Professional courses on Green Star rating

The Green Building Council of South Africa continues to run its Green Star SA accredited professional courses on the use of its green star rating system for office buildings – Office v1. Courses are coming up in Cape Town and Johannesburg in April.

GBCSA is also running courses which offer property owners, property managers and facilities managers the opportunity to understand their buildings’ performance in terms of green principles. This courses offers participants the tools to ‘green’ their building operations and maintenance and guidelines on how these interventions can be integrated into building management practices. Courses on ‘Understanding your building’s performance’ are also coming up in April.

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The Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve on the Cape Flats is the home of the False Bay Ecology Park (FBEP) Environmental Centre and has a strict environmental protection policy pertaining to any construction works that occur in the area. When Sika was called on to assist with concrete repairs to the anaerobic digesters at the Cape Flats wastewater treatment works, the company was vigilant in ensuring there was no seepage or leakage into the environment and thus no incidents of chemical contamination in the nature reserve while the project was under way.

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According to Daniel van der Merwe, architect at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), although concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials in the world, some of the attributes it offers as a sustainable material are overlooked. As global concern about the environment continues, Van der Merwe says, “Materials specification must play a critical role to reduce the embodied energy in a building.

keyboard_arrow_upEcoguss® floor & parking deck drains
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Ecoguss® is a new material that is becoming more and more accepted. Drains made from Ecoguss® combine all the advantages of polymer drains, such as low weight and no corrosion, with the advantages of cast iron drains, such as sound insulation and heat resistance, but without having to accept their specific disadvantages. For this reason, […]

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The bend paint brush can bend from side to side. This makes it easy to paint in corners and other difficult to reach areas. Use a paint stick with the paint brush and reach even higher surfaces to paint.

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