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Accelerating the green agenda through innovative building technologies

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Llewellyn Van Wyk

01 August 2015

CSIR Research Gate


uKESA Librarian 2

Journal article

South Africa

The primary goal of this research named ''Accelerating the green agenda through innovative building technologies'' is to promote innovation within the construction sector, aimed at expediting the adoption of eco-friendly building practices. Green building rating systems, in their pursuit of enhancing the environmental performance of structures, aspire to set a precedent for the construction industry. The Green Star rating system, as endorsed by the Green Building Council of South Africa in 2015, is predicated on several principles:

  • Establishing a common language and standardised criteria for assessing green buildings
  • Advocating for holistic and integrated building design
  • Elevating awareness about the advantages of green construction
  • Acknowledging and rewarding exemplary environmental stewardship
  • Mitigating the environmental impact of development

While these rating systems have achieved varying degrees of success in fulfilling their objectives, global industry reports indicate that pervasive systemic challenges hinder a comprehensive transition toward sustainability within the construction sector. Simultaneously, the absence of innovative practices within the building industry is recognised as a fundamental systemic obstacle hampering transformation. This issue has been acknowledged by rating tools, which actively promote the concept of green innovation. The central aim of this study was to assess, compare, and substantiate the effectiveness of Innovative Building Technologies (IBT) in terms of time, cost, and performance, as a catalyst for advancing green and sustainable building practices in South Africa.


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Building design

Building research

Built environment




Construction technology

Environmental management


Green buildings

Green infrastructure

Human settlements



Innovative Technologies

Innovative building technologies




South Africa


Technology and innovation

Urban and Regional Dynamics

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