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Green Building 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. 

Companies realising benefit of green label

By: Leandi Kolver     6th April 2012 Companies are realising that they need to differentiate themselves from other businesses by promoting greener business practices, and part of this is developing or renting green building space, says engineering consultancy WSP GREEN by DESIGN sustainable building consultant Alison Groves. 

Dawn says restructuring has laid foundations for growth

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2012 “We are very pleased with the improvement seen in the last six months. We are extracting the benefits from our restructuring programme over the last three years,” said Dawn CEO Derek Tod earlier this month as he announced his company’s financial results for the six months ended December 31 in... 

City of Johannesburg tables development plan

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2012 The City of Johannesburg on Thursday tabled its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Flagship Programmes for the next five years to the city council, highlighting green projects and infrastructure upgrades as being critical to achieve the Joburg 2040 Strategy outcomes. Executive mayor Parks Tau... 

Anglo Zimele reports substantial interest in Green Fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2012 Anglo American enterprise development arm Zimele reported on Tuesday an “overwhelmingly” positive response from small enterprises in its Green Fund, with over 100 responses since its launch in November last year. Zimele committed R100-million over seven years to its Zimele Green Fund – an amount... 

Sanral SA’s first parastatal to achieve Green Star rating

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2012 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has become the first South African parastatal to achieve a Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for one of its buildings, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said on Tuesday. Sanral’s new corporate head office, in Pretoria,... 

Roodepoort to house property group's flagship 'green store'

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th March 2012 A joint venture between property developer Atterbury Properties and retail giant Pick n Pay will create a R160-million flagship green store.  

Dawn reaps benefits of restructuring as profit jumps 37%

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2012 “We are very pleased with the improvement seen in the last six months. We are extracting the benefits from our restructuring programme over the last three years,” said Dawn CEO Derek Tod on Thursday as he announced his company’s financial results for the six months ended December 31. The... 

Philips launches energy efficient lighting company 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2012 Philips on Thursday launched a new company offering total project solutions in switching to energy efficient lighting solutions for public- and private-sector buildings and businesses. Philips Lighting Solutions, which initially aimed to target commercial and industrial industries, offered... 

Internet Solutions introduces 'green' data centre 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2012 Dimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) on Tuesday launched South Africa’s first “green” energy efficient data centre using Kyoto cooling cells. The Randview data centre, which aimed to reduce client power costs, increase data centre productivity and improve disaster resilience, was... 

Energy sector offers greatest opportunity for construction firms this year – KPMG survey

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2012 The energy sector is where the money is at, it appears from the results of KPMG’s Global Construction Survey 2012. 

Shareholders approve M&R rights issue aimed at cutting debt

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2012 Murray & Roberts’ shareholders have approved the R2-billion rights offer proposed by the construction group, said CEO Henry Laas on Thursday. Speaking at the company’s financial results presentation in Johannesburg, he noted that he could not “disclose the timing” of the offer, indicating only... 

Big projects still to blame as Murray & Roberts reports R528m loss

By: Irma Venter     29th February 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts could not claw its way back to profitability for the six months ended December 31, with the JSE-listed company reporting a loss of R528-million, compared with a loss of R636-million in the same period in the previous financial year. The group said the loss was... 

UK supports SA prosperity, low-carbon growth projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2012 The British High Commission has made £1-million (about R12-million) available for projects relating to prosperity, trade and low-carbon growth in South Africa. This formed part of a global fund, which aimed to build prosperity by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, ensuring... 

Vunani investigates greening of older buildings

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2012 Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF) started examining the viability of converting its 25 properties across South Africa into more efficient ‘greener’ buildings. The investment firm completed a pilot conversion of a 108-year old building in Cape Town’s financial district last year and has been... 

Households benefit from investing in energy-saving solutions, study finds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2012 South African banking firm FNB’s Housing Finance division has announced the findings of a year-long energy efficiency pilot project for ten housing units, in Cosmo City, Johannesburg. 

BioTherm expects to begin work on SA wind, solar projects by Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2012 South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy reports that the bidding process, hosted by Department of Energy (DOE) for the first phase of the renewable energy procurement programme was without stumbling blocks and that it has been a “job well done in every respect of the Request for... 

Firm attains highest construction company carbon disclosure rating

17th February 2012 Construction firm Group Five has achieved the highest rating of any JSE Top 100-listed construction company in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

Outlook for green building is positive, says GBCSA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2012 Green building in South Africa is rapidly becoming the norm, and this year will see the industry develop faster than it has over the past few years reports Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO Brian Wilkinson. 

