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Green Building News

‘Green’ bricks for 
community clinic

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Manufacturer of recycled bricks Cape Brick is supplying an energy-efficient, environment-friendly concrete masonry product for the construction of the Malmesbury/Wesbank Community Day Centre (CDC), a community day clinic, in the Western Cape.

The construction of the 2 000-m2 clinic started in... 

GE's $200m green innovation competition gathers momentum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2010 Global technology group General Electric's (GE's) $200-million competition for "breakthrough" green-energy ideas has reportedly already attracted around 1 000 submission. The competition, which was launched last month, is being pursued in collaboration with venture capital firms Emerald... 

R150m green building project under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Global engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon reports that is consolidating its Cape Town operations from three separate buildings into a single location.  

A third rating tool in the pipeline for SA

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) reports that it has recently started developing a new Green Star SA rating tool for Multi-Unit Residential buildings with a targeted pilot launch in December. 

Energy saving technology ensures sustainability

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI reports that it has completed a contract for the design and construction of the Maize Trust in Pretoria. 

Association’s KZN offices go green

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Bruce Clark Associate Architects (BCAA) is currently in the final stages of completing the upgrade the Master Builders Association’s (MBA’s) offices, in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal. The MBA represents contractors operating in the building industry. 

Sanral’s head office to be completed by March 2011 

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th August 2010 Architectural and interior designer company Activate Architecture has been contracted to design the new South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) R104-million head office, in Pretoria. Construction company GD Irons Construction is the main contractor for this project. Construction... 

Cement giant launches first ecocement in SA

13th August 2010 Cement producer Afrisam has launched its first ecocement in South Africa, Eco Building Cement, which has an overall carbon footprint of 401 g/kg, less than one-half that of the world average of 890 g/kg as set out by the Cembureau and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. 

DEA looking for projects to support green-economy strategy 

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd August 2010 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is looking to identify potential projects that could contribute to ‘green growth' in South Africa, and has invited industry to submit expressions of interest (EOI). This is in response to the Green Economy Summit, which was held in May, where the... 

Construction giant advances with green initiatives

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2010 Construction giant Basil Read’s developments division is moving ahead with a series of initiatives that are aimed at reducing its carbon footprint; a vision which has come to life at the division’s site office in Cosmo City, in the north-west of Johannesburg, where a 1 105-ha mixed-use,... 

Green building convention to have strong maintenance focus

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th July 2010 The 2010 Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) convention would have a strong focus on facilities management and property management, said GBCSA CEO Nicola Douglas. While design and construction have been prioritised when the built environment discussed green building initiatives, there... 

Growing awareness supports green building in SA

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th July 2010 Global research consultancy Frost & Sullivan (F&S) noted that while green building practices continued to gain momentum in South Africa, the sector still faced challenges, including a misconception of the costs involved in green design and construction, and a lack of appropriate policy and... 

Best-in-class design used to prove green houses can also be affordable

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th July 2010 South Africa’s built environment is earmarked as a sector having a significant role to play in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. But with a low-income housing backlog of more that two-million units, the affordable-housing sector potentially also has an important role... 

Best-in-class design used to prove green houses can also be affordable

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th July 2010 South Africa’s built environment is earmarked as a sector having a significant role to play in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. But with a low-income housing backlog of more that two-million units, the affordable housing sector potentially also has an important role... 

Menlyn Maine breaks ground for new ‘green-city’ precinct

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th July 2010 The multi-billion rand ‘green-city' precinct of Menlyn Maine on Wednesday broke ground at the site, where bulk earthworks for the construction of its first anchor tenant building will get under way. The first tenant building would be complete by 2012. Nedbank has been confirmed as the first... 

Four SA cities earmarked for big Africa green city review 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2010 German technology giant Siemens has commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to compile an ‘African Green City Index' by the beginning of 2011, ranking the greenest cities in 12 African countries, including four South African cities. The study follows on from the recent publication of... 

New energy-efficiency hub on cards for SA

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th July 2010 A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday opening the way for the establishment of the so-called South African Regional Energy Efficiency Centre (SAREEC), which is expected to begin operations within 24 months. Once developed, the centre will offer research and information, as... 

Renewables scale-up core to Zille's sustainability road map 

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2010 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille officially released the Western Cape provincial government's (WCPG) strategic plan on environmental sustainability and resource-use efficiency in Cape Town on Wednesday, in which a target was set for generating 15% of the province's electricity from renewable... 

MTN seeks US Green Building Council certification for Fairlands office

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th July 2010 Telecommunications provider MTN has registered its office campus in Fairlands to become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) certified facility with the US Green Building Council - making it the first South African company to seek such certification for an existing operation.... 

