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The newly launched Central Square – a large scale mixed-use development in Pretoria’s Menlyn Maine precinct – ups the stakes for sustainable design in South Africa’s retail sector, having piloted a new custom rating tool for Green Star certifications.
The project that was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s aspiration to improve medical care for children will become a reality when it opens to patients early 2017 in one of Southern Africa’s biggest cities, Johannesburg. The funding structure and stringent requirements for a highly specialised care facility at this scale created huge challenges for the introduction of sustainability elements. At all times though, the building holds at heart the needs of its main users: children in need of healing.
The City of Johannesburg’s water management company, Johannesburg Water (JW), has proven the business case for alternative energy solutions with the commissioning of a second municipal wastewater biogas-to-energy plant in Diepsloot. At the plant, more than 405Mℓ of sewage is treated per day and it has been in full operation since August 2012.
JW since commissioned a second biogas-to-energy project at its Driefontein waste water treatment works (WWTW) with operations expected to commence in October 2016.
Some 40km from the capital city Tshwane, next to Rethabiseng Township and Ekandustria Estate near Bronkhorstspruit, the municipality’s first ‘agropolitan city’ has been launched. Called the Tshwane Food and Energy Centre, this greenfield development is sited on 200 of 2 600 hectares zoned for agriculture.
One year after occupation in August 2014, the new Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) building in Tshwane is exceeding its Green Star SA Design certification targets and elevating awareness of sustainable technologies and the benefits of a well-structured public private partnership agreement.
About one million of eThekwini’s 3.5 million residents live in informal settlements and have no access to proper water and sanitation services. In response, the eThekwini municipality has developed communal ablution blocks that are improving the quality of life for many.
The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) is a serious attempt to establish specialised training, education and research services to the renewable energy industry. The building itself was also built with sustainability in mind.
Cornubia is a R25 billion, 1300ha development 25km north of Durban, bordered by the N2, the M41 and the Ohlanga River near uMhlanga, the largest sustainable integrated human settlement initiative in KwaZulu-Natal.
Rwanda continues to mend its social fissures and shape a cohesive society, boasting humble yet innovative design solutions. One such project results from a collaboration including South African architect Peter Rich, a judge at the recent 2014 World Architecture Awards.
Libraries are proving to be examples of restorative design at its best, with utmost attention paid to marrying human and environmental systems. But by providing access to information and encouraging education, these facilities underline core principles at the heart of sustainability.
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