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Green Building News

GBCSA seeks new CEO as Wilkinson announces retirement

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2016 The hunt is on for the next leader of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) after CEO Brian Wilkinson announced his early retirement plans after five years at the helm. With Wilkinson planning to step down at the end of August, GBCSA chairperson Seana Nkhahle tasked deputy chairperson... 

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus
Photo by Dylan Slater
SOLAR PARK The Telkom headquarters, in Pretoria, are set to produce 3 MW of solar photovoltaic electricity once operational

Stainless steel more prominent in construction

27th May 2016 Multinational stainless steel manufacturer Outokumpu has seen more of  its products being used in construction products in recent years, owing to changes in technology, increased environmental awareness and economic constraints. Increasingly sophisticated medical equipment requires an equally... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction
ÁGUILAS BRIDGE The lightweight stainless steel footbridge was erected over the Cañarete watercourse, at the popular coastal town in the south of Spain

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans
HOUSING UNIT Each of the 75 units will house six children and a caretaker

Conference demonstrates company’s commitment to clients

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Alternative building solutions developer Hydraform International held a two-day conference on its business development plan for existing and prospective clients at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, in Boksburg, last month. Themed ‘Hydraform: Committed to your Journey’, the... 

Conference demonstrates  company’s commitment  to clients
HYDRAFORM: COMMITTED TO YOUR JOURNEY The 2016 conference was meant to foster closer relationships between Hydraform and its clients

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations

By: Donna Slater     20th May 2016 Nonprofit company the Concrete Society of Southern Africa is calling for nominations for its biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete.  

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations
CONCRETE DESIGN 2015 Fulton Award winner, the Fairscape Precinct Office Tower in Botswana

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions
FILING THE GAP Aerated mortar is used to fill Moladi's formwork mould in order to create walls

USAID building gets green star rating

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) new office building, in Pretoria, with a five-star rating, after improvements were made to the building. These included the installation of a solar panel grid system,... 

USAID building gets green star rating

Green building recognition for engineering firm’s Cape Town building

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2016 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town.  

Green building recognition for engineering  firm’s Cape Town building
GREEN BUILDING The Aurecon West building is a 5-star Green Star South Africa-rated building

AfriSam-Saia Award introduces two new categories

By: Samantha Herbst     20th April 2016 The programme for this year’s AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Award for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation will now include two new categories, namely Sustainable Products & Technology and Sustainable Social Programmes, which join the mainstay categories of Sustainable... 

AfriSam-Saia Award introduces two new categories
Alexander Forbes' headquarters took top honours at the 2014 AfriSam-Saia Award

Prompt payment regulations expected to be gazetted later this year

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Amendments to the Construction Industry Development Board Act, which would introduce prompt payment and adjudication regulations, was expected to be released later this year, said Global law firm Clyde & Co at a seminar in Sandton earlier this week. Johannesburg branch partner Rob Scott noted... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th April 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has passed the halfway... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects
PROPERTY POWER Growthpoint’s Airport Industria property near Cape Town International Airport is one of the properties that have a solar power system

Innovative power generation projects share award

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 To encourage the innovation of a system that generates and transmits power independently, this year’s African Energy Awards, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month, awarded the innovation prize to a urine-powered battery system and an Eternity power thermal harvesting project. Menlopark high... 

Innovative power generation projects share award
AFRICAN ENERGY AWARDS Both Nicole Barwise and Vuselela Energy were awarded the R300 000 innovation prize

Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly Blue Rock Village under way

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2016 The mixed-use Blue Rock Village, valued at R14-billion, is being developed by property development and management company Swisatec as an upgrade to the existing Blue Rock Resort, in Cape Town, incorporating various green aspects.  

Development of Cape Town’s ecofriendly  Blue Rock Village under way
WATERFRONT Blue Rock Village is situated alongside the only lake in the Cape Town

Makro store goes green  

By: Anine Kilian     14th April 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. The store, which would officially be launched on April 20, would also be the first Makro store to make use of renewable energy to... 

Makro store goes green

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand
Photo by Reuters
RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers

PPS building achieves high green rating

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Financial services company Professional Provident Society (PPS) has been awarded the five-star Green Star SA rating for Phase 1 of its Centurion Square office development - one of the highest ratings given – by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  

PPS building achieves  high green rating
RUSTED FACADE Rusted steel facade can easily be melted down and allows for a greener approach

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects  

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th March 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has already passed the... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects
Solar panel installation at Growthpoint’s Airport Industria property near the Cape Town International Airport

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

South Africa a green building frontrunner 

16th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Natasha Odendaal about the possibility of South Africa becoming a global green market leader in the next three years. 

