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Green Building News

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. 

Power, automation technologies to be showcased at Joburg event

By: Darren Parker     23rd October 2009 Power and automation technologies provider ABB will be hosting the 2009 Automation and Power World technology event in South Africa for the first time, from November 11 to November 12. 

GBCSA launches pilot rating tool for retail developments

By: Jade Davenport     22nd October 2009 South Africa's second voluntary green building rating tool in pilot form, the Green Star SA - Retail Centre Pilot Tool, was officially launched by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) in Cape Town on Thursday. The objective of the Green Star SA - Retail Centre rating tool was to... 

Nedbank HQ certified as SA’s first Green Star building 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2009 The second phase of Nedbank’s head office in Sandton had been certified as South Africa’s first Green Star building under the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBSA’s) Office v1 rating tool, the company said on Wednesday. The building, to be completed by April 2010, achieved a four-star... 

Eskom pins power-savings hopes on ‘high-impact’ advisory offerings, as budgets are cut

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2009 State power utility Eskom confirmed in early October that electricity demand was starting to return to levels last witnessed ahead of the economic recession. The supply/demand balance - which eased materially in late 2008 and in the first half of this year, as mines and smelters aligned their... 

How some energy-savvy South Africans have already taken the grid-free leap 

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Despite South Africa’s plentiful supply of solar irradiation, the cheap cost of coal-fired power, compared with relatively expensive renewable-energy technologies, has meant that the uptake of these technologies is slow. To date, there has been little incentive to invest in capital-intensive... 

Cement firm to include carbon-disclosure ‘stamp’ on packaging

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2009 Cement producer Afrisam continues to make an effort to reduce is carbon footprint and move toward sustainable, environment friendly cement production, following its announcement to introduce a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating ‘stamp’ that will appear on every bag of cement that the company... 

Aluminium a tool for 
sustainability in green building

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 Aluminum can contribute to the growing green building market as it is a sustainable material, and is easily and frequently recycled reports the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). 

Fort Hare uses green building design to expand East London campus

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th September 2009 The University of Fort Hare was extending its East London Campus, with what was hailed an “undoubtedly twenty-first century initiative”, which would focus on green building design and sustainability. Grinaker-LTA has been awarded the R56-million building contract, and Grinaker-LTA Building Cape... 

Internationally renowned architect Shaun Killa to speak at green building seminar  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2009 Architectural design specialist Shaun Killa, whose integration of sustainable design into the Bahrain World Trade Centre, among other projects, has gained him international acclaim, would address delegates in Cape Town at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) 2009 convention.... 

Swedish PM Reinfeldt to open SA SymbioCity seminar

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be opening the SymbioCity seminar – focusing on the Swedish project of the same name that promotes holistic and sustainable urban development by finding synergies in urban functions and unlocking their efficiency and profitability – in Johannesburg.... 

ICT could play key role in greener building 

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd September 2009 Electrical Engineering Solutions MD Bradley Hemphill on Wednesday emphasised the importance of an intelligent information communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to achieve a greener, more efficient building. Presenting at the 2009 Intelligent Building Automation symposium in Midrand, he... 

New ‘green’ premises an example of commitment 
to combating climate change – ABB

By: Darren Parker     28th August 2009 Engineering firm ABB South Africa’s new R400-million Longmeadow green facility, east of Johannesburg, is ready to host the company’s largest customer event in Africa with the theme of increasing energy efficiency and raising industrial productivity. 

US biomimicry experts to give public lectures in Cape Town, Johannesburg

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st August 2009 Biomimicry – the process of learning from and emulating nature’s wisdom to create more sustainable designs – would come under the spotlight as chairperson of the Biomimicry Institute Janine Benyus prepared to give public lectures in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The emerging discipline of... 

management takes on green

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 International property consultant Colliers International property and facilities management CEO Bill Ward tells Engineering News that green building designs need to take into account the practicalities of running and maintaining buildings in the future. 

Development aims for KwaZulu-Natal’s first 
Green Star SA rating

14th August 2009 The Lincoln on the Lake project being jointly developed by JSE listed property company Growthpoint Properties, the Louis group and Key Developments aims to be the first Green Star SA Office-rating office building in Kwazulu-Natal.


Green building goes beyond construction 

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 Green building has a positive impact on a number of factors besides simply water and electricity savings. The expansion of green building principles can impact on the ecosystem of an entire city, says PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA)Consulting Engineers green building initiative coordinator... 

Green Star application submitted for Sandton development

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 An application to the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the design category of the Green Star SA Office-rating version one certification has been submitted for the Nedbank phase two head office, in Sandton. 

