The Admin B building at Stellenbosch University has received the first-ever Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in recognition of its commitment to energy efficiency.
Despite a lockdown induced slowdown in new-build projects, engineering consultants Zutari says they are still receiving enquiries from property developers to pursue Green Star ratings that promote sustainable design principles.
Buildings presently account for about 40% of the world’s energy consumption, green buildings can help to reduce this consumption, writes Thabang Byl of Schneider Electric.
The growth in utility management interest occurred after Eskom said rotational power outages were here to stay until at least March 2022.
By implementing green building practices, South Africa’s construction industry can recover quicker from the effects of the national lockdown.
Finance and Policy
IFC’s support of green building policies, two million tons of greenhouse gases are avoided annually, which is equivalent to removing 426,000 cars off the road.
One Discovery Place is among one of the few projects to have achieved a six Green Star as-built rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Governments need to take stronger policy action to reverse the worrying slowdown in global energy efficiency improvements, according to the results of a public survey conducted by IEA.
In SSA, cities will double in population by 2050, providing a $768 billion investment opportunity to green future construction until 2030, says IFC report.
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