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Green Building News

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... 

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

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

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

1st 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

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch 

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the CSIR’s aim to run its Pretoria... 

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch
Photo by Duane Daws
OFFGRID PROSPECTS CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 The green initiatives meant to reduce operational costs and slow ecological degradation at the Dube TradePort, in KwaZulu-Natal, have ensured that the airport city development has alternative and relatively stable water supply, says Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) acting CEO Hamish Erskine.  

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply
IN THE ZONE Dube TradePort's Cargo Terminal, which safegaurds wares from the Agri and Trade Zones, has maintained 0% cargo loss since 2010

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

Proposed Rwandan office development awarded 6-star green rating 

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 Marking the first Rwanda-based development to achieve the highest certification in green building standards, the proposed 19-storey Nobelia Office Tower, in Kigali, has been awarded a 6-Star Green Star building rating by the Green Building Council of Rwanda. This followed the completion of the... 

Renewables specialist spearheads Kenyan wind power project

27th November 2015 Engineering company WorleyParsons is one-third of the way into its 32-month contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, in Kenya, for which it was tasked to deliver project management services in 2014. The project aims to supply 360 MW of reliable, low-cost wind-turbine generator... 

Renewables specialist spearheads  Kenyan wind power project
UHURU KENYATTA Kenya's president unveils a commemorative plaque at Lake Turkana Wind Power groundbreaking ceremony

Aveng Grinaker-LTA lauded for construction projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2015 Local construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA took top honours at the Construction World Magazine’s yearly Best Projects Awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, earlier this month. The company’s 300 m Majuba incremental launch bridge project, over the Vaal river, was awarded first place in the Civil... 

Aveng Grinaker-LTA lauded for construction projects

Existing building performance rating increasing in popularity, says GBCSA

By: Natalie Greve     12th November 2015 While initially targeting sustainability and energy efficiency in new constructs, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says it is now observing an accelerated uptake in the retrofitment of existing buildings, with energy efficiency and sustainability considerations no longer... 

Existing building performance rating increasing in popularity, says GBCSA

South Africa’s greenest buildings recognised

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2015 Awards for South Africa’s top-rated Green Star SA buildings, as well as for the country’s top-rated building professionals who have contributed to green building in South Africa, have been announced at the Green Star SA Leadership Awards 2015. The awards were announced at the Green Building... 

South Africa’s greenest buildings recognised
Hotel Verde

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th November 2015 Pan-African renewable energy generation company Lekela Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the development of a 250 MW wind power station in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez area. The development of the power station would mark Lekela... 

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

Put sustainability first, experts suggest

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Despite tough economic times, companies are being urged to think beyond short-term demands and drive innovation that will lead to a more sustainable future. “Your carbon footprint is the most important thing to get right. You cannot build sustainable societies in an environmental wasteland,”... 

SA government welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015

30th October 2015 Addressing the province on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on October 4 welcomed the launch of Johannesburg Streets Alive: the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in Sandton City, Johannesburg The festival took place during Transport Month, which promotes... 

SA government  welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015
ECOMOBILITY IN JOBURG The EcoMobility Festival promotes the use of public transport and encourages citizens to imagine and embrace alternative means of moving goods and people

Sasol’s new office construction progressing

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 More than 3 000 of integrated energy and petrochemicals major Sasol’s personnel will move to the group’s new headquarters in Katherine street, Sandton, Gauteng – a consolidation of the group’s 17 offices currently located in Rosebank, Randburg and Bryanston – in the second half of 2016.... 

Sasol’s new office  construction progressing
Photo by Sasol
SHOWCASING VALUE The new building’s look has been designed to link to Sasol’s logo, encapsulating the company’s values, such as stability and strength through synergy

Accéntuate mulls off-grid solutions to mitigate power risks

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2015 The Accéntuate group is investigating off-grid solutions, such as solar power, in answer to Eskom’s power supply woes, rather than finding a solution to load-shedding, says CEO Fred Platt. He says off-grid solutions are cheaper, and could pay for itself over a period of time. 

