* Environment

 “This ends three years of waiting and uncertainty since the preferred bidders were first announced in April 2015, and is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole,” commented Greg Austin, MD of juwi Renewable Energies, in the wake of the signing of 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPPP) projects including the Power Purchase Agreements with Eskom on 4 April 2018. The signing will enable R56 billion of new investment in the economy over the next 2 to 3 years, which will immediately contribute to significant growth in the economy and job creation.

Architects and contractors often have a difficult time convincing clients that vinyl products are eco-friendly, sustainable and non-toxic. Despite industry experts and insiders recognising modern vinyl’s value and significant benefits and the decision taken in 2011 by Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star SA rating system, doubt regarding the environmental credentials of vinyl-type products, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plastic continues to linger.

JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties’ (JSE: RDF) strategy on solar energy is delivering cost efficiencies across the business and improving performance on key sustainability metrics. Redefine’s total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce approximately 35 754 600 kWh (kilowatt hour) of solar power per annum when fully operational.  

An increasing demand for sustainable construction options opens up new possibilities for precast concrete to be more widely used in housing projects.

Leading flooring supplier, KBAC Flooring, provided and installed 60 000 square metres of flooring for the new impressive new head office of the Discovery Group in Sandton.

The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time.

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