Like energy drives movement, so energy from electricity enables economic growth. But South Africa uses more energy to do less when compared to similar developing economies, which means that we burn through much more energy to compete. And as our energy is often very dirty, this increase means the cost we extract from damaging our environment is far too high.
The current disposable nappy landfill problem is alarming: an estimated more than 3.5 billion soiled nappies, or close to 1.1 million tonnes per year. Adult incontinence (40 000 tonnes) and female hygiene products (1.3 million) add considerably to the problem. Little wonder, it is estimated that AHP products account for the 4th largest recyclable contributor by volume to landfill space worldwide.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Green Building Council SA (GBCSA) at the start of RICS Summit Africa 2018, which kicked off in Sandton Central, Johannesburg, yesterday (Wednesday, 30 May 2018). As smart urbanism and sustainability is the overall theme at this year’s summit, the MoU […]
The GBCSA’s attention has been drawn to a publication impugning the credibility and integrity of the GBCSA, it’s supporters and members, and that of the South African green building movement at large. The GBCSA is procuring legal advice on the matter. In the interim it wishes to allay any concerns […]
On Tuesday the 8th of May the GBCSA held a launch event at their new Johannesburg offices, Rosebank Corner, 191 Jan Smuts Avenue. This by-invitation-only event was an opportunity for GBCSA’s guests and sponsors to see and experience for themselves why we say that our offices are physical expressions of our purpose, values and principles.
All Capetonians, whether at home or in their places of work or learning, need to take action. Firstly, as an emergency response to prepare for – or ideally avoid – Day Zero, and secondly, to make plans for a long term shift in how we use water. Manfred Braune
Some key questions to be deliberated on include: How will health and wellbeing impact the way we build our cities? What can we learn about communities through reconciliation? How will we win the race to resilience? What is the level of ambition from the different sub-sectors within the property industry?
Signalling the increasing importance of sustainable building practices in South Africa.
Emira has recognised the value in managing and operating their buildings in a sustainable manner, and therefore have also committed to pursuing Green Star Existing Building Performance ratings for all new developments, commencing one year after the 70% occupation rate has been reached.
Project is up to 29% more energy efficient; up to 25% more water efficient & boasts up to 43% reduction in the energy used to make construction materials. The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has announced that the Fourleaf Estate residential development in Port Elizabeth is the first residential […]