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AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT
AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT

The American Hardwood Export Council's 'Seed to Seat' furniture collaborative will be displayed at Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town from 20 November to 20 December...

17 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way
#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way

Today saw the start of WindAc Africa 2017 - the annual "academic hour for wind power" hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association...

By Sindy Peters 14 Nov 2017

Belhar Gardens receives EDGE preliminary grading from GBCSA
Belhar Gardens receives EDGE preliminary grading from GBCSA

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has recognised the Belhar Gardens social housing development for its water and energy saving design...

9 Nov 2017

How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar
How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar

While the payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially to within five years or less, reducing the time depends largely on the property owner...

31 Oct 2017

Engineering student develops solution to CT water crisis
Engineering student develops solution to CT water crisis

Nkosinathi Nkomo, a civil engineering student at the University of Cape Town has come up with a solution to the water crisis in Cape Town...

27 Oct 2017

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Energy efficiency a must for construction industry

Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on Monday, 23 October, called on the construction industry to embrace innovative technologies that have superior energy efficiency performance compared to conventional materials...

25 Oct 2017

#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities
#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities

The future of large public utilities, such as Eskom, is uncertain...

By Sindy Peters 20 Oct 2017

Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport
Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport

There is little more important for the sustainability of cities than the ways we move around them...

By John Bingham-Hall 20 Oct 2017

How SA's urban sprawl trend is maintaining spatial divisions, resulting in poverty traps
How SA's urban sprawl trend is maintaining spatial divisions, resulting in poverty traps

According to Professor Edgar Pieterse, urban sprawl will continue to be encouraged if private- and public-sector land investment in our cities concentrates on keeping the haves away from the have-nots...

19 Oct 2017

China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure
China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs...

By Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley 19 Oct 2017

Discovery's new global HQ certified green
Discovery's new global HQ certified green

Discovery's new 112,000m2 global head office in Sandton Central has received a five-star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)...

19 Oct 2017

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Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

One in three bites of food that we eat relies on bee pollination...

By Catherine Howell, Jennifer Drake and Liat Margolis 18 Oct 2017

Bruce Kerswill receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from GBCSA CEO Dorah Modise and chairman Rudolf Pienaar.
Green Star Leadership Awards recognises top buildings, professionals

The annual Green Star Leadership Awards winners were announced at the GBCSA 2017 Green Building Convention in Cape Town last week...

17 Oct 2017

GBCSA launches Net Zero Programme
GBCSA launches Net Zero Programme

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), on Wednesday, 11 October, announced the launch of its Net Zero Programme...

13 Oct 2017

#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource
#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource

One cubic metre of concrete has a carbon footprint of 350kg of CO2, making this staple material in the construction industry one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in the world...

By Sindy Peters 12 Oct 2017

Patricia de Lille at the 10th annual Green Building Convention
#GBCSA2017: De Lille calls on building sector to 'think differently' as city continues to tackle drought

Speaking at the GBCSA's 10th annual Green Building Convention, the executive mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille called on industry players to implement their projects while ensuring resilience and sustainability.

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

Dorah Modise at the 10th annual Green Building Convention
#GBCSA2017: Celebrating 10 years of green building in SA

Founded in 2007 by Bruce Kerswill, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) turns 10 this year...

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

GBCSA announces rebrand of Green Star SA rating system
GBCSA announces rebrand of Green Star SA rating system

Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) Green Star SA rating system has been rebranded Green Star Africa to support its uptake throughout the continent...

9 Oct 2017

'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables
'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables

The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, 4 October...

5 Oct 2017

Water crisis can be good for business
Water crisis can be good for business

As the water crisis intensifies, South African companies are working furiously to meet demand for smart water restrictors..

By Taschica Pillay 5 Oct 2017

Growthpoint launches dual-certified property portfolio
Growthpoint launches dual-certified property portfolio

Growthpoint Properties has launched its Thrive Portfolio which comprises 71 dual-rated office buildings in locations nationwide spanning more than 850,000m2 of office space, and valued at R16.1bn...

4 Oct 2017

R16m solar farm installed at Randridge Mall
R16m solar farm installed at Randridge Mall

As part of its sustainability strategy, Emira Property Fund has installed a R16m solar farm on the roof of its Randridge Mall in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg...

3 Oct 2017

AfriLandscapes greens V&A Grain Silo Precinct
AfriLandscapes implements greening plan at V&A Grain Silo Precinct

AfriLandscapes was awarded the landscaping contract to develop and implement a greening plan at the Grain Silo Precinct at the V&A Waterfront...

2 Oct 2017

CityTree: The oxygen-producing forest in miniature
CityTree: The oxygen-producing forest in miniature

This compact green wall cleanses the air of pollutants and acts as a sound barrier for congested urban areas...

By Emile Uys 27 Sep 2017

Vivian Loftness joins 2017 GBCSA Green Building Convention speaker lineup
Vivian Loftness joins 2017 GBCSA Green Building Convention speaker lineup

Vivian Loftness, a key member of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University's leadership in sustainability research and education, and contributor to the ongoing development of the ‘Intelligent Workplace', will address the Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) Green Building Convention in Cape Town this year...

20 Sep 2017

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Heidi van Eeden wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards

South African architect Heidi van Eeden was announced the winner in the Next Generation category of the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards held recently in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Sep 2017

2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA
2017 MBSA Congress tackles triple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality in SA

The 112th annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, under the theme 'Building South Africa Together', kicked off on Monday, 11 September, at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town...

12 Sep 2017

New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate
New GBCSA Sustainable Precincts Tool piloted at Sandton Gate

Developers of the Sandton Gate mixed-use development Abland and Tiber are targeting a Green Star certification for the whole precinct under the Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) new Green Star Sustainable Precincts tool...

12 Sep 2017

Durban North property with green-energy leanings including conservation of rain water, solar heating and home automation. Image source: Pam Golding Properties
More homeowners, buyers embracing ‘green' features

While the commercial sector has led the charge in terms of green building initiatives and ratings, the residential property market is now also embracing this trend...

12 Sep 2017

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