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

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 Manfred Braune

Manfred Braune has recently started an exciting new journey as the director of environmental sustainability at the University of Cape Town. He was part of the team that achieved the first four certified green buildings in South Africa at the very start of the country’s official green building journey, and followed this by joining the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), where he played … Continue reading Ten Questions with Manfred Braune

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

SA’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating awarded

South Africa’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating has been achieved by the team from consultancy Terramanzi and property owner and developer Garden Cities.  The project achieving this significant milestone is the Northridge Coastal Estate, which is phase 13A of Garden Cities’ Sunningdale development, bordering the Blouberg conservation area near Cape Town. Design of this ‘eco-village’ portion of the development started in 2014, and bulk infrastructure … Continue reading SA’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating awarded

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

Green building leaders recognised

The Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) Green Leadership Awards celebrate the people and projects transforming South Africa’s built environment. The awards took place at a ceremony at the 11th annual Green Building Convention gala dinner at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The criteria for qualifying green projects are based on submission data gathered during the GBCSA’s Green Star certification process … Continue reading Green building leaders recognised

GBCSA Convention day one in a nutshell

TOP TAKEOUT: We are getting results, but we have A LOT of work to do. (Oh, and try to do it without air conditioning.) The day started with the Green Cafe Satellite Session, which was facilitated by the Green Building Design Group’s (GreenBDG) Songo Didiza and C40 Cities’ Paul Cartwright. It was packed! It’s great to see that South African Cities are joining the C40 network … Continue reading GBCSA Convention day one in a nutshell