Civil construction sector braces for another tough year despite early signs of a cyclical bottom

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2012 The local civil construction industry is in for another tough year. Even though there is anecdotal evidence that the current downward cycle has bottomed, expectations are that the market may continue its decline in 2012, albeit at a slower pace than has been the case since the start of the... 

Developer frustrated at lack of progress on North West eco-estate proposal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2012 Bureaucracy in the North West provincial government is hampering social and economical development in rural areas surrounding Naauwpoort, says Chesterton Farms Equestrian Estates developer and director Chester Staples. 

Vodafone unveils ‘green’ innovation centre

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th January 2012 A significant opportunity exists for companies to use their own sector technology and expertise in finding solutions to meet critical social, environmental and governance challenges, mobile group Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys highlighted at the unveiling of parent company Vodafone’s new innovation... 

New thermal insulation for low-cost housing demonstrated

20th January 2012 Tests conducted by research body the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have demonstrated that the energy costs associated with a standard low-income South African house can be reduced through the use of a passive insulation material - the Styrofoam-based Neopor panel,... 

Blending indigenous knowledge, modern technologies for climate resilience

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th December 2011 The Living Beehive, an art installation inspired by the iQhugwane – the traditional Zulu beehive hut, has been commissioned as a Conference of the Parties 17 (COP 17) legacy project, at the Durban Botanical Gardens and was unveiled by Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa late... 

Sandton’s ‘central park’ offers green space in urban jungle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th December 2011 As one of the key business, residential and retail nodes in the City of Johannesburg, the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) is focused on developing and enhancing the area’s public spaces. One such public space is Sandton Central Park, on the corner of Grayston and Sandton drives, which... 

Crossways project dubbed SA’s ‘town of the future’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th December 2011 Construction has started at South Africa’s first green town, known as Crossways Farm Village, located on the edge of Van Staden’s river gorge, outside Port Elizabeth. 

Energy model offers Gauteng better planning visibility

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2011 South African researchers at the policy development body Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) have gathered data and generated predictive models up to 2040 around energy use in the province and surrounding areas, enabling planners to test the long-term impact of investment decisions around... 

All government tiers must prepare for green infrastructure future 

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2011 Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Lechesa Tsenoli has urged academic institutions, researchers, business intelligence organisations and governmental structures at all levels to work together to start detailed and long-term planning for green infrastructure, including renewable... 

Development capital provider lists on the JSE

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2011 Development capital provider BK One raised more than R200-million by listing on the JSE, the company reported on Thursday, its first day of trading on the main board. The JSE approved the listing of the entire issued preference share capital of BK One on December 1 in the ‘preference share’... 

Energy-saving LED streetlights showcased in Durban 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2011 Six streets around the Durban International Conference Centre (ICC), where the United Nations global climate negotiations are under way, have been refitted with 149 energy saving light emitting diode (LED) streetlamps, Royal Philips Electronics said on Friday. The new lighting offer energy... 

Solar solutions provider offers rent-to-own option

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2011 Green solutions company Build It Green has partnered with solar power solutions provider Solarent to provide homeowners with the option to rent-to-own their own solar geysers.  

Upscaling renewables beyond IRP allocations will drive green jobs - report  

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2011 A new ‘Green Jobs’ report estimates that some 130 023 direct jobs could be created by South Africa’s renewable energy sector by 2025, but only if the renewables allocation outlined in the current Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030 is materially expanded. The IRP for electricity, which was... 

Gauteng housing fund keen to accelerate inner-city conversion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th November 2011 Provincial housing finance provider, the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF), says it will be more proactive in sourcing new housing projects in the coming three years and more aggressive in the way it packages its affordable housing offerings. 

Energy efficiency construction standards to overhaul building norms 

18th November 2011 New energy efficient construction regulations, which became effective on November 9, have far-reaching implications and will change the face of the architectural and engineering industries, Garlicke & Bousfield commercial department consultant Michael Hands warns. All new buildings and all... 

Significant growth in local green building practices

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 Increased environmental impact awareness and the push towards infrastructure sustainability have resulted in considerable growth in the use of green building techniques in South Africa. 

SA’s first ‘six-star’ green building

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2011 South African cellular phone services provider Vodacom, and its parent company Vodafone, have broken new ground in South Africa by achieving the first six-star Green Star SA rating for the Vodafone Innovation Centre building in Midrand, Johannesburg.  

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