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Green Building News

Amended building legislation drives energy efficiency

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, of 1977, has been amended to introduce legislation that calls for more energy efficient construction technologies and building methods, and requires building projects to meet certain sustainability criteria. 

Alternative solution employs by-products to produce affordable houses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2011 Banking firm First National Bank and chemical company Sasol have joined forces to develop new affordable houses made from mining and manufacturing by-products. 

SA opting for an evolutionary green-infrastructure transition

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th October 2011 The infrastructure backlog has been hampering South Africa’s development over the past few years. But, in dealing with this challenge, the country also needs to consider ways to build sustainable infra-structure that takes account of the country’s ecosystems and rich biodiversity, the maintenance... 

GBCSA launches rating tool for multi-unit residential buildings

By: Jean McKenzie     27th October 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) officially launched the Green Star SA Multi Unit Residential v1 rating tool and the Public and Education Buildings Pilot rating tool at its convention in Cape Town. The Multi Unit Residential rating tool was released following a pilot period... 

Vodacom achieves SA's first 6-star green building rating

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2011 Mobile group Vodacom has achieved South Africa’s first six-star Green Star SA rating for its new Vodafone Innovation Centre building, in Midrand, Johannesburg. The building, which would be completed in the first quarter of 2012, would be carbon neutral and powered by renewable energy, the... 

Korean car group building green SA head office

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2011 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has started construction on its R75-million new head office, to be located on a 8 000 m2 site in Bedfordview.  

Noshcon celebrates 50 years

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2011 NOSA's fiftieth international occupational safety, health and environmental risk management conference and exhibition (Noshcon) attracted close to 700 visiting delegates. 

Kenyan utility making use of international expertise in developing IPP projects

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2011 Kenya’s main listed power utility company Kenya Power has built institutional capacity by using international engineering expertise to help it with the development of independent power producer (IPP) projects, says Kenyan energy consultant David Mwangi. 

Three more office developments certified under Green Star SA

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th September 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) certified three new green office developments under the Green Star South Africa (SA) rating system in September, bringing the number of certified ratings in the country up to nine. The three latest buildings to achieve their Green Star SA... 

Minister mum on internal corruption probe

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd September 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde says the investigation of irregularities in the Department of Public Works (DPW) by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is still ongoing. “Once the report has been completed, it will be submitted to the office of President Jacob Zuma”, said the... 

From competition probes to liquidity, M&R acknowledges risks remain

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2011 As Murray & Roberts last month gave details of its performance for the financial year ended June 30, CE Henry Laas noted that there remained some risk to the construction group – which reported a R1.74-billion loss – going forward. 

Green Building Council to launch pilot public and education rating tool 

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd September 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) issued a call for buildings that could be rated under its new Public and Education Building (PEB) pilot rating tool, which would be formally launched in October. The PEB pilot tool was developed by the GBCSA technical teams, and sponsored by the... 

The case for green retrofitting is clear, says CIDB’s Milford

By: Jean McKenzie     21st September 2011 ‘Green’ retrofitting has great potential for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions at a comparatively low cost, Construction Industry Development Board programme manager Dr Rodney Milford said on Tuesday, urging the building industry to embark on the endeavour. The case for green retrofitting and... 

Dawn reports loss on back of market squeeze, incorrect stock levels

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2011 JSE-listed building and civil products supplier and manufacturer Dawn on Friday reported a R28.9-million loss after tax for the financial year ended June 30, while group operating margin dipped to 0.9% from 5.7% in the previous financial year. Revenue was up 5% to R3.79-billion. Dawn CEO Derek... 

28 electricity cuts added R5m to DPI’s losses, says Dawn 

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2011 Around R5-million of pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics’ loss of R33-million for the financial year ended June 30, could be attributed to electricity cuts, said Dawn COO Colin Bishop on Friday. “We had 28 electricity cuts during the [financial] year, of which 12 were in June 2011 alone,” he noted.... 

Contractor looks abroad as SA flatlines

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2011 The South African construction industry is “flat as far as we can see”, says Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “I can’t see the light. It’s going to remain a tough environment for a long time.” The 2011 financial year, which ended June 30, was then also the first year in the... 

Murray & Roberts laments a year of almost unprecedented challenges

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2011 Murray & Roberts reported a R1.74-billion loss for the financial year ended June 30, after what the construction group said were “significant charges and contract completion costs”, especially on the Gautrain project. 

Green building council sharpens its focus on training 

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th September 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has put strong focus on training, as the demand from built environment professionals to learn more about green building techniques and the green building rating system increases in South Africa. The benefits of green buildings, such as cost... 

WBHO targets Africa, Aus as SA market wanes; questions PPP future

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2011 The South African construction industry was “flat as far as we can see”, said Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel on Monday. “I can’t see the light. It’s going to remain a tough environment for a long time.” The 2011 financial year, which ended June 30, was then also the first year... 