Growth for green solutions in KZN

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is becoming increasingly green conscious, with work being done to transform existing buildings into environment-friendly, or green buildings, and to design and construct new buildings to be ecofriendly.  

SA shows strong growth in green building, energy efficiency – Legrand

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th May 2010 French electrical automation company Legrand said on Thursday that even though South Africa was still a relatively "newcomer" to the green building industry, the market had shown significant growth over the past three years. The global green building market currently accounts for about... 

SA could be a global leader in greening the built environment – Doidge

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th April 2010 Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge on Thursday reiterated a "call for action" to move towards a ‘greener' built environment - which would need leadership from government, as well as expertise and innovation from industry. Addressing delegates gathered at the alive2green green building conference... 

Green building rating tool making built-environment inroads

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd April 2010 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is progressing with the development of new Green Star South Africa (SA) rating tools for various sectors of the built environment. The training of built environment professionals to adequately use the tools is also an important aspect of the... 

Green building council to launch retail rating tool this month

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th April 2010 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) would launch the Green Star SA rating tool for new retail centre developments within the next two weeks, and expected interested parties to start registering for certification of proposed shopping centres by the end of April. "We are already... 

This ‘green’ building reflects the nation’s values 
– Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela chief

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th March 2010 The newly occupied Moruleng office development in the Northwest province, which will house the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration (BBKTA), displays progressive energy efficient and eco-sensitive design principles to reduce energy consumption and create a pleasant healthy work... 

Legislation key to unlocking energy efficiency, agency says

By: Lindsey Berry     26th March 2010 Legislation will have to be the driving force for extensive implementation of energy efficiency measures in South Africa said National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) acting operations manager Barry Bredenkamp at the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) energy efficient solutions workshop, in... 

Joburg to be first Southern African city to sign Clinton energy contract

By: Lindsey Berry     26th March 2010 The City of Johannesburg is set to be the first organisation in sub-Saharan Africa to sign an energy performance contract (EPC) reported nongovernmental organisation the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) city director for the Johannesburg area John Less. 

Green Building handbook to earn architects CPD credits

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2010 Architectural professionals would be able to redeem continuing professional development (CPD) category-3 credits from purchasing a copy of the Green Building handbook from February 2010. The chapters of the handbook, which is divided into volume 1 and volume 2, will be grouped together into... 

Group Five seeks more work abroad, in private sector 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2010 Group Five was seeking a return to a “nice mix of public and private work such as before the super-boom”, said CEO Mike Upton on Thursday as he announced the company’s results for the six months ended December 31. He was also in favour of procuring more work abroad. Upton said this was driven... 

Holistic energy audits will contribute to efficient building management

By: Lindsey Berry     12th February 2010 Energy audits that assess all aspects of energy consumption will significantly benefit energy efficiency initiatives for buildings, says South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) energy efficiency task team head Douw de Kock. 

LED street lighting solution could stretch municipal budgets

By: Jacqueline Holman     12th February 2010 A State-owned power utility Eskom 2009 eta award winner, light-emitting diode (LED) and daylighting solutions provider Light Kinetics, has made it possible to stretch municipal budgets without compromising service benefits to local communities. 

JDA adds ‘green building’ to inner-city regeneration awards

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th February 2010 Nominations for the third yearly Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) Halala Awards, which celebrate regeneration and development in the inner city, opened on Thursday. This year, the ‘Sustaining Joburg' category has been amended to focus on the "green agenda" of development in the Johannesburg... 

Materials supplier invests R1,2bn 
in capacity extensions

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th December 2009 Building material supplier Lafarge has invested R1,2-billion in capacity extensions in South Africa owing to its confidence in the future and potential of the country,” says Lafarge Cement CEO Thierry Legrand. 

Initiative targets a reduction in healthcare sector’s energy use

27th November 2009 The healthcare industry consumes about 30% of the energy spend of State governments worldwide, making this sector the biggest energy consumer, technical building solutions company Honeywell head of healthcare South Asia Pacific Val Jovevski tells Engineering News. 

SA green building industry benefits from first certified project  

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th November 2009 Green building is set to get easier, and cheaper, as the South African building industry gains experience and becomes increasingly geared to deliver more environmentally sustainable commercial developments, says the team involved in the first certified green building in South Africa. Early... 

ArcelorMittal mulls energy efficient building plant for South Africa  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th November 2009 The construction division of global steel producer ArcelorMittal on Thursday reported that it is considering investing into a continuous production plant in South Africa, to produce energy-efficient construction materials for the local market. Speaking at an event hosted by the French Energy... 

New logistics centre to increase capacity

30th October 2009 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB South Africa’s new 4 400-m² Longmeadow green building, in Gauteng, will be commissioned in November this year. 

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