Finance for green building

IFC releases finance and policy blueprint for green buildings

To encourage investors to put their money into sustainable buildings, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has released a report entitled Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets. It says that by 2030, in emerging markets alone, green buildings will offer a $24.7 trillion investment opportunity, which will spur economic growth and accelerate sustainable development. The report gives proof that green buildings are … Continue reading IFC releases finance and policy blueprint for green buildings

#ClimateStrike the South African way

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets on Friday September 20, 2019 as part of the global climate strikes, which took place across 150 countries and saw over four-million people worldwide calling for climate action. Organised by the African Climate Alliance (ACA) in Cape Town, the organisation led a march to the Parliament of South Africa, where they handed over a memorandum for the … Continue reading #ClimateStrike the South African way

Creecy’s budget speech: SA’s environmental status update

South Africa’s new Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barabara Creecy took over as Minister on 30 May 2019. She most recently served as Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in the Gauteng Provincial Government. She is a leader of the ANC and has served in government in various portfolios since 1994. According to government communications, it was under Creecy’s leadership that the Gauteng … Continue reading Creecy’s budget speech: SA’s environmental status update

Cheers! Darling Brew is first Green Star SA rated brewery

It was recognised as the first carbon neutral brewery in 2018 and now, the craft beer haven in Darling in the Western Cape has become the first brewery to get it’s Green Stars. Sustainability consultants Ecolution explain that Darling Brew has received a 4 Star Existing Building Performance Green Star SA Certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).  This rating monitors performance over … Continue reading Cheers! Darling Brew is first Green Star SA rated brewery

Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth

Over the Langeberg mountains and far away, a dilapidated farm has been transformed into a thriving off-grid Net Zero Carbon certified trout farm and self-catering accommodation. Soon, three new off-grid natural buildings will be added to the existing accommodation available to visitors. About four years ago, Vivian and Marco Harms, who were working near the Kruger National Park as a conservationist and a lodge manager, … Continue reading Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth

Three net-zero certifications for Vleihuis residential development

The design of the Vleihuis development in Linden, by Marc Sherratt Sustainability Architects, has achieved three Net Zero certifications from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). Set to start construction mid-2019, the multi-unit residential project has achieved Net Zero Carbon, Net Zero Water and Net Positive Ecology (Pilot) certifications. Starting with net zero as a brief, this project began outside with ecology, restoring the … Continue reading Three net-zero certifications for Vleihuis residential development

Old Mutual aims for Net Zero Water

Old Mutual’s Cape Town head office, Mutualpark, is aiming for a Net Zero Water certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), after officially going ‘off the water grid’ in August 2018, thanks to dedicated long-term efficiency and savings, and a massive blackwater filtration plant. The 166 000 square metre office, which accommodates about 9 000 employees and contractors is one of the … Continue reading Old Mutual aims for Net Zero Water