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A beautiful timber house, perched atop a hill, is an integral reflection of owner, Bernelle Verster’s passion for water and nature. The house, which has a nautical feel, cascades down the steep site like falling water.
In Delft, an impoverished township on the outskirts of the Cape Flats, local government is changing its approach to building early childhood development centres with a pioneering project showcasing a hybrid of natural building methods and up-cycled waste materials.
Sanral’s striking new Southern region building in Port Elizabeth is the first 5-Star Green Star SA rated building under the Office certification, in the Eastern Cape and signals the roll-out of a promising stretch of sustainable development for the city.
Making the most of nature’s canvas, the compact Crafford home and art studio in Pretoria uses local materials, works with the site and climate, and accentuates views to create an inspirational living and working space.
Set to be Africa’s third tallest building after South Africa’s Carlton Centre and Ponte Tower in Johannesburg, the elegant prism-shaped Britam Tower will stand proud over the city skyline of Nairobi, Kenya by February 2017. It features an innovative performance facade and – despite being 31 floors tall – is nearly 100% naturally ventilated.
General Electric’s Africa Innovation Centre near Rosebank, Johannesburg, taps into African artistry to activate creativity and enterprise development on the continent. The project is aiming for both a 5-Star Green Star SA Interior rating and the US-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors Gold rating.
Cape Town’s Upper Eastside Hotel, owned by Spear Properties has achieved a 5-Star Existing Building Performance (EPB) Green Star SA rating.
The latest completed extension at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Tshwane is its most significant as the centre achieved a 4-Star Green Star SA Retail Design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) – the first operational mall in South Africa to achieve this rating.
Emcon Consulting Group has achieved two firsts – Namibia’s first 6-Star Green Star SA Existing Building Performance v1 certification, for the country’s first submission by an entirely Namibian-based team of Green Star accredited professionals.
A greener approach to housing has seen two innovative answers to the housing problem lay foundations in the Western Cape. These have been developed alongside innovative financial models to facilitate home ownership. The Empower Shack 2.0 and the Umnyama Ikhaya container pod home are prototypes aimed at slightly different income groups and both are on their way to gaining official approval as alternative housing types.
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