The main outputs of this collective effort are a set of Green Building Guidelines that have been produced for Steve Tshwete Local Municipality and KwaDukuza Local Municipality. The full set of resources being released includes the municipal guidelines, divided into standalone chapters for ease of reference by particular user-groups. Handy checklists for a quick overview of the main considerations for buildings were also designed to aide municipal staff, developers and building owners to consider the various aspects of green building design and construction for inclusion in their plans or to check compliance of planning applications.
Download the full guidelines and checklist below. Each chapter is also available as an individual download as follows:
- Green building guidelines for Steve Tshwete Local Municipality: full version, checklist, introduction, building design, construction and management, spatial planning and land use management, transport planning, energy, water, waste, internal environmental quality, pollution, biodiversity, materials and procurement, urban agriculture.
- Green building guidelines for KwaDukuza Local Municipality: full version, checklist, introduction, building design, construction and management, spatial planning and land use management, transport planning, energy, water, waste, internal environmental quality, pollution, biodiversity, materials and procurement, urban agriculture
- In addition the team of experts have worked with the two Urban-LEDS municipalities to develop a green building implementation plan suited to their specific context.
Furthermore below are outputs for municipalities to draw inspiration from:
- A graphically illustrated summary document that captures the main elements of the green building guidelines to assist residents, property developers, architects and facility managers to work towards a more sustainable urban form. This graphic document is available from ICLEI in its original design file, enabling other municipalities to adapt with their logo’s and information and share with staff and local developers. A quick-guide poster is also available for dissemination.
- A case study outlining international and South African best practice with regard to Green Building Tools and Trends.
These guidelines have benefited from valuable inputs by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to ensure they match expert national and international standards. We plan to continue working closely with GBCSA, SALGA (South African Local Government Association), and with other ICLEI offices around the world, to ensure the wider adoption of similar guidelines by municipalities in South Africa and beyond. ICLEI Africa encourages member cities to adopt and adapt these guidelines to their own unique contexts, and to update them over time. We also support cities in their endeavours to implement the guidelines in a way that transforms their urban environments to be more liveable, prosperous, climate friendly and resilient.