South Africa a green building frontrunner
South Africa a green building frontrunner

S Africa punches above its weight in green building 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2016 South Africa is fast becoming a frontrunner in green building and, if its current commitment to green activity continues, the country will be a leader in the global green market in the next three years, a new report has revealed. South Africa had the highest proportion of green building projects... 

S Africa punches above its weight in green building
Green Building Council South Africa CEO Brian Wilkinson discusses the progress South Africa's green building industry has made over the past few years. Date recorded: 15.03.16. Camerawork and video-editing Nicholas Boyd.

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Property developer Baywest City is embarking on five major developments this year, valued at more than R1.2-billion. Over the next two years, the developers would invest in a 228-unit residential development, an 8 000 m2 green-rated office block, an international hotel, two restaurants and a... 

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

Aurecon receives green star rating for second Century City office block

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded engineering consultancy Aurecon a 5-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating for its second office block at Century City . The 3 300 m2 building was adjacent to Aurecon’s original 7 000 m2 premises, the first office building in... 

Aurecon receives green star rating for second Century City office block

Development of biobased carpet backing step towards sustainable flooring

4th March 2016 Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, announced in July last year that it had developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles, which has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low volatile organic compounds and high dimensional stability. The ‘green’... 

Development of  biobased carpet  backing step towards sustainable flooring
INTERFACE CARPET Interface has now developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles

Water company helping to combat climate change

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With meteorologists claiming that the current drought in South Africa is because El Niño is preventing moisture reaching the sub-Saharan Africa region, water service provider Mega Water states that the country will have to consider decentralised water treatment, the capturing of rainwater and the... 

Water company helping to combat climate change
RUDY ROBERTS South Africa will have to consider decentralised water treatment

There are ‘numerous avenues’ for govt to assist construction sector, says Aveng CEO

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 Despite a tight budget perhaps inhibiting infrastructure spend, there remained numerous avenues for government to assist the South African construction industry, said Aveng CEO Kobus Verster last week as he announced his company’s results in Johannesburg. For example, there was no need to delay... 

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport 

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2016 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Friday launched the first phase of its R16-million solar power plant at George Airport, making it  Africa’s first, and currently only, regional airport to be powered through solar energy. Construction of the plant got under way in March last year and took... 

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

South Africa ahead of the green building curve

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2016 South Africa has been listed as one of the top adopters of green building technology in the world, reporting the highest percentage of green building projects currently under way that employs the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a research partner. This is according to the 2016 World... 

South Africa ahead of the green building curve

Aveng reduces losses at Grinaker, looks to divest from steel business

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2016 Despite a tight budget perhaps inhibiting infrastructure spend, there remained numerous avenues for government to assist the South African construction industry, said Aveng CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. For example, there was no need to delay the next round of renewable-energy projects, which had... 

Aveng reduces losses at Grinaker, looks to divest from steel business
Kobus Verster

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2016 The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems market urgently needs an enabling regulatory framework, as well as support for capacity-development efforts, if the sector is to reach its full potential, said the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) Rooftop PV Forum, at its inaugural... 

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

Unlimited scope for design with precast concrete cladding

12th February 2016 Precast concrete cladding provides the designer with substantial freedom in the choice of form, texture and appearance, says The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Unlimited scope for  design with precast  concrete cladding
FAIRSCAPE PRECINCT Concrete cladding can be used innovatively by designers

Pretoria contractors faced challenges of ‘green’ building

12th February 2016 Pretoria-based building contractor, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, has completed a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of new “green” corporate offices and a warehouse for I-CAT Environmental Solutions. The new sustainable I-CAT campus, in the N4 Gateway Park in Pretoria, was... 

Pretoria contractors  faced challenges of  ‘green’ building
GLAZED FACADE A roof overhang over the north-facing windows of the I-CAT office block

Soweto multipurpose facility to open at the end of the year

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 The new 1 800 m² multipurpose education campus that is being constructed in Soweto is expected to open its doors by December 2016. The education campus building, designed pro bono by New York-based architect, William Reue, will include a suite of flexible multipurpose classrooms, a large... 

Soweto multipurpose  facility to open at the  end of the year
VOLUNTEERS Student volunteers helping the community

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report

8th February 2016 Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic empowerment; competition; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry research report
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