As the largest property owner in the country and the main provider of social housing, the South African government plays a vital role in leading the transformation of our built environment for the better. It’s not just about setting an example on how to build and operate smarter, more sustainable buildings – it’s also about shaping sound policies and enhancing public knowledge to encourage widespread adoption of green building practices and the growth of green building markets.
Explore this hub to find tools, tips and guides to support your work and help you drive meaningful community engagement in green building policies and practices in South Africa.
GREEN BUILDING FRAMEWORK AND POLICY FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has taken decisive steps to promote sustainable building practices and ensure the construction sector reduces its impact on the environment.
This has included extensive training of public sector officials and building managers.
The Department’s Green Building Policy was launched in 2018 to provide strategic leadership in the sustainable building sector. The ‘umbrella’ policy aims to support all tiers of government building development management to develop appropriate policy and addresses building features such as:
• Energy efficiency
• Water and waste management
• Indoor air quality and comfort
• Sustainable materials and products
Effective policies and regulations are vital for promoting energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable building design in South Africa. Find out more about South Africa's green building regulations here.
When it comes to the transition to smart, green building, the government sector should lead by example – there are many benefits to doing so. Find out more here.
Good governance depends on close cooperation between decision-makers and ordinary South Africans. This is why public participation, the process of engaging citizens in government planning and policymaking, is so important – it’s like a two-way street between those who make the decisions and the communities affected by those decisions. Find out more here.
GREEN BUILDINGS SPOTLIGHT
Project floor area: 75,520m2
Date certified: 7 November 2016
Address: Pretoria, Gauteng
Operating out of a green building is a demonstration of commitment to the wellbeing of local government staff, and illustrates that the capital city is taking the lead in tackling climate change.
Solar water heaters
Roof overhangs for thermal efficiency
Heat insulation cookers (Wonderbags)
Optimal building orientation