Consulting firm highlights scope for innovative growth in sustainable materials use

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2015 While there are several opportunities for the construction industry to integrate sustainable materials use in a project – from the design phase to the construction phase – there is still significant scope for the industry to be more innovative, says consulting engineering firm Arup. “Ideally,... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2015 Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction techniques and materials in green... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 Engineering consulting firm GIBB has acquired environmental solutions consultancy Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), more than doubling the size of its environmental team. GIBB environmental services sector GM Dr Urishanie Govender said the move enabled the company to deliver broader... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

BCCEI now accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has been accredited by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all civil engineering sector disputes. This would mean that companies that were not members of the South African Forum of Civil... 

BCCEI now accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 German industrial company division ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s participation in Richtfest skyscraper being built, in Rottweil, will enable it to use the building as an innovation centre for new elevator technologies, such as its prototype MULTI system magnetic levitation (maglev) elevators, in... 

German skyscraper includes maglev prototype
RICHTFEST TESTTURM The tower, which will be clad once completed to fit in with the town’s spires, will function as a technology testing facility for ThyssenKrupp and the surrounding universities

Load-shedding-proof elevator for seven-storey buildings

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 Conveying and lift company Otis has launched its Gen2 Switch lift, which can continue operating for 100 trips in an seven-storey building during a power outage, owing to its regenerative drives and battery system, says Otis communications manager Hayley Elwen. The lift is powered by electricity... 

Load-shedding-proof elevator  for seven-storey buildings
GEN2 SWITCH ELEVATORThe elevator is designed to continue operating despite electrical power disruptions

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 South African hoist and lift and company Wesant is increasing the capacity of its manufacturing facilities by upgrading and increasing its capital machinery, streamlining its production line, says Wesant founder Digby Wareing and the Wesant engineering team. The company is expanding its... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand
8 T ICE RINK LIFT The 8 t Ice Rink lift will carry the Rink’s Zamboni up 9.5 m

Attacq lifts FY net asset value by 20.6%

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2015 Rising interest rates had led to an increase in Attacq’s fixed interest rate debt level to 75% from 63%. Wilken stated that Attacq was also set to embark on a strategic programme to recycle capital, disposing of lower-growth mature assets and investing its capital astutely to fund higher-growth... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy 

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 To improve the sustainability of tourism in South Africa, the Department of Tourism has included renewable-energy technology in the retrofitting of key tourist attractions and State-owned destinations in the pilot phase of a Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), which will be carried out over the... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is installing a 6 MW district cooling plant that uses the cold Atlantic seawater in the harbour, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to provide cooling for the property’s Silo District development, says Carrier business development... 

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology
SMOOTH SAILING The final phase of the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is on track for completion in early 2017 at a substantial investment of R1.5-billion

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2015 Green buildings outperform their conventional counterparts by almost 30%, the IPD South Africa Annual Green Property Indicators 2014 report shows. The research report, compiled by analyst company MSCI, found that green properties delivered an ungeared total return of 12.1%, while less efficient... 

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

WBHO moves to adjust to lower commodities outlook

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2015 The slow Australian market and a declining mining sector took their toll on construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) for the year ended June 30, with operating profit sliding to R602-million, down sharply from the previous year’s R978-million. Earnings a share of continuing operations... 

Basil Read on hunt for new projects as St Helena Airport winds down

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2015 Construction group Basil Read returned to profit in 2015, but CEO Neville Nicolau indicated at a recent presentation that cash was tight and that there were also concerns about finding replacement contracts for the large-scale St Helena Airport job. The first commercial flight to the island was... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2015 Wind and solar project developer Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa on Wednesday broke ground on the adjacent Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, in the Hantam municipality, Northern Cape, which would be developed at a combined cost of R7-billion. Each of the two wind farms would have an... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms

Consortium wants another crack at BAUMA CONEXPO

4th September 2015 Having participated in bauma Africa 2013, the leading technology supplier for the precast concrete industry, Progress Group, tells Engineering News it relished the opportunity to register for this year’s event – BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA – to increase the group’s familiarity with local industries and... 

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