Park office building, in Stellenbosch, has achieved a five-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 ‘Design’ certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). Millennia Park is the first refurbished building in South Africa to receive this accolade. 

Green building body unveils green lease toolkit

22nd June 2012 A new 'Green Lease Toolkit' has been developed in South Africa in response to a market demand that has been expressed in recent times by both tenants and landlords. 

Second-quarter building confidence falls

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2012 Building confidence in the second quarter of the 2012 fell to 27 points after increasing to 34 points in the first quarter, as perception of the industry falters, First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) reported on Tuesday. However, despite the fall in confidence,... 

Plasterboard systems gaining market acceptance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st June 2012 South African construction companies are starting to realise the benefits of plasterboard systems for drywalling, as it saves building costs, energy and time, also providing a green alternative to building materials. 

Waterfront gains green-audit recognition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st June 2012 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most visited and recognised tourist destinations is the first of its kind in Africa to be independently audited and certified for its environmental compliance - the Heritage Environmental Management Company (Heritage) reports. 

Slow payment from provinces, problem contracts blot Stefanutti results

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2012 A lack of skills, payment-system challenges and a high turnaround of staff at provincial government departments all added to the cash flow pressure Stefanutti Stocks was experiencing, said CEO Willie Meyburgh on Tuesday. “We do get paid, and in full, just very late,” he lamented. “It’s a... 

Green building council to host fifth convention in October 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2012 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has started preparing for its fifth yearly convention and exhibition, taking place from October 23 to 25, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The convention aimed to provide a platform for education, knowledge sharing and peer... 

Umhlanga office complex receives green accreditation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th April 2012 JSE-listed property investment holdings company Growthpoint Properties reports it has earned a 4-Star Green Star Office As-Built-certification for its Lincoln on the Lake office development in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Consulting firm targeting solar, wind prospects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th April 2012 International consulting company 3E has officially launched an office in South Africa, aiming to be an independent, renewable energy-consulting partner for project developers, investors, asset managers and system operators. 

Energy efficient technologies integrated into varsity residence 

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2012 Readily available energy efficiency technologies have been integrated into the design of a student accommodation apartment block in Sunnyside, Pretoria, to provide hot water, says solar water heating and heat pump specialist company SunTank. 

Partnerships vital to advancing Africa’s green-building sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2012 A country’s green agenda can be advanced through effective government and private sector partnerships, which also hold a number of potential benefits for the economic and social sectors. 

Green building industry sees increase in existing building retrofits

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 As green building techniques become pervasive and grow to be standard practice, the benefits that can be realised from revitalising and retrofitting ageing building stock will encourage more refurbishments of existing buildings using green building principles. 

Green building conference now conducted on a modular basis 

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 This year, media and events company Alive2green’s Green Building Conference, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on July 25 and 26, will have four modules, each with a distinct focus, director Gordon Brown tells Engineering News. 

Phase 2 of green street project to be undertaken

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Following the successful completion of the first phase of South Africa’s first green street retrofit project in Cato Manor, in Durban, a second phase will now be undertaken, reports Green Building Council of South Africa socioeconomic & advocacy consultant Sarah Rushmere. 

Green hospital completed three months ahead of schedule

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Architectural firm ACG Architects & Development Planners has, in joint association with architectural and design firm Ngonyama Okpanum Associates, completed work on a new R400-million hospital, which incorporates green building measures, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, three months ahead of schedule. 

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