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Making an Existing Home More Energy Efficient

Posted on 31. Oct, 2014 by .

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Matthew and Sue Seip recently purchased a house in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania to be near family members who live in the Philadelphia area. Sue Seip, a professor at Philadelphia University, specializes in interior design, and Matt Seip has an architecture degree, so “we are very green-conscious, so to speak, and are both LEED-certified professionals,” she said. “Green building is […]

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South Africa awards its first ‘existing building’ green rating

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by .

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Written by Brian Wilkinson For green building advocates, it will not be a surprise to learn that Cape Town’s Black River Park has been awarded South Africa’s first “existing building” green star rating. The office complex has been highlighted as an example of best practice for some time. What is surprising, perhaps, is that it […]

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Defining Net Zero Energy Buildings

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by .

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(This article was originally published in The Green Building Handbook Volume 5) Worldwide increasing attention to energy consumption and associated environmental impacts thereof has resulted in a critical attitude towards energy usage of buildings. Increasing costs of energy and dependence on energy service providers add to this as well. The built environment in general, and buildings in […]

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Using Server Farms to Heat Green Buildings

Posted on 24. Oct, 2014 by .

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Amazon is planning to heat its new Seattle offices with waste heat from a nearby data center Amazon, in case you didn’t know, is a heavy user of computers. Not only do their run their online store but they also have a popular cloud computing service. Computers turn electricity into kitten videos, celebrity tweets, and […]

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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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