Green building

Refers to both the structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

keyboard_arrow_upVoltex home solar kits – a complete green energy solution
keyboard_arrow_downVoltex home solar kits – a complete green energy solution

The Voltex Group strives to be at the forefront of technology developments and to harness its breadth of expertise to deliver the latest electrical innovations to its customers that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. One area of energy efficiency which has undergone significant advancements in terms of the cost of technology and ease of application […]

keyboard_arrow_upWill green design and development preserve our heritage for future generations?
keyboard_arrow_downWill green design and development preserve our heritage for future generations?

Recently, we chatted to expert in New Urbanism, Dalena Beyers, who is passionate about green design and development. Dalena is a registered architect, and Urban and Regional Planner with a special interest in ethics and policy development. She has a background in philosophy and art history. Dalena completed her studies at the University of the […]

keyboard_arrow_upSaving resources by re-using wastewater
keyboard_arrow_downSaving resources by re-using wastewater

EuroDrain Technology is a company with extensive experience in design, manufacturing, installation and operation of environmental technologies. The company has provided compact wastewater treatment solutions for households, municipal and industrial projects and farms for many years. EDT wastewater treatment plants offer both below and above ground options. Designed according to the client’s requirements, the plants […]

keyboard_arrow_upMarloes Reinink: Gauteng’s Property Business Woman of the Year
keyboard_arrow_downMarloes Reinink: Gauteng’s Property Business Woman of the Year

At the Gauteng Regional Awards of the 4th South African Women in Property Awards, Marloes Reinink – founder of Solid Green Consulting - was named Business Woman of the Year: Entrepreneur.

keyboard_arrow_upCape Town casino not gambling on water
keyboard_arrow_downCape Town casino not gambling on water

Earlier in July Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town announced the completion of a water purification plant on the property that will in future treat borehole water to potable standards. The initiative began In February 2017 when the casino investigated feasible options to using potable water. They commissioned a water treatment […]

keyboard_arrow_upOld Mutual Cape Town will go “off the water grid” with launch of water filtration plant
keyboard_arrow_downOld Mutual Cape Town will go “off the water grid” with launch of water filtration plant

Earlier this week, Old Mutual’s Mutualpark office in Pinelands, Cape Town, one of the largest corporate offices in South Africa, officially launched the very first corporate based waste-to-drinking Water Filtration Plant in South Africa.  This means the 166 000m² office, currently accommodating more than 9 000 employees and contractors, is now operating off the water […]

keyboard_arrow_up“Green building” needs common sense – not rocket science, says JBCC
keyboard_arrow_down“Green building” needs common sense – not rocket science, says JBCC

Administration of “green building” projects does not require special contract documents or “rocket science” but simply a discipline of good planning, communication and record-keeping by all parties involved, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). Green building requires good communication, planning and record-keeping by all parties involved, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO […]

keyboard_arrow_upGreening roofs with Mobiroof and GreenHive
keyboard_arrow_downGreening roofs with Mobiroof and GreenHive

Mobiroof is an instant extensive Green Roofing system. It is especially suitable for roofs that are not able to support a full roof garden. Mobiroof is a clip together cassette system that can be easily laid onto the surface of a roof. Almost instantly a closed fully grown in area is created with insulation properties. […]

keyboard_arrow_upPentaFloor sponsorship at the new GBCSA offices
keyboard_arrow_downPentaFloor sponsorship at the new GBCSA offices

The GBCSA wanted its new offices to target a 4-Star Green Star Interiors certification and called for sponsorships to assist with the fitout. PentaFloor supplied and installed carpeting products that will contribute significantly to the Green Star submission. In terms of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Shaw products are certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute […]

keyboard_arrow_upRange of vinyl floors make sustainability sense
keyboard_arrow_downRange of vinyl floors make sustainability sense

Architects and contractors often have a difficult time convincing clients that vinyl products are eco-friendly, sustainable and non-toxic. Despite industry experts and insiders recognising modern vinyl’s value and significant benefits and the decision taken in 2011 by Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star […]

keyboard_arrow_upFive new Green ratings for V&A Waterfront buildings
keyboard_arrow_downFive new Green ratings for V&A Waterfront buildings

The V&A Waterfront is proud to be awarded five Green Star Ratings from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) this week. This is in an outstanding acknowledgement of the V&A Waterfront’s commitment to sustainable development.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings

The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time. Tenants are now demanding that buildings are either Green Star rated, or at least designed according to sustainable design principles. “We are moving from […]

keyboard_arrow_upIncorporating green principles contributed to cost efficiencies at Cape Town Hospital
keyboard_arrow_downIncorporating green principles contributed to cost efficiencies at Cape Town Hospital

A range of green technologies made the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital a model facility for sustainable hospital operations management. A special double-skin façade and electricity-generating elevators are but some of the solutions implemented that not only make for best environmentally sensitive practice but will also contribute to cost efficiencies. According to Dr Richard Friedland, […]

keyboard_arrow_upHealing and environmental principles entrenched in Netcare Pinehaven Hospital
keyboard_arrow_downHealing and environmental principles entrenched in Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

The design principles of Netcare’s Pinehaven Hospital, on Johannesburg’s West Rand, integrate patient comfort and sustainability to promote healthcare outcomes while reducing the environmental footprint of this 100-bed state-of-the-art facility. “When Netcare Pinehaven Hospital was in the planning stages, we opted to incorporate elements that would not only create an ideal healing environment for patients, […]