Green buildings likely to attract better tenants

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said that even in a global economic slowdown, the trend towards sustainable development and green building continued to gain momentum. Experts indicated that green buildings attract better tenants, can be effectively tracked with solid... 

Showerheads to cut costs for consumers

By: Lindsey Berry     17th July 2009 The installation of water-saving showerheads can save households significant amounts of money on their water and electricity bills reports environmental sustainability solutions company Eternally Solar. 

New energy efficiency learning hub launched

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2009 Global energy management company Schneider Electric has announced the debut of Energy University, a vendor-neutral, online educational community that provides the fundamentals needed to implement successful energy efficient solutions scaling various applications.


SA green building benefits from ‘active’ civil society – Chinese organisation

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th July 2009 China-based Sustainability & Innovation international team leader Tiffany Tsui said this week that an “active civil society” would be South Africa’s biggest driving force in promoting green building. She said that she was “impressed by the civil society participation” at this week’s Green... 

New Pretoria mall targets top environmental rating

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th July 2009 The Villa Mall, east of Pretoria, is aiming for a five-star environmental rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, which is currently developing a Green Star rating tool for the retail sector.

The Villa Mall is being developed by Capicol, and the opening date is set for December... 

Green building conference to start in Sandton next week

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd July 2009 Local and international green building experts would be sharing their knowledge of green building and environmentally sustainable building practices at the conference and exhibition, which would be held at the Sandton convention centre on July 7 and July 8 in Johannesburg.... 

New refresher course launched for SA architects

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd July 2009 Local architects said that there was a strong need for mid-career practitioners to engage in a stimulating design refresher course in South Africa. 

Irena to locate HQ in carbon-neutral Abu Dhabi city 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th June 2009 The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), which was established in January this year, has chosen to locate its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. This choice was also said to mark the first time that an international organisation has chosen a Middle East city for its... 

'Green city' master plan approved by Gauteng councils

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th June 2009 The ‘masterplan’ for the new mixed-use green development of Cradle City, has been approved by the councils of the City of Johannesburg and Mogale City, and discussions regarding service delivery are set to start. 

Thailand Steps up Trade with South Africa

25th June 2009 H.E. Dr. Veerasak Jinarat, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand has been on an official visit to Johannesburg and Cape Town in June to promote bi-lateral trade between the Kingdom of Thailand and South Africa. 

Green building council hopes to launch pilot rating tool for shopping centres in Oct  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd June 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has started work on the second suite of Green Star SA rating tools, for retail buildings and shopping centres, with some R1,5-million in funding raised to develop the tool. Funding has been made available by a group of stakeholders, namely... 

4m work opportunities target ‘a conservative estimate’

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2009 A total of R4,1-billion would be spent between now and the end of March 2012 on an expanded public works programme (EPWP) fiscal incentive to support infrastructure projects funded by provinces and municipalities, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge reported on Thursday. Delivering his Budget... 

SA construction industry's health and safety statistics in need of revamp – CIDB  

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2009 Construction sector health and safety numbers had not been improving in tandem with the industry, said Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) construction industry performance programme manager Dr Rodney Milford at Thursday's launch of the CIDB health and safety report, held in Tshwane.... 

Code to monitor building’s environmental performance launched 

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2009 Monitoring the environmental performance of a building in South Africa just got easier, with the launch of the first global Environmental Code for corporate real estate in the country. The Investment Property Databank (IPD) launched the code in Sandton on Wednesday evening, and emphasised the... 

AfDB invests R100m into clean-energy private equity fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R100-million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first Southern Africa-focused private equity fund specialising in the areas of clean-energy and sustainable technologies.  

Green building becoming a mainstream global norm – council

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th May 2009 Globally, during construction and life-cycle, buildings consumed between 40% and 50% of the world’s energy produced, about 30% of resources, 20% of available water, and emit about 23% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than any other single sector. Buildings also produced about 30%... 

Office developers clamber for green-building accreditation, despite the crisis and higher costs

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd May 2009 Although there is no Green Star SA rated and certified property development in South Africa as yet, all the signs point to a built-environment industry that is beginning to take up the challenge of environmentally sound development, and one that is increasingly willing to transform. 

Midrand’s Zonk’izizwe Town Center chosen as climate-positive project 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 The multi-billion Zonk’izizwe Town Center, an Old Mutual Property Investment’s mixed-use development in Midrand, was chosen as one of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme (CPDP). The programme was a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme supporting the... 

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