Three groups of third-year students are currently designing the Green Buildings for Africa stand as part of their prescribed Programme in Interior Design under the guidance of Studio Master Mr John Deppe. Fire, air, wind and water are the four elements to be incorporated into the design, which focuses on sustainable development, an essential aspect of the Green Buildings for Africa programme.
The Green Buildings for Africa programme is run jointly by CSIR Boutek together with its strategic partners, which include Departments of Water Affairs and Forestry, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Minerals and Energy, and Public Works, as well as Eskom, South African Property Owners Association, SABS, FEDHASA, SAFMA, IIEC, IFMA, ELECTROSERVE, BECO, Rand Water, Envirosense, Tweeddale Consulting Services, Energy Cybernetics, and Rode and Associates.
Green Buildings for Africa supports and promotes efficient and environmentally responsible use of facilities by property owners, managers and tenants. Efficient use of non-renewable resources (energy and water), sustainable use of renewable resources, adopting environmentally conscious policy and healthy and comfortable indoor environments are practices encouraged by Green Buildings for Africa.
The SAPOA conference in May will be attended by approximately 1000 participating and invited delegates, with some 100 exhibitors occupying the eight exhibition zones. Joint exhibitors at the Green Buildings for Africa stand include Eskom, Rand Water, Energy Cybernetics and CSIR.