NET ZERO BUILDINGS

A net zero carbon building is a highly energy-efficient building, with the remaining energy requirements generated from renewable energy, preferably on-site, but it can be off-site if necessary. There should be zero net carbon emissions on a yearly basis. Four of South Africa’s major metros are implementing policies that require all new buildings to be net zero carbon from 2030. Net zero carbon buildings can result in quality housing, local economic development and establishing conditions for grid-interactive buildings of the future.

Net Zero Buildings

A net zero carbon building is a highly energy-efficient building, with the remaining energy requirements generated from renewable energy, preferably on-site, but it can be off-site if necessary. There should be zero net carbon emissions on a yearly basis. Four of South Africa’s major metros are implementing policies that require all new buildings to be net zero carbon from 2030. Net zero carbon buildings can result in quality housing, local economic development and establishing conditions for grid-interactive buildings of the future.

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City Powers to Regulate Generation and Reticulation of Electricity: Scope for Bylaws

This report explores the question whether the inclusion of the term ‘building regulations in Schedule 4, Part B of the Constitution materially affects the national government’s power to regulate buildings and building standards and, to the extent that it does affect that power, does it give a power to regulate buildings to local government, i.e. municipalities? (Pegasys, 2018).

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Cost model comparing ‘green’ and standard buildings

This Excel-based model provides cumulative discounted capital (construction and PV) and electricity costs for different building types (residential, office, retail, school) for standard buildings, energy efficient buildings and energy efficient buildings with rooftop PV. Various inputs can be adjusted to test the financial case for green buildings. (SEA, 2018)

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Sustainable Energy Solutions for South African Local Government: A Practical Guide

This is the third iteration of a practical how-to handbook for local municipalities on the roll-out of sustainable energy measures. The first section focuses on governance and legislation (e.g. mandates, green procurement, institutionalising of sustainable energy concerns, etc.); the second on municipal sustainable energy initiatives (e.g. solar water heating, efficient buildings, sustainable transport, etc.); and the third on macro developments (e.g. smart grids, concentrated solar, ocean energy, etc.). Interactive icons assist in skipping between chapters. (SEA, 2017)

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