Economic pinch puts spotlight on green building

South Africa’s construction industry continues to suffer the effects of the national lockdown. Unexpected delays and disruptions have resulted in increasing construction costs, which have had a knock-on effect for both developers and end-users. World Green Building Week, which runs from 21 to 25 September, encourages construction industry professionals to consider adopting a green approach, in order to keep expenses down and build a better, more sustainable future.

“To make construction more affordable, developers need to look at every line item involved in their construction and ask how they can reduce capital and operating costs. By implementing green building practices, developers can reduce building time by 40%, which has the effect of dramatically reducing other associated costs, in some cases by up to 13%,” says Sean Kenealy Director at student accommodation group STAG African.

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