The City of Tshwane is hosting the C40 New Building Efficiency Network Workshop from 17 to 19 April 2018, and visitors from Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Copenhagen, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Tshwane and Santiago will be in attendance.
The workshop aims to bring together City of Tshwane staff working on new building energy efficiency policy as well as programme development and implementation to meet in person, make new professional connections and initiate city-to-city collaboration to advance new building efficiency policy and progammes. It is also an opportunity to share good practice and new approaches to deliver ultra-high efficiency performance in new buildings so as to achieve net zero-carbon performance; and to create a network plan for the next year that will contribute towards each city's new building efficiency goals, including integration with their 1,5 degree climate action planning.
The City of Tshwane is a member of the C40 Climate Leadership Group and an Innovator City. The City joined C40 in 2014 and since then we have seen good progress in our efforts to build a more sustainable city for our future generations.
After the Paris Declaration and Compact of Mayors, which saw mayors committing to play a part in reducing carbon emissions in their cities, the City of Tshwane partnered with C40 and now conducts the South Africa 2020 Building Energy Efficiency Programme. The goal is to make all new buildings in South Africa energy efficient or zero-carbon or carbon neutral buildings by 2030 and to prevent a global average temperature rise of more than 1,5 degrees.
The City of Tshwane has a Green Economy Framework that provides a strategic guide for low-carbon, resource-efficient and climate-resilient, equitable economic development as part of the City's drive to a transition towards more sustainable development. The framework highlights that this transition will require a different approach to built environment development, focusing on green buildings and building efficiency.
The City of Tshwane requires infrastructure that conforms to standards supplied by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Hence the objectives of the policy guidelines are (a) to streamline the application process so as to facilitate rather than impede green development; b) to keep a record of applications and compliance with relevant legislation and standards; and c) to report applications to NERSA.
Joining the C40 New Building Efficiency drive and the South Africa 2020 Building Efficiency Programme means the City has to improve on what it has already done in the green building and energy efficiency space.
This includes the review of our Green Building By-law that was promulgated in 2012, to ensure that it is aligned to national building regulations and standards. These relate to SANS 204 and SANS 10400 XA, which are currently under review. Our Green Building By-law specifically promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy in the design of new buildings. It also promotes resource efficiency regarding water, transport and waste management.