Joburg wants to be a city of ‘green’ buildings by 2050

The Johannesburg City Council has approved a draft policy to introduce the development of green, low energy consumption buildings.

The Green Building policy is part of the city’s efforts to achieve low to net-zero carbon performance for all new buildings in Johannesburg by 2030 while achieving a total net-zero performance compliance standard by 2050.

The policy will guide the development of green, low energy consuming buildings within the city powered by cleaner and renewable energy sources.

“Although the City of Johannesburg has continuously been improving service delivery in key sectors, including energy, waste management, water and sanitation, as well as public transport, the challenges are exacerbated by rapid urbanisation and population growth, in a city that is still struggling with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning,” it said in a statement.

“The urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, together with increasing non-renewable resource scarcity, is therefore driving the change to a more sustainable built environment.”

The draft policy stems from a partnership with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and  a programme aimed to support cities to go above and beyond current building energy performance plans, through the accelerated implementation of low to net-zero carbon actions within the built environment.

Development policy

Johannesburg also passed a draft Development Contributions Policy, which seeks to speed up the rate of development in the city by providing greater clarity around an existing capital funding instrument,

The purpose of the proposed new policy is to simplify and integrate the development contributions process and charges for the provision of engineering services to meet the demands of new developments, the city said.

“The draft policy is further intended to speed up the rate of development by providing greater clarity around an existing capital funding instruments that allow for the timely provision of essential bulk infrastructure required to service the needs of new developments.

“Engineering services are services consistent with the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA), namely: water, sanitation, electricity, municipal roads, stormwater and transport.”

‘Development contributions’ are a once-off charge levied by a municipality on the landowner, as a condition for approving land development application.

They are levied to cover the costs incurred by the municipality when installing new infrastructure or upgrading an existing infrastructure.

The city said it currently has a fragmented way in which it determines and calculates engineering service contributions for engineering services.

“Each of the city’s municipal entities responsible for the provision of engineering services have their own internal policy and approach to determine engineering service contributions and figures, which are often not simple to understand with varied approaches and complex technical input mechanism.

“This lack of a uniform approach in the determination and calculation of development contributions unfortunately resulted in general confusion and concern raised by the city’s development partners and potential investors.”


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Joburg wants to be a city of ‘green’ buildings by 2050