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_upA bamboo kaleidoscope: Green Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam
keyboard_arrow_downA bamboo kaleidoscope: Green Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam

It will probably be the last new building on Java Island, the successful urban renewal project in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, but it certainly is the jewel in the crown. Hotel Jakarta by WestCord makes Amsterdam the city with the greenest hotel in the Netherlands. Green in several meanings: one of the most sustainable hotels in […]

keyboard_arrow_upBetween science and design:
keyboard_arrow_downBetween science and design:

(in)complete is a system of collective intelligence, realised by renowned Italian architect Aldo Cibic, to help us to better understand and design our future.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth African architect wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards
keyboard_arrow_downSouth African architect wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards

On 7 September 2017, the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards were held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Awards celebrate projects and visions for sustainable construction and this year, South African architect, Heidi van Eeden, was announced as the winner in the Next Generation category for her work in developing new sustainable methods of brick-making in the Soshanguve township […]

keyboard_arrow_upDulux sponsors GBCSA office refurbishment
keyboard_arrow_downDulux sponsors GBCSA office refurbishment

Clearly illustrating its commitment to entrenching environmental responsibility, coatings specialist Dulux South Africa was one of the main sponsors of the “greening” of the new head office of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) at the Blackriver Park complex in Observatory, Cape Town.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable building with clay brick
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable building with clay brick

Clay brick defines its continued relevance and superior worth as the need for more sustainable housing grows, particularly in the critical areas of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, affordability and investment value.

keyboard_arrow_upEnvironmental protection amongst Chryso’s top priorities
keyboard_arrow_downEnvironmental protection amongst Chryso’s top priorities

Leading construction chemicals producer, Chryso Southern Africa, has instituted several key actions to limit the company’s impact on the environment. Nicolas Wolf, MD of Chryso Southern Africa, says the company is pro-active, in terms of sustainability, in the development of new products, as well as its production facilities and processes. It is also well on track to obtain accreditation next year for its ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

keyboard_arrow_upPhotovoltaic technology provides dependable alternative to Eskom
keyboard_arrow_downPhotovoltaic technology provides dependable alternative to Eskom

Photovoltaic systems and backup power specialists, Genset & Solar Power Solutions, has recently completed the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) solar system - run by 48 ART solar PV modules - at a home in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik exclusively specified for upmarket Potchefstroom estate
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik exclusively specified for upmarket Potchefstroom estate

Vivaldi Manor, a beautiful lifestyle estate within a secure complexin Potchefstroom, has successfully used elements of face brick for not only aesthetic reasons, but also for the sustainable values inherent in the building material. There are a total 16 houses in the sought-after estate, with the last three due to be completed and ready for occupation by the end of April 2013.

keyboard_arrow_upGreen buildings sprouting in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downGreen buildings sprouting in South Africa

South Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper Grayston, a small multi-purpose development in the business district of Sandton – is the first small office building to receive five green stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  “We want to get the message out to other developers,” says Martin Evans of Upper Grayston’s developer Bryprop, “that South Africa can produce green buildings economically.”  Green buildings are attractive to the property market, he says, and they offer a good return on investment.

keyboard_arrow_upLearning from the 2012 London Olympics Park Project
keyboard_arrow_downLearning from the 2012 London Olympics Park Project

As part of the build-up to the 5th annual Green Building Council of South Africa(GBCSA) Convention and Exhibition  several master classes will be presented by foremost thought leaders. 

keyboard_arrow_upThe GBMSA ‘Green Star Leadership Awards’- celebrating great strides in five years.
keyboard_arrow_downThe GBMSA ‘Green Star Leadership Awards’- celebrating great strides in five years.

Are you a pioneer in the field of green building? A rising star?  To celebrate the 5th birthday of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), and in recognition of the significant transformation that has taken place in South Africa, the GBCSA has announced the launch of the ‘Green Star Leadership Awards’. These awards will acknowledge green building champions who have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the green building movement.

keyboard_arrow_upSESSA Applauds Queen’s Research Into Solar
keyboard_arrow_downSESSA Applauds Queen’s Research Into Solar

The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) has applauded two researchers from Queen’s University in Canada, who have made a significant breakthrough in solar technology. Their research has led to a new solar photovoltaic thermal (PVT) system that generates both electricity and heat.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik rated first overall in the PMR Africa national survey of brick companies
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik rated first overall in the PMR Africa national survey of brick companies

