Activity in South Africa's green building
sector has excelled in
recent years as the government, businesses and developers in the country
embrace sustainable building practices. At the moment, green buildings is
leading the pack of green innovation in our country with systems and
corroboration in place to educate inspire and assist all those who are serious
about a more sustainable future.
building is a process of consciously thinking how to reduce our personal and
global impact on our environment. The goals are:
Efficient use of energy, water and all other natural and material resources.
• Look after
our personal and global health while improving human productivity.
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental dreadful conditions.
associate green with expensive energy-saving solutions such as solar panels,
sod roofs or straw-bale homes. So is it possible to attach a financial value to
the cost and benefits of green buildings? A new inclusive report recently released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlighted a large number of
undeniable benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders
throughout the life cycle of a building. “It dispels the myth that green
building is more expensive, lists the benefits of green building and provides
the local proof of these,” explains Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO, Brian Wilkinson.
Design and Construction Costs
There has been an overall shift in thinking towards the cut in design and
construction costs associated with green building as building regulations
around the world become stricter, supply chains for green materials and
technologies mature and the industry becomes more skilled at delivering green
As investors become more knowledgeable about and concerned with the
environmental and social impacts of the built environment, buildings with
better sustainability records will have increased marketability. Additionally,
there is a demonstrated link between the green characteristics of buildings and
the ability of these buildings, in some markets, to more easily attract tenants
and to command higher rents and sale prices.
Green buildings have been shown to save money through reduced energy and water
consumption and lower long-term operations and maintenance costs. The energy
savings alone typically exceed any cost premiums associated with their design
and construction within a reasonable payback period. The Eskom Switch and Save residential mass roll
out sees the provides
households with free energy saving and load managing devices installed in their
homes free of charge. Switching to gas appliances (heaters and stoves) may cost
in the short term but save you significant amounts in the long run.
Workplace Productivity and Health
There is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that the physical
characteristics of buildings and indoor environments can influence an
employee’s productivity, occupant health and well-being, resulting in the end
result benefits for businesses. The Allan Gray office building at Cape Town’s
V&A Waterfront vision and mechanical design of the building has ensured
optimal indoor environmental quality for those working inside the building to promote health and well-being. Building users have access to striking
external views, ample natural daylight and care has been taken to specify
paints, wood products and carpets that contain no harmful compounds that could
possibly be inhaled by tenants.
Sustainability risk factors can significantly affect the rental income and the
future value of real estate assets, in turn affecting their return on
investment. Regulatory risks have become increasingly obvious in countries and
cities around the world, including mandatory disclosure, building policies and
laws banning inefficient buildings.
industry is embracing this vast shift towards sustainable practices and it is
exciting to see this unfolding right before our eyes.
growth opportunities in the Engineering field are looking quite promising. If
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