SAPOA Overall Green Award goes to 78 Corlett

78 Corlett drive, the Net Zero Energy and 6-Star Green Star SA-rated building in Johannesburg, has scooped the prestigious Overall Green Award at the 2019 South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards. Designed by Daffonchio & Associates Architects for property developer Legaro Properties, the sustainability consultants on the project were Solid Green Consulting. With green building moving into the mainstream (proven by the more mainstream … Continue reading SAPOA Overall Green Award goes to 78 Corlett

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

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

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

Rooftop solar for Roman’s Pizza head office

On a mission to decrease its carbon and environmental footprint, Roman’s Pizza recently installed a 137 kWp grid-tied solar PV plant at the company’s head office in Centurion. Installed by renewable energy provider New Southern Energy (NSE), the return on the solar investment is expected to be achieved within six years. The new Roman’s Pizza head office building was commissioned in March 2018, whereafter a … Continue reading Rooftop solar for Roman’s Pizza head office