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Green Building News

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. 

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... 

Facilities 
management takes on green
building

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. 

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