why build green

By using less energy, water and natural resources, green buildings don’t just benefit the health of our planet – they make life better for their occupants, too.

For our built environment to be truly sustainable, our homes, schools, offices and other buildings need benefit the health and wellbeing of entire communities.

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Green building methods offer us an amazing opportunity to create environments that actually improve, rather than harm, our health.

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Building green is how we can play a part in preserving natural ecosystems, fighting climate change and protecting the planet we call home.

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Building green isn’t just for the wealthy few – it’s more affordable than you think. And unlike their conventional cousins, green buildings deliver savings throughout their lifespan.

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Green building news

From new technologies to exciting projects and industry updates, get the latest news on green buildings.

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GETTING TO ZERO

Find out more about developing net zero carbon buildings in South Africa.

Download the guide here.

Have your say on South Africa's green building laws

Our biggest metros are working on new regulations to promote green building.

Find out how you can participate.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO | The Green Building Council of South Africa uses the term net zero carbon to describe a building that is highly energy efficient. Net zero carbon buildings don’t just use significantly less energy – they are also capable of self-generating the little power they do need from clean, sustainable sources such as wind or solar.

GREEN BUILDINGS SPOTLIGHT

Kuyasa Energy-Efficient Retrofit

Kuyasa Energy-Efficiency Retrofit 
Location: Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Launched: 1999
Units: 2,309 low-income homes upgraded

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The housing units feature solar water heaters, ceiling insulation, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and efficient street lights.

GREEN FEATURES

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Solar water heaters

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Energy-efficient lighting

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Ceiling insulator

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Street lighting