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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has won the Greenovate Property Award 2018 and the Greenovate Engineering Award 2018, taking top place in both streams of the prestigious Greenovate Awards.

This is the second year in a row that UCT has taken top honours in both awards, demonstrating continued outstanding leadership in environmentally innovative thinking for the built environment.

The Greenovate Awards is a joint venture initiative between Growthpoint Properties and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), launched in 2015.

Dorah Modise, GBCSA CEO: “Greenovate has, over the years, provided a platform for students to deal with real-life green building research projects and solutions. The amazing energy these students display is inspiring and encourages us all to do more. The green building movement is in desperate need of vibrant young minds to take us to greater heights, and this is where it all begins.”

The programme has two streams: the Greenovate Property Awards, offered for the fourth time in 2018, and the Greenovate Engineering Awards, now in its second year. A total of eight universities competed again this year.

Only UCT and University of Johannesburg competed in both award streams. This year, 16 finalists were adjudicated.

Werner van Antwerpen, Corporate Finance, Growthpoint Properties: “We’re excited to see the interest in this programme growing and that it is creating more awareness and solutions for global climate challenge.”

The pioneering submissions varied from exciting ideas for green building materials, methods and management, to alternative sources of energy and water used within buildings, extracting valuable by-products that buildings generate, the most efficient ways to heat and cool buildings, the positive impacts of green buildings on the people who build and use them, and the accessibility of the public spaces between buildings.

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Greenovate Property Winners

Winners: The UCT team of Michael Inskip, Samantha Johnson and Morgan Knowles, supervised by Saul Nurick and Karen Le Jeune, with their submission titled Assessing the relationship between green buildings and their occupants' green citizenship.The team won R30,000 as well as the opportunity to present at GBCSA Conference 2019, local flights and accommodation included.

Second place:  University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) team made up of Rashid Bulbulia, Onneile Mfetane, Hitekani, Mongwe, with their submission titled “Incorporating cow dung in modern acoustics”. Stuart Ray supervised the team. The team won R15,000 as well as GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Third place: The WITS team of Kimera Ramruthan, Ziev Shani and Justin Watkins, supervised by Prisca Simbanegavi, with their submission titled “Investigating the possibility of making rental housing in the gap market more affordable through green building technology”. The team won R10,000 and GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Greenovate Engineering Winners:

First place: UCT student Chloe Bolton, supervised Dr Dyllon Randall, with the submission titled “Greywater treatment and reuse: wetland microbial fuel cell and sand filtration system for the on-site treatment and recycling of handwashing greywater.” The student took home R30,000 and earned the opportunity to present at GBCSA Conference 2019, local flights and accommodation included.

Second place: North West University student Eben Schutte with the submission “Investigating the suitability of electromagnetic water flow meters in a residential context”. Dr Henri Marais and Dr Leenta Grobler supervised the team. The student won R15,000 as well as GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Third place: The Stellenbosch University team of Marchant van den Heever and Frederick Albrecht Bester, supervised by Prof GPAG Van Zijl, with their “3D printed concrete” submission. The team won R10,000 and GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

This article has been edited by Babalwa Bungane from the originally story published on the Green Building Africa website and is republished with permission.