All Capetonians, whether at home or in their places of work or learning, need to take action. Firstly, as an emergency response to prepare for – or ideally avoid – Day Zero, and secondly, to make plans for a long term shift in how we use water. Manfred Braune
Some key questions to be deliberated on include: How will health and wellbeing impact the way we build our cities? What can we learn about communities through reconciliation? How will we win the race to resilience? What is the level of ambition from the different sub-sectors within the property industry?
Signalling the increasing importance of sustainable building practices in South Africa.
Emira has recognised the value in managing and operating their buildings in a sustainable manner, and therefore have also committed to pursuing Green Star Existing Building Performance ratings for all new developments, commencing one year after the 70% occupation rate has been reached.
Project is up to 29% more energy efficient; up to 25% more water efficient & boasts up to 43% reduction in the energy used to make construction materials. The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has announced that the Fourleaf Estate residential development in Port Elizabeth is the first residential […]
2050 will arrive in 33 quick years and by then the earth’s population is set to double, requiring a staggering 89 billion tons of natural resources per year if we do not change our ways. To cope with the pressure, urban authorities need to be prepared to learn how to adapt.
South Africa’s townships’ dysfunctional education and health systems have turned them into spatial traps. “The paradox is that the investment in public housing is capped by state spending. The more we redistribute to try and get the poor into the city, the more we reinforce spatial inequality. What we need to recognise is that the challenges we face get more acute with each public- and private-sector rand invested,” Pieterse said.
The anticipated growing cost of utilities coupled with electricity and water shedding increases the appeal of alternative, greener sources of energy and water, and greater efficiency for both, in homes.
In 2018, the proportion of green buildings will climb from 2017’s 41% to 61% of all South African building project activity.
The annual Green Star Leadership awards are sponsored by Old Mutual Properties and consist of four categories. For buildings, there are the Highest Rated Building and Best Quality submission categories, while individual professionals are recognised as either an Established Green Star or a Rising Green Star.