Posted on 03. May, 2013 by Marcus.
Building developer Abland has received a four-star Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the green building design of its Alice Lane project, in Sandton. This is the GBCSA’s thirtieth green star certification. The project provides easy access to the Gautrain station, malls, embassies, hotels and offices. The [...]
Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by Marcus.
The latest green building rating tool launched by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Green Star SA – Public & Education Building (version 1) Rating Tool, was first put through its paces in an extensive pilot project carried out on a number of public buildings in South Africa and is now freely [...]
Posted on 09. Apr, 2013 by Marcus.
In line with the emerging trend of so-called green leases between landlords and tenants, ALW Estates is currently developing one of its first on spec buildings to be Green Star rated by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA). There’s a major shift within the property leasing market currently, as landlords look to improve the [...]
By Prof. Gwen Theron and Johan Bothma Introduction Periodically throughout history a gaping divergence occurs between what societies know to be the visual reality of their cities and what they hold as the visual ideal of what their cities should look like. Thayer and Richman (1984:192,193) define this phenomenon as “cognitive dissonance” and state that [...]
By Dr Dirk Conradi Built Environment Unit, CSIR Introduction The concept of a Building Information Model (BIM) also known as a Building Product Model (BPM) is nothing new. A short article on BIM will never cover the entire field, because it is a particularly complex field that is recently beginning to receive a lot of [...]
By Philip Olejnik Dimension Data MEA Poor building performance is crippling the future of the current industry” “Network convergence has the capacity for greatly increasing building system operating efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” “Network convergence has the capacity for vast improvements in managing building operations and improving comfort and performance of occupants” BuilCon Conference [...]
Would you live in this green building? Architect Ahmed Elseyofi of IAMZ Design thinks you should. The Egyptian architect’s green building concept, a mixed-use building called “World of Chlorophyll,” features individual units stemming from central columns that “imitate the ‘branch and leaf’ structure” of plants, according to his web site. And he has proposed a [...]
By Luke Osburn Built Environment Unit, CSIR The heating, ventilation and cooling loads of typical commercial office space can range between 30-50% of the total energy load of the building. However, this figure is highly variable due to the high variability in building design, the climate in which they are built and their quality. Typically, [...]
Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 by Marcus.
The largest, greenest building in South Africa award belongs to Cape Town. The new No 1 Silo Building in the V&A Waterfront was bestowed a six-star Green Star SA rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It is only the second building in South Africa to be awarded the rating and the first [...]
As green architects continue to envision the utopian cities of the future, one thing is certain: innovation means sustainability. In the midst of a global ecological crisis,green architects and green designers are relentlessly pursuing green design strategies that manage to mitigate the toxic byproducts of our consumption habits, while maximizing our use of sustainable energy [...]