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable practice for GBCSA’s new Rosebank home
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable practice for GBCSA’s new Rosebank home

After tying up the final ends of its interior installation project early in December last year, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) now holds the keys to its new custom-fitted sustainable offices in Rosebank. In an effort to help the organisation achieve a Green Star SA Interiors rating of its new Johannesburg headquarters, one […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe Race to Zero: 78 Corlett Drive
keyboard_arrow_downThe Race to Zero: 78 Corlett Drive

As one of the first projects in Africa to be certified Net Zero, 78 Corlett Drive in Johannesburg is leading the local green building sector into a new phase of evolution. The project was awarded a Net Zero Carbon (Pilot) Level 1 Certification in late November 2017, and a 6-star Green Star Office V1.1 Design certification […]

keyboard_arrow_upUCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards
keyboard_arrow_downUCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards

Young environmental game-changers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third year running. UCT scooped up the very first Greenovate Engineering Award too.

keyboard_arrow_upKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser
keyboard_arrow_downKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser

Did you know that the geyser accounts for as much as 40% of a home’s monthly electricity bill?

keyboard_arrow_upWhy your most valuable energy source might be your parking lot
keyboard_arrow_downWhy your most valuable energy source might be your parking lot

Rudi Fourie leads Fibre and Facility Management at Sizwe IT Group. Here he speaks about the future of green corporate energy solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy efficiency: the way forward for Nigeria
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy efficiency: the way forward for Nigeria

On 29 August 2017, Nigeria’s first Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) was officially launched in Abuja by the Federal Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

keyboard_arrow_upNew ASSA ABLOY patented cylinder – the key to uncompromised security
keyboard_arrow_downNew ASSA ABLOY patented cylinder – the key to uncompromised security

ASSA ABLOY South Africa introduces its brand new patented high-security cylinder, the unique CY110, which is also the first cylinder that carries the prestigious ASSA ABLOY brand name.

keyboard_arrow_upSandton Gate pilots new Sustainable Precincts Tool
keyboard_arrow_downSandton Gate pilots new Sustainable Precincts Tool

Strategically located on William Nicol Drive within minutes of Sandton, Hyde Park, Rosebank and Bryanston, Sandton Gate is an ambitious mixed-use development that will seamlessly integrate commercial, residential and retail space with a number of lifestyle amenities in a connected, green, pedestrian-friendly precinct.

keyboard_arrow_upRenu install solar street lights at Renishaw Hills Estate
keyboard_arrow_downRenu install solar street lights at Renishaw Hills Estate

Leading the way in renewable energy solutions, Durban-based company, Renu Holdings, recently installed 100 ISSL+ solar street lights for a newly established lifestyle village in Scottburgh.

keyboard_arrow_upLiving art and living screens by GreenHive
keyboard_arrow_downLiving art and living screens by GreenHive

There are many reasons to consider bringing plants into your living or working environment. Plants improve air quality by photosynthesising and releasing oxygen into the air, and also act as biofilters for impurities. Acoustics are also enhanced as plants absorb sound and help with diffraction. Plants promote better health & wellness through a spiritual connection […]

keyboard_arrow_upBushveld (re)treat: Off-grid log home for Nylstroom mountain estate
keyboard_arrow_downBushveld (re)treat: Off-grid log home for Nylstroom mountain estate

Designed by Eugene Barnard Architects with engineering input from Hull Consulting Engineers, House du Preez, built by Eco Log Homes, is an elegant, yet robust answer to a client brief that called for a rustic, yet luxurious off-grid home. Located in the pristine Boschhoek Mountain Estate in Nylstroom, House du Preez, an impressive three-bedroom, 400 […]

keyboard_arrow_upBalwin Properties partners with SolarAfrica to power its upmarket developments with solar energy
keyboard_arrow_downBalwin Properties partners with SolarAfrica to power its upmarket developments with solar energy

JSE listed Balwin Properties has partnered with SolarAfrica to introduce solar energy to its upmarket developments. Kikuyu and The Whisken are modern and elegant, and come standard with prepaid electricity and individual water meters. Whilst all Balwin apartments are considered eco-friendly, their two newest developments will be the first to make use of solar energy […]

keyboard_arrow_upGaining insight into your building’s energy consumption
keyboard_arrow_downGaining insight into your building’s energy consumption

Before implementing any energy saving initiatives, you need to assess the expected savings first. Excellumax does this by metering your building’s power consumption and other variables. The company then uses its energy reporting software, AR2 SoftwareTM, to process the data and gain valuable insight into your building’s energy consumption.

keyboard_arrow_upSA’s first Green Star Design rated government building achieves its As Built rating
keyboard_arrow_downSA’s first Green Star Design rated government building achieves its As Built rating

WSP, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Africa, achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA As Built rating for the refurbishment of the Agrivaal building and the newly constructed adjacent public building, Batho Pele House.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017
keyboard_arrow_downThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017

Will one of these striking structures take 2017’s World Building of the Year title? Here are 22 architectural gems that really stand out.

keyboard_arrow_upNational English Literary Museum acquires 5-Star Green Star SA PEB v1 As-Built rating
keyboard_arrow_downNational English Literary Museum acquires 5-Star Green Star SA PEB v1 As-Built rating

The National English Literary Museum was the first Public & Education (PEB) building in South Africa to achieve a 5-Star Green Star SA rating for its design in November 2013, and it can now add an impressive 5-Star Green Star SA PEB v1 As-Built rating to its list of achievements – a first for the Eastern Cape as well as South Africa.