Green Building Convention: Sustainability Tour Open to the Public

By philip
17 October 2013

Cape Town will be afforded the opportunity to showcase its green building initiatives during the Green Building Council of South Africa’s Convention.

The City will show off its green building successes and learn from the best practice of others during a gathering of the largest global network influencing the green building marketplace in Cape Town from 16 – 18 October.

City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, will be welcoming delegates of the sixth annual Green Building Convention at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 17 October 2013. The World Green Building Council will hold its Annual Congress at the same time – this is the first time it will be held on African soil.

One of the highlights of the convention will be the unique city sustainability tour, open to the public. It will be led by top City sustainability experts and urban planners and will cover the sustainable initiatives that the City is currently involved in or in the process of rolling out, including the Oranjezicht City Farm, Green Point Urban Park and the Company’s Garden.

Another highlight will be a tour to the City’s Manenberg Housing Offices, also open to the public. Situated in one of Cape Town’s most socially and economically challenged communities, this remarkable architectural example is a 4-star rated green building that has contributed positively not only to the built landscape, but also to the social upliftment and cohesion of this fragmented community.

Energy efficiency and other green initiatives are part of the City’s commitment to creating a Well-run and Caring City.

To this end, a Smart Building Handbook: A Guide to Green Building in Cape Town, was published by the City in June 2012. It provides practical information on energy efficient technologies, design criteria and appropriate materials and solutions that will result in addressing ‘whole green building design’. This includes measures to reduce up to 70% of total household energy needs by means of simple design principles that reduce lighting, heating and cooling needs.

For information about the tours, please contact

via Cape Town Green Map.

City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, will be welcoming delegates of the sixth annual Green Building Convention at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 17 October 2013. The World Green Building Council will hold its Annual Congress at the same time – this is the first time it will be held on African soil.

One of the highlights of the convention will be the unique city sustainability tour, open to the public. It will be led by top City sustainability experts and urban planners and will cover the sustainable initiatives that the City is currently involved in or in the process of rolling out, including the Oranjezicht City Farm, Green Point Urban Park and the Company’s Garden.

Another highlight will be a tour to the City’s Manenberg Housing Offices, also open to the public. Situated in one of Cape Town’s most socially and economically challenged communities, this remarkable architectural example is a 4-star rated green building that has contributed positively not only to the built landscape, but also to the social upliftment and cohesion of this fragmented community.

Energy efficiency and other green initiatives are part of the City’s commitment to creating a Well-run and Caring City.

To this end, a Smart Building Handbook: A Guide to Green Building in Cape Town, was published by the City in June 2012. It provides practical information on energy efficient technologies, design criteria and appropriate materials and solutions that will result in addressing ‘whole green building design’. This includes measures to reduce up to 70% of total household energy needs by means of simple design principles that reduce lighting, heating and cooling needs.

For information about the tours, please contact pate@mailzone.co.za