SA’s first five-star green building opened in Cape Town

By: Jean McKenzie     2nd September 2011 The Aurecon office building in Century City, Cape Town, has become South Africa’s first five star Green Star SA-rated building. Speaking at the official opening on Thursday, Green Building Council of South Africa executive chairperson Bruce Kerswill said that the Aurecon office was also the... 

Green building methods deployed at R140m cultural project in Ekurhuleni

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2011 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is constructing a R140-million, green building project in honour of apartheid activist Oliver Reginald Tambo, adjacent to Wattville, in Benoni, metres away from the Tamboville cemetery, where he is buried.  

Penalties, uncertified revenue risks to M&R going forward, says CE

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2011 As Murray & Roberts on Thursday gave details of its performance for the financial year ended June 30, CE Henry Laas noted that there remained some risk to the construction group – which reported a R1.74-billion loss – going forward. The current recovery process was all about improving liquidity,... 

Group Five believes SA may be nearing the bottom of its construction cycle

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2011 The local construction market could be at the bottom of what had been a bruising downwards cycle, said Group Five CEO Mike Upton earlier this month as he announced the company’s financial results for the year ended June 30. However, he added that the recovery process would be slower and longer... 

Diesel engine firm in big SA skills development push

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th August 2011 Global manufacturer of diesel engines Cummins is making a significant contribution to engineering skills development, besides other corporate responsibility initiatives. 

Green building techniques key to R140m Benoni development

By: Tracy Hancock     18th August 2011 The City of Ekurhuleni expects the first phase of a R140-million green building project in honour of apartheid activist Oliver Reginald Tambo to be completed by the end of December. The project is adjacent to Wattville, in Benoni, metres away from the Tamboville cemetery where he was buried.  

Market bottoming out, says Group Five, but warns of slow recovery 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2011 The local construction market could be at the bottom of what had been a bruising downwards cycle, said Group Five CEO Mike Upton on Monday. However, he added that the recovery process would be slower and longer than originally expected. No specific aspect would spur on this recovery, he noted,... 

Greener building techniques begin to gain traction in South Africa  

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th August 2011 The green building industry in South Africa is showing signs of maturation, with increasing numbers of architects, engineers and product suppliers showing interest in the sector, not only to discover more about it and understand it, but seeking ways in which to successfully implement and create... 

Environment-friendly companies save more money – consultancy

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Many firms believe that establishing environment-friendly operations is an expensive and time-consuming task; however, the operational savings these companies can achieve through the implementation of green strategies can offset the initial investment, says environmental consultants and advisory... 

New CEO to continue driving environmental sustainability adoption

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has appointed Brian Wilkinson as CEO, effective July, following founding CEO Nicola Milne’s decision to step down. 

Car manufacturer building green

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is continuing its drive to ensure its dealerships become more environment-friendly, starting with the development of a new ‘green’ premises for its head office. 

South Africa’s first Green Index launched

By: Dennis Ndaba     12th August 2011 Nedbank Capital has launched South Africa’s first Green Index, which serves as a benchmark for environmentally conscious investors.  

Greener building techniques begin to gain traction in South Africa

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th August 2011 The green building industry in South Africa is showing signs of maturation, with increasing numbers of architects, engineers and product suppliers showing interest in the sector, not only to discover more about it and understand it, but seeking ways in which to successfully implement and create... 

Acsa, Transnet negotiating sale of portion of old Durban International Airport site

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 Negotiations between the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Transnet on the sale of a portion of the old Durban International Airport site are continuing, says ACSA group communications manager Solomon Makgale. 

Sustainable infrastructure seen as core to Joburg's 2040 growth vision 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2011 The City of Johannesburg, whose population is expected to grow to 8-million by 2040 from 3.8-million currently, has acknowledged that it will need to make material investments into transport, water and energy infrastructure if the city is to cope with this anticipated new population dynamic. In... 

Cape Town commercial buildings could improve efficiencies 

By: Jean McKenzie     1st August 2011 Roughly one in three tons of carbon produced by Cape Town’s energy use is generated by commercial buildings, according to Cape Town Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings co-ordinator Sarah Rushmere. While this is equivalent to the global value for buildings, the high carbon cost means... 

New partnerships needed to meet global sustainability targets − Stigson 

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st August 2011 Businesses and governments needed to adopt new ways of engagement and innovative public-private partnerships (PPPs) to trigger transformation and achieve the sustainable development targets set for 2050, said the World Business Council for Sustainable Development president Bjorn Stigson on... 

Durban COP17 meeting should focus on ‘fair’ climate regime – Molewa  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th July 2011 Economic, political and social challenges across the globe have exacerbated concerns about reaching a conclusive agreement at the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, in Durban, later this year. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister... 

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