Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has announced that its ninth Green Building Convention will also be its first to take place in Johannesburg.
South Africa’s flagship green building and sustainability event is set for 26-29 July 2016 at Sandton Convention Centre, in the heart of the country’s highest concentration of green building developments.
“We’re expecting bumper delegate numbers. Global research shows South Africa has the largest percentage of green building projects underway in the world, and most of these are in Gauteng. Naturally, industry demand has driven our decision to bring the Green Building Convention to Jo-burg,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of GBCSA, commenting on the convention’s new Sandton Central setting.
The influential assembly plays a key role in shaping and developing South Africa’s green building movement. The Green Building Convention is the highlight of the green building calendar and attracts delegates from around the country and further afield.
‘Build a better world NOW’ is the theme of the convention in 2016, which is set to stimulate awareness, ambition and action to design, build and operate better buildings.
“This year, the event brings together industry leaders with the experience and ideas to generate solutions - some outrageous and some exquisite in their simplicity but all revolutionary in their power to affect positive change and build a better world now,” says Wilkinson.
GBCSA has also announced a compelling trio of keynote addresses. Headlining the event are Dr Ian McCallum, the author of "Ecological Intelligence" and a world authority on the interface between humans and the natural world; John Elkington, the "Advisor from the Future", who is an international expert on the impact of business on profits, people and the planet; and Paul Clements-Hunt who is a development finance strategist and a global advocate of clean capitalism, value-based infrastructure and sustainability.
Broadcaster and property professional Kura Chihota will again be the Master of Ceremonies at the Green Building Convention 2016, which will be rich in content across a broad spectrum of sustainability topics. It offers the best learning in green building; top industry speakers, exciting workshops and tours, and the opportunity reflect, connect and celebrate.
With seven solar farms successfully generating renewable energy at its buildings across South Africa, Growthpoint Properties is now embarking on its largest rooftop solar installations yet, and furthers its COP 21 commitment to boost its renewable energy generation
Growthpoint, the largest South African primary listed REIT (real estate investment trust), is undertaking two large solar installations on the rooftops of its Northgate Mall and Brooklyn Mall in Johannesburg and Pretoria, respectively. Each has a capacity of nearly 1,2MWp.
“Growthpoint has already passed the halfway mark in achieving its goal to install rooftop solar farms capable of generating an impressive 6MWp, Or, in other words, enough solar energy to power nearly 2,500 average South African homes,”says Werner van Antwerpen, Head of Sustainability Growthpoint Properties.
Harnessing energy from the abundant South African sunshine, Growthpoint has already completed the installation of photovoltaic solar panels with the capacity to generate over 3,2MWp at seven of its office, retail and industrial properties.
These solar farms are at its landmark assets across the country, including Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Constantia Village, Bayside Mall and Airport Industria. Its InfoTech building in Pretoria, Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg and Lincoln on the Lake office building in Umhlanga also benefit from solar power generating installations.
Growthpoint has a further four projects underway, expected to generate some 2,7MWp of renewable energy. Besides its Northgate and Brooklyn Mall installations, it is also establishing solar farms at Kolonnade Shopping Centre in Pretoria and its office property at 33 Bree and De Waterkant in Cape Town.
And this is only the beginning for Growthpoint. It has identified over 70 buildings across its portfolio for possible future solar PV installations.
“Our solar farms are one way Growthpoint is creating a more sustainable built environment for South Africa. It also delivers on our ambitious commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and green building, made on Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris last December,” says Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint’s Divisional Director.
“Growthpoint is committed to increasing solar energy generation, making all our 185 office buildings energy and water efficient, and ensuring all our long-term office investments and new developments are certified green buildings. We’re already putting our commitment into action,” adds Pienaar.
Growthpoint has established itself as a leader in green buildings. A Platinum Founding Member of the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA), Growthpoint owns or co-owns the largest portfolio of certified green buildings of any company in South Africa. Growthpoint is a FTSE/JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index company and an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
For some time now it has been Growthpoint’s goal to only develop office buildings that will achieve at least a 4-Star Green Star SA rating from the GBCSA. Now it has broadened its focus to include green performance of all office buildings in its significant portfolio.
Growthpoint has committed that, by 2020, all its office investments will be above the GBCSA Energy and Water Performance Rating Tool benchmark. It has also set a goal for all long-term office investments to achieve at least a 4-Star Green Star SA GBCSA Existing Building Performance certification.
This commitment to a more sustainable built environment goes well beyond nurturing a portfolio of green buildings.
“We want to create buildings and workplaces that support the health, happiness and well-being of the people who use them – places for people and businesses to thrive,” says Pienaar.
Growthpoint owns and manages a diversified portfolio of 474 properties in South Africa, 57 properties in Australia through its investment in GOZ and a 50% interest in the properties at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Growthpoint’s consolidated property assets are valued at over R110bn.
Green building is forecast to double globally by 2018, according to new research, which showcased South Africa as one of the top performers world-wide, reporting the highest percentage of green building projects currently underway.
Sustainability buffs will turn Cape Town a deeper shade of green when they converge in November for the much-anticipated Green Building Convention 2015, the theme of which this year is “Inspiring Better Buildings.”
The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) this week unveiled plaques commemorating the award of a 5-Star Green Star SA Office v1 Design rating for Bridge Park, an 18,000m² office development at Century City.