The PMR Africa annual survey asks respondents to rate brick suppliers on eleven attributes that include:  Ability to meet orders Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Competitive pricing Do deliveries meet promises? Environmentally friendly solutions Flexibility Quality of products Range of products on offer Response to queries Social responsibility initiatives Sustainable development practices

keyboard_arrow_upComing up: Corobrik 24th Architectural Student of the Year
keyboard_arrow_downComing up: Corobrik 24th Architectural Student of the Year

The top architectural graduates of 2010, from seven tertiary institutions in South Africa, will compete for the prestigious 24th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award in March this year. The award winner will be announced on 30 March.

keyboard_arrow_upLaduma! Some of the World’s Coolest & Craziest Stadiums
keyboard_arrow_downLaduma! Some of the World’s Coolest & Craziest Stadiums

{nomultithumb} With the design success of Soccer City and the recent announcement that it was the winner in the 2010 World Architecture Awards in the category for sports buildings we thought it appropriate to look at some other stadia in the world.

keyboard_arrow_upThe living building challenge
keyboard_arrow_downThe living building challenge

The International Living Building Institute is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the creation of a truly sustainable built environment in all countries around the world. The Living Building Challenge is a program initially launched by the Cascadia Green Building Council and has quickly become the most advanced green building rating system in the world.  The program was conceived and originally authored by Jason F. McLennan, CEO of Cascadia prior to joining the organization. 

keyboard_arrow_upGreen Star rating courses in November
keyboard_arrow_downGreen Star rating courses in November

In November, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will present the next round of one-day courses on the Green Star SA Environmental Rating System for buildings. This is the last opportunity this year to attend the popular Green Star SA Accredited Professional Course.

keyboard_arrow_upBe sure that insulation is working
keyboard_arrow_downBe sure that insulation is working

Cellulose thermal ceiling insulations, such as Eco-Insulation, form a seamless blanket of natural fibres that provide outstanding protection from temperature extremes. According to the founder of SA Energy Efficiency Association  award winner Eco-Insulation,Cecil Homan, "The chances are good that the average home or office would benefit enormously from adding cellulose ceiling insulation, even where there is an existing layer of insulation present."

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete as an ideal insulation material
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete as an ideal insulation material

Concrete, one of the world’s most widely used building materials, is not only a particularly durable material but also provides effective sound and thermal insulation. Hanlie Turner, marketing manager at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), says noise can be described as unwanted sound. “When sound waves strike a barrier such as a wall or floor, the waves are reflected, absorbed or transmitted in varying degrees, depending on the form of the barrier and the material in which it is constructed.

keyboard_arrow_upRecycled and recyclable – insulation saves energy
keyboard_arrow_downRecycled and recyclable – insulation saves energy

We are being asked to cut back on electricity usage and to pay more for what we do use. This is the message we hear as we ready ourselves for the winter. Isotherm thermal insulation provides one way of combating the winter chill. Isotherm  is one of the most innovative and effective insulation materials available. It can be installed in ceilings, in dry walling or around water pipes and geysers, to save energy and, as important in the current economic environment and with Eskom’s tariff increases looming, money.

keyboard_arrow_upIncreased rebates for solar water heaters
keyboard_arrow_downIncreased rebates for solar water heaters

With a view to boosting domestic installations of solar water geysers, Eskom is now offering substantially increased rebates in its solar water heating programme. The major advantage of the increased rebates is that environmentally friendly solar water heating systems now become affordable to thousands of South Africans wanting to reduce their home energy costs and contribute to reducing the environmental impact of coal-fired power stations.

keyboard_arrow_upCellulose insulation for passive climate control
keyboard_arrow_downCellulose insulation for passive climate control

Club Vaudeville in Cape Town’s fast redeveloping Foreshore district is a nightspot that offers a supper club – providing theatre-cabaret seating for 340 diners – and a Moroccan-themed bar and club on the mezzanine level.Located in a redecorated building that dates back to Cape Town’s early days, the venue has been retrofitted with an air conditioning system to keep the patrons comfortable.

keyboard_arrow_upA broader view of sustainable architecture
keyboard_arrow_downA broader view of sustainable architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA awards programme for Sustainable Architecture was launched at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention in Cape Town in October 2009. One of the functions of the SAIA - the South African Institute of Architects - is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues.

keyboard_arrow_upResponsible Care in the chemical industry
keyboard_arrow_downResponsible Care in the chemical industry

Sika's commitment to health, safety, enviro-care and sustainability is a global endeavour, in line with the Swiss group's mission of constantly striving for new levels of excellence in the field of speciality chemicals. Sika SA recently reinforced this undertaking by signing the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) Responsible Care pledge at its head office in Westmead, Durban.