With the release of the Green Building Council of SA's certification for South African buildings, a number of progressive developers and architects are designing sustainable buildings, or gunning for a Green Star Rating.
Materials consumed or used in the building process is one of nine major categories of evaluation, hence increasing relevance for green building materials. Other significant categories, related directly or indirectly to the performance of materials are Emissions and Energy.
At the recent GBCSA 3rd Annual Convention 2010, held in Cape Town, South Africa's Green Building Council announced significant progress in rolling out a Green Star Multi-Unit Residential rating tool, scheduled for year-end in pilot form, and progress towards the Existing Building rating tool. The existing buildings tool is dependent on the rollout of a national energy benchmarking system - as a first step.
Energy performance, with the usage of appropriate building material is hence critically important to the designer's range of green building choices.
What has this to do with Eco-Insulation?
Plenty - Please read all our posts and watch this space as we explore how you, the designer or developer can increase your Green Star scoring by using our unique product.