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

Ten Questions with Sally Misplon

Sally Misplon is the founder of Misplon Green Building Consultants and recently scooped the Established Green Star Award at the Green Building Council South Africa’s 2018 Leadership Awards. She was also the joint winner of the award for Best Quality Submission, which was received for her work on the Liberty Life Centre in Umhlanga near Durban. Having already achieved more than 37 Green Star SA … Continue reading Ten Questions with Sally Misplon

Design for recycling

Petco, the plastic bottle recycling industry body, will soon release a guideline document with information on what to consider when designing bottles, to ensure improved recyclability. Petco, is also piloting a tool to rate the recyclability of different plastic bottles. The organisation hopes to share this with its members and is seeking input on how to ensure the tool is as accurate and user-friendly as possible. … Continue reading Design for recycling

SA carbon tax delayed

Implementation of a carbon tax in South Africa has been delayed to June 2019 said Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his medium-term budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday. A delay of six months later than the original implementation date of 1 January 2019, Mboweni said that National Treasury had “heard the concerns of business and labour during the parliamentary hearings.” “The carbon budgeting system and … Continue reading SA carbon tax delayed

Meet our GBCSA convention ticket winner

Charmaine Schoultz worked hard on the Open Source Green Forum competition to win a ticket to the Green Building Council SA’s (GBCSA) green building convention in Cape Town in October 2018. Working in the renewable energy industry, her company CSC Energy, assists municipalities, companies and residents to reduce their carbon footprint, become more sustainable, and save money through solar energy and energy management. We asked … Continue reading Meet our GBCSA convention ticket winner

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