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© Sandor-Jackal –
Financing infrastructure and energy projects

Without a solid infrastructure or a stable energy supply, sustainable development and economic growth in any context is virtually an impossible dream...

By Nicci Botha 27 Nov 2015 11:22

© Matt Ragen –
What architects must learn from South African student protests

2015 has been a year of protest and struggle at South Africa's universities. The environment remains highly charged...

By Amira Osman 27 Nov 2015 06:00

© Halfpoint –
Aveng Grinaker-LTA awarded contract for student boarding house

Aveng Grinaker-LTA has been awarded a contract for the construction of a 602 unit, seven storey student boarding house and three levels of basement parking...

26 Nov 2015 07:19

© Ramona Heim –
Ascension Properties goes green with first PV installation

Ascension Properties' first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Cape Town is currently under way, underpinning a move in the property sector to show eco-awareness and reap the financial rewards of green energy over the long-term...

26 Nov 2015 06:00

© Sergi López –
VDC technology has transformed major building projects

From the advances in stone masonry that led to the building of the Parthenon in Athens, right through to the latest green building trends, the building industry has been at the forefront of innovation throughout human history...

By Douglas Ackerman 25 Nov 2015 11:48

© Oksana –
Nedbank and Green Fund partner to supply affordable green housing

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (NCIB) and the Green Fund - which is managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) - concluded an agreement to jointly fund the development of approximately 400 affordable green housing units in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces...

25 Nov 2015 07:11

Growthpoint's Ridgeview building achieves five-star Green Star rating
Growthpoint's Ridgeview building achieves five-star Green Star rating

Growthpoint Properties' new R157m green office development in Ridgeside, Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal has become Durban's first five-star Green Star SA rated building...

23 Nov 2015 11:59

© Allan Swart –
Wage increases for Western Cape building industry

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC Cape of Good Hope) has announced wage increases ranging between 7.5% and 12% for the building industry, applicable from 1 November 2015...

23 Nov 2015 08:17

Riverfields underpass officially opened
Riverfields underpass officially opened

The executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele, officially opened the Riverfields underpass on Friday, 20 November at the Riverfields Boulevard, Plumbago Logistics Park in Riverfields...

23 Nov 2015 07:48

GBCSA awards five-star rating to Chevron's headquarters
GBCSA awards five-star rating to Chevron's headquarters

Chevron Century Boulevard in Cape Town has been awarded a Five-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for excellence in green building design, construction and management...

20 Nov 2015 06:00

Interactive spaces is gaining traction in corporate environment
Interactive spaces is gaining traction in corporate environment

The workplace environment is changing as companies adopt a more holistic approach to doing business, with a focus on team integration and participation...

19 Nov 2015 12:00

© gui junpeng –
Construction at Avon Peaking power plant resumes

KwaDukuza Municipality and Group Five have reached a power deal that will see construction activities resume at Avon Peaking power plant...

19 Nov 2015 08:12

House Rhino
Sharp rise in demand for eco-friendly buildings

There has been a sharp rise in eco-friendly buildings which have been green star certified by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA)...

18 Nov 2015 07:26

© memorialphoto –
Invitation to apply for Schneider Electric's graduate programme

Schneider Electric South Africa has launched a graduate programme for students who want to become world-class engineers in the field of energy management...

18 Nov 2015 06:51

Liviero’s Johan van der Westhuizen, Martijn Groot, Moses Maponyane, Stuart Knight and Johan Bouwer at the sod-turning event for the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency’s new industrial development zone.
Construction of Gauteng Industrial Development Zone commences

Civil engineering contractor Liviero has turned the first sod for the construction of the new Gauteng Industrial Development Zone near OR Tambo International Airport...

16 Nov 2015 09:12

© macrovector –
Smart metering a starting point for smart cities

Smart cities are best defined as urban ecosystems that leverage technology and connectivity to deliver services to citizens...

By Martin Vergunst 16 Nov 2015 08:09

© freeteo –
Impact of NHBRC system downtime on property industry

The announcement by the National Homebuilders Registration Council (NHBRC) that its IT systems will be down while being upgraded, will have a material effect on and seriously impede the South African residential property development industry, according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop...

16 Nov 2015 08:02

Engineers don't just build things, they can help save the world

Engineers like to claim their primacy as problem solvers. But while this ability will always be critical for engineers, there is more to engineering than just solving problems...

By Petr Matous and Abbas El-Zein 13 Nov 2015 06:00

© stoonn –
Applications for MBAWC bursaries now open

The Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) has been providing bursaries for tertiary education for the past ten years, and applications for the 2016 academic year are now open...

12 Nov 2015 13:39

Annelide Sherratt, left, represents Dash Coville – the winner of the Best Quality Submission category in the Green Star SA Leadership Awards 2015, with Seana Nkhahle and Manfred Braune of the Green Building Council of SA.
GBCSA announces winners of Green Star SA Leadership Awards

The annual Green Star SA Leadership Awards were announced at the annual Green Building Convention in Cape Town...

11 Nov 2015 08:25

At the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) stand at the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA) Green Building Convention in Cape Town were, from left; Rusmir Music of the International Finance Corporation (IFC); Graham Cruickshanks, EDGE Technical Manager; Prashant Kapoor, IFC’s Principal Green Building Industry Specialist and the entrepreneur who invented EDGE; and, Myles Kritzinger, Dealmaker at International Housing Solutions, which is rolling out a number of residential developments in South Africa that will be EDGE certified.
Ravenswood the first to receive EDGE Design Certification

Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), has announced that the Ravenswood affordable housing development in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, has become the first residential project in Africa to achieve an Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) Design Certification...

11 Nov 2015 08:04

Menlyn Maine set to become Sun International's flagship property
Menlyn Maine set to become Sun International's flagship property

Sun International's latest project, Menlyn Maine in Pretoria's eastern suburbs, has been three years in the making and the entertainment complex is set to become the flagship property of the group when it opens in 2017...

11 Nov 2015 07:51

Hotel Verde wins GBCSA Green Star award
Hotel Verde wins GBCSA Green Star award

Hotel Verde has been named winner in the Highest Rated Building category for its Existing Building Performance (EBP) Pilot tool rating during the Green Star SA Leadership Awards 2015...

10 Nov 2015 08:22

© mark benford –
Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home

The need to move to solar energy seems a logical choice. Most areas in South Africa get around 2500 hours of sunshine per year...

By Wilfred Fritz and Deon Kallis 10 Nov 2015 06:00

© Oleksiy Holubenko –
ArcelorMittal steels investors for lower earnings, no dividend

Top global steelmaker ArcelorMittal, hit by falling iron ore prices and cheap Chinese steel imports, issued on Friday, 6 November, its fourth profit warning in three years and suspended dividend payments...

10 Nov 2015 06:00

© foottoo –
[#gbcsa2015] On the move to green

Gridlock. Traffic jam. Congestion. Every person who commutes has experienced the agony and frustration of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for what feels like forever...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2015 08:07

© Laurie Stephens –
Communities to hear more about shale gas development

A team for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on shale gas development will hold briefing sessions with communities in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape as well as the Western Cape this week...

9 Nov 2015 07:20

© 1xpert –
Going green adds real bottom line benefits

Sustainability remains a hot topic as it's the right thing to do. It's the hard returns that will get companies taking action...

By Neil Cameron 9 Nov 2015 07:02

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