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The house that Bernelle built

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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.

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Unconventional building blocks – Delft ECD

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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.

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Taking the high road – new Sanral office

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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.

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House on a hill – Crafford residence

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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.

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Reshaping Nairobi’s Skyline: Britam Tower

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.

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Inspiring African Innovation

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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.

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Upper Eastside Hotel’s green transformation

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Cape Town’s Upper Eastside Hotel, owned by Spear Properties has achieved a 5-Star Existing Building Performance (EPB) Green Star SA rating.

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Greener retail at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

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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.

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Namibia’s first 6-Stars – Emcon Office Windhoek

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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.

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Low impact, high creativity – greener approaches to housing

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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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