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.
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.
By implementing a pressure management installation in a poor area, the Emfuleni Local Municipality in Gauteng created some breathing space to fix leaks and implement other water demand management activities, such as community awareness programmes. The overall project has led to a tremendous reduction in water loss and the costs to build the initial system were recovered in just two months. The project has earned national and international awards, and similar projects are now being rolled out in other areas, including the Metsimaholo Municipality on the other side of the Vaal River, where the same funders are collaborating again.
The Green Star SA Communities rating tool is currently being piloted and adapted for the South African context by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). Two innovative projects that are taking sustainability to the streets: the luxury Blue Rock Village in the Western Cape and the Braamfontein West regeneration project in Joburg’s inner city.
Jane Troughton and Greg Courtney’s green home in Durban north, Kwazulu-Natal, is the triumphant culmination of years of research and exploration into sustainable life. Aptly named Gorgeous Green House, it is a finalist in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation, the winners of which will be announced on October 27 2016.
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.
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.
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