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Zuma Urges SA’s Development Sectors To Build Green

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014 by .

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South African President Jacob Zuma has encouraged all sectors in the country’s development efforts to implement measures to fight climate change, APA learnt on Saturday. If all sectors implement the measures to fight climate change at the same time, together we can build the biggest mitigation buffer against climate change, Zuma said at the official […]

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Green Buildings Are Fast Becoming a Non-negotiable

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014 by .

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Another Hollywood inspired technology feature has become a day-to-day reality in today’s construction industry. Green Buildings controlled by sensors, managed at the touch of a button or even remotely, used to be regarded by movie audiences as amazing science fiction. Today’s offerings of power technologies, control systems and energy efficient applications are becoming a standard […]

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Environmentally sustainable concrete structures

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014 by .

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(This article was originally published in the Green Building Handbook Volume 4) Introduction Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on earth and energy is consumed and CO2 emitted during its manufacture and production. The production of Portland cement results in 800-900 tonnes CO2 being emitted per ton of clinker produced. However, when considering cement and its […]

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Green Building is an Economic Necessity

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by .

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While questions have arisen about the potential crushing effects of the recent economic situation on the trend toward green building and retrofitting, Nedbank Corporate Property Finance regional executive, Ken Reynolds has concluded that the value of green building remains strong. With rising operating costs and the economic slowdown in South Africa likely to have an […]

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SA’s Green Buildings and Professionals Honoured by GBCSA

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by .

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The winners of the Green Star Leadership Awards 2014 were recently announced at the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Convention held in Cape Town as the council honoured and recognised top rated Green Star buildings and professionals who have contributed immensely to the industry. Sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, this year’s big winners […]

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Is Newtown Junction reviving Joburg CBD? Latest on who’s moving back to inner city

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by .

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By Zahn Hulme and Wiehahn Strydom* Shoppers, office workers and residents in the Joburg CBD now have a world-class retail and leisure destination right on their doorstep with the opening of the landmark R1.4 billion Newtown Junction mixed-use shopping, leisure and office development in the trendy Newtown precinct. The first stores have opened within the […]

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Green Building Development Completed in Century City

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by .

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Commercial property investment, management and development house – Horizon Capital’s latest completed development, Ibis House, is positioned to become the first certified 4 Star Green Star office space for small to medium tenants in South Africa, says the company. The building is situated in The Estuaries, Century City, and is premium-grade office green building that is […]

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It Pays to Build Green

Posted on 14. Oct, 2014 by .

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(This article was originally published in the Green Building Handbook Volume 5)  As the ‘green’ wave gathers momentum, so green-washing becomes more common practice in South Africa and the importance of having an independent body to certify green buildings, in accordance with established and agreed criteria, becomes more apparent. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) […]

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Building Resilient Human Settlements in a Climate of Change

Posted on 07. Oct, 2014 by .

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(This article was originally published in the Green Building Handbook Volume 4) Introduction The main purpose of this chapter is to 1) note the impacts of climate change on human settlements and vice versa, and 2) propose design and institutional strategies to improve the resilience of human settlements to withstand these impacts or at least reduce the […]

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Editorial October 2014

Posted on 07. Oct, 2014 by .

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This issue focuses exclusively on the people/planet nexus: that tenuous relationship which currently exists between people and the planet they inhabit. This relationship is characterised by a number of narratives: first, the loss of ecological goods and services arising out of human expansion; second, the importance of humans being connected to nature; and third, the […]

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