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

Climate emergency is Oxford word of the year 2019

Climate Emergency is 2019 Oxford Dictionary word of the year

The 2019 Oxford Word of the Year is CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Climate emergency is defined as: a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it, says Oxford Dictionary. The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that is said to show, through usage evidence, a reflection of the ethos, mood, … Continue reading Climate Emergency is 2019 Oxford Dictionary word of the year

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

GBCSA Convention day two roundup

TOP TAKEOUT: The solutions exist. We need to collaborate to scale up and deploy them pronto. Day two of the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA) green building convention in Cape Town started with keynote presentations, which reinforced the message from keynote speaker Paul Hawken on day one: The solutions to climate change and the built environment challenges faced already exist. They need to be … Continue reading GBCSA Convention day two roundup

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

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

SA cities commit to net zero carbon buildings

If South Africa has any hope of meeting its global climate change commitments, there needs to be massive change at every level. While seemingly unattainable at first, delve a little deeper and there is encouraging news to show the path is being forged. South Africa’s four major metros – Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and eThekwini committed to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration (NZCBD) at the Global … Continue reading SA cities commit to net zero carbon buildings