Ten Questions with André Harms

After spending 14 months in the frozen, isolated natural beauty of Antarctica, leading the South Africa research team, André Harms returned home determined to work toward improving the way the built environment and natural environment interact. He started the sustainability consultancy Ecolution, in Cape Town, which has recently scooped innovation awards for the Net Zero Energy project Two Dam Sustainable.  1. Where do you go … Continue reading Ten Questions with André Harms

President launches SA’s green tech hub

The Atlantis special economic zone (SEZ) is a 124.5-hectare area designated for the establishment of a green technology hub in the Western Cape, focused on green tech, alternative waste management, energy-efficient technology and alternative building materials. “The Atlantis Zone has already attracted four large green tech investors, which are fully operational,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa, who officially launched the Atlantis Special Economic Zone in early … Continue reading President launches SA’s green tech hub

SAEEC Energy Award winners

The yearly Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEE) Conference took place in mid-November, and the SAEEC Energy Awards Ceremony recognised outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the industry. Congratulations to the 2018 Award winners: Energy Innovator of the Year went to the outspoken Songo Didiza who founded the Green Building Design Group and has been instrumental in engaging both the private and public sectors … Continue reading SAEEC Energy Award winners

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

Ten Questions with Rhian Berning

Rhian Berning is the founder of Eco Atlas, which is loaded full of products and services that empower people to make better lifestyle and travel choices. She recently went through the process of designing and constructing a green home after her family’s existing home was consumed by wildfire. We will only have a healthy planet when we have healthy communities. Where do you go for inspiration? … Continue reading Ten Questions with Rhian Berning

Global green building activity up, but not always certified

According to the World Green Building Trends 2018 report, more people will be making the majority (over 60%) of their building projects green buildings, however, not all of those will be certified projects. So although green activity is increasing, strategic certification is taking place. “The gap among those doing the majority of their projects green and those who are actually seeking certification on the majority of … Continue reading Global green building activity up, but not always certified

Afrisam-SAIA Sustainable Architecture Award winners

The AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were recently awarded to nine outstanding South African projects. “The recipients of the various awards have demonstrated that if we each take responsibility in shifting our own behaviour, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for human other organisms on our planet. They have taught us that we can change our … Continue reading Afrisam-SAIA Sustainable Architecture Award winners