Johannesburg, 19 August 2014. As Africa increasingly integrates with the global economy, it is faced with the significant and complex challenge of balancing the sustainable use of its natural resources with the need for rapid economic growth and social progress.
Johannesburg, 17 July 2014. International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, in cooperation with consultancy firm HKV, has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme for the provision of services to develop disaster risk and early warning systems in Ghana.
Johannesburg, 17 July 2014. All over the world, nations have respected and admired Mandela for his unfailing integrity, his belief in democracy and collective leadership. He had the talent to inspire friend and foe alike. Children, world-leaders, academics, pop stars, the underprivileged, the wealthy, the frail – he is loved and revered to an unmatched degree.
Johannesburg, 11 July 2014. Known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda is famous for its lush highlands, deep valleys and Mountain Gorillas. But it’s the low-lying land currently causing concern among the country’s rapidly increasing population.
Johannesburg, 17 June 2014. Joining Cycology and the Green Building Council of South Africa is Royal HaskoningDHV, an international consultant company, in a campaign to create awareness of green mobility alternatives with a focus on electric bicycle commuting and the development of cycling routes throughout Sandton.
5 June 2014, The half-way point has been reached in the important climate change vulnerability assessment currently underway by Royal HaskoningDHV for The Swartland Municipality, on the Cape West Coast. The project involves the towns and surrounding areas of Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Yzerfontein, and Darling.
Johannesburg, 8 June 2014. Despite living in the age of high technology and convenience, sometimes situations demand a more traditional approach to accessing essential information.
Johannesburg, 22 May 2014. Did you know that Southern Africa’s landscape is one of the most globally diverse? Its Cape Floral Kingdom for example, is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. This ecosystem supports 9,600 recorded plant species, 70% of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Yet this precious asset is under threat by invasive alien plant species.
Johannesburg, 15 May 2014. Royal HaskoningDHV, South Africa and Shuma Africa Projects signed an Enterprise Development Agreement in Johannesburg on the 8th May 2014.
Why is heritage so important to us? We believe it’s because time-honoured traditions, buildings and landscapes help shape our social identity and provide us all with a sense of connection; to each other, to our communities, and to the past. This connection is what grounds us and gives us all a sense of direction.
CEO South Africa | Director Business Line Southern & Eastern Africa
Cape Town, 11 Sep 2014. By 2030 an expected 40% of Africans will be living in cities. How do we build an African Urban Green Legacy?
Under the current circumstances, urbanization in Africa can steer development into a negative spiral, adding problems on top of each other. Alternatively, it can also be the driving force for the development of efficient and smart living ‘ecosystems’ that flourish.
60 existing buildings registered for the Existing Building Performance Rating Tool pilot for 2014 – consider the multiplier effect in Africa when compared to 50 certified new buildings registered with over 7 years with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
The most obvious place to start building an African urban green legacy is with this tool. It has enormous potential to rapidly expand the green building legacy beyond the tip of the continent into Africa. A potential that outstrips that of any of the new building rating tools.
Green Leaders in the built environment can take any existing building stock in any condition in Africa and place it on the green journey by adopting this tool. It is designed specifically to be easy to understand, implement and manage to ensure progress on the green journey of the building.
The tool brings increased collaboration between tenants and landlords in occupied buildings to improve energy, water and waste current baselines and set many new benchmarks on environmental performance. It is an opportunity for Africa to use its resources efficiently and address climate change – buildings contribute to 1 in 3 tons of carbon dioxide.
Buildings outstrip the energy, transport and industry sectors combined, and are responsible for a whopping 40% of energy consumption, 40% of solid waste generation and 12% of fresh water consumption. We can reverse the trend of increased pressure on energy and water resources through increased urbanization – as well as dumping of all solid waste generation.
It has incredible leverage potential in accelerating green building awareness through fledgling Green Building Councils being established from Ghana to Sudan to Namibia. There are but a handful of green buildings beyond South Africa borders – this tool will accelerate uptake and break the myth of green equating costly.
As lead consultants on the tool with the GBCSA, we believe there is enormous opportunity for it to contribute to a welcoming future for Africa. We commend those property owners who are pioneers in greening existing buildings. They are Green Leaders and providing a platform for advocacy of green buildings into the rest of the continent.
We look forward to continue the journey of building a Green Urban Legacy in Africa with the GBCSA and … and of creating a welcome future for Africa with all of Green Leaders in the built environment!
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