People built structures for thousands of years, protecting us from weather and giving us space to live and work. But how we build and operate these buildings today has obviously changed – and not just through modern construction methods that make building quicker, but enable it to have a lighter […]
Green Star rated buildings show accelerated property values, have lower operating costs, retain value, encourage productivity, and are hands down more pleasant buildings use. And there is no surprise that the number of green buildings continues to rise. However, in 2007 it would have been. When the GBCSA was founded, […]
Women’s month is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing contribution that South African women are making across every sphere of life. It is also fitting for it to be a time to mark a call to action for accelerating gender parity – particularly in sectors such as construction […]
Economic growth has been singled out as being the key driver of change in Africa. Now with Fortune 500 Investment companies from Europe, China, Middle East and USA pouring in around $200 billion into the African market, it has led to the development of several Residential, Commercial and Hospitality properties with around 1000+ Live projects and another 2000+ more being in the pipeline. Africa is opening its […]
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.
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 […]
2050 will arrive in 33 quick years and by then the earth’s population is set to double, requiring a staggering 89 billion tons of natural resources per year if we do not change our ways. To cope with the pressure, urban authorities need to be prepared to learn how to adapt.
In 2018, the proportion of green buildings will climb from 2017’s 41% to 61% of all South African building project activity.
The first four projects to be certified as Net Zero (pilot) in South Africa are the Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Gauteng; Estuaries Plaza in Century City, Cape Town; and Greenfields Industrial Park in Cape Town and Two Dam Sustainable in Montagu in the Western Cape.
Under a new agreement, the GBCSA is now licenced to certify green buildings throughout the African continent with the Green Star rating system. The licence agreement allows the GBCSA, in collaboration with other African green building councils, to sub-licence and use Green Star with their Local Context Report to certify buildings in their respective countries.