SA varsities stand out at Greenovate Awards 2018

By | 2019-01-11T09:44:23+00:00 January 9th, 2019|Events, News|

UCT excel and win both the Greenovate Property and Engineering Awards 2018 while Wits, NWU and SUN also claim honours at the Greenovate Awards 2018. 

For the second year in a row, the University of Cape Town (UCT) scooped the Greenovate Property Award 2018 and the Greenovate Engineering Award 2018, taking top place in both streams of the prestigious Greenovate Awards.

From left are: UCT supervisor Karen Le Jeune; Greenovate 2018 Property Award winners Michael Inskip, Morgan Knowles and Samantha Johnson; and UCT supervisor Saul Nurick. Image credit: Growthpoint Properties

From left are: UCT supervisor Karen Le Jeune; Greenovate 2018 Property Award winners Michael Inskip, Morgan Knowles and Samantha Johnson; and UCT supervisor Saul Nurick. Image credit: Growthpoint Properties

Launched in 2015, the Greenovate Awards is a joint venture initiative between Growthpoint Properties and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). This student programme aims to educate and reward the young minds and future leaders of South Africa for innovation and green building in the built environment.

A total of eight universities competed again this year. Only UCT and University of Johannesburg (UJ) competed in both award streams. This year, 16 finalists were adjudicated.

The pioneering submissions varied from exciting ideas for green building materials, methods and management, to alternative sources of energy and water used within buildings, extracting valuable by-products that buildings generate, the most efficient ways to heat and cool buildings, the positive impacts of green buildings on the people who build and use them, and the accessibility of the public spaces between buildings.

The winners

Greenovate Property Awards 2018

Winners: The UCT team of Michael Inskip, Samantha Johnson and Morgan Knowles, supervised by Saul Nurick and Karen Le Jeune, with their submission titled ‘Assessing the relationship between green buildings and their occupants’ green citizenship’. The team won R30 000 as well as the opportunity to present at GBCSA Conference 2019.

Second place: University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) team made up of Rashid Bulbulia, Onneile Mfetane, Hitekani, Mongwe, with their submission titled ‘Incorporating cow dung in modern acoustics’. Stuart Ray supervised the team. The team won R15 000 as well as GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Third place: The WITS team of Kimera Ramruthan, Ziev Shani and Justin Watkins, supervised by Prisca Simbanegavi, with their submission titled ‘Investigating the possibility of making rental housing in the gap market more affordable through green building technology’. The team won R10 000 and GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Greenovate Engineering Awards 2018

Winners: UCT student Chloe Bolton, supervised by Dr Dyllon Randall, with the submission titled ‘Greywater treatment and reuse: wetland microbial fuel cell and sand filtration system for the on-site treatment and recycling of handwashing greywater’. The student took home R30 000 and earned the opportunity to present at GBCSA Conference 2019.

Second place: North West University (NWU) student Eben Schutte with the submission ‘Investigating the suitability of electromagnetic water flow meters in a residential context’. Dr Henri Marais and Dr Leenta Grobler supervised the team. The student won R15 000 as well as GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

Third place: The Stellenbosch University (SUN) team of Marchant van den Heever and Frederick Albrecht Bester, supervised by Prof GPAG Van Zijl, with their ‘3D printed concrete’ submission. The team won R10 000 and GBCSA Convention 2019 tickets.

“We’re excited to see the interest in this programme growing and that it is creating more awareness and solutions for global climate challenge,” says Werner van Antwerpen, corporate finance, Growthpoint Properties.

Dorah Modise, GBCSA CEO, says, “Greenovate has, over the years, provided a platform for students to deal with real-life green building research projects and solutions. The amazing energy these students display is inspiring and encourages us all to do more. The green building movement is in desperate need of vibrant young minds to take us to greater heights, and this is where it all begins.”

From left are: Mitesh Bhawan, Growthpoint Properties sustainability and utilities head; Greenovate 2018 Engineering Award winner Chloe Bolton; and GBCSA executive director Manfred Braune. Image credit: Growthpoint Properties

From left are: Mitesh Bhawan, Growthpoint Properties sustainability and utilities head; Greenovate 2018 Engineering Award winner Chloe Bolton; and GBCSA executive director Manfred Braune. Image credit: Growthpoint Properties

The judges and sponsors

Greenovate Property Awards judging panel

  • Dorah Modise, CEO, GBCSA
  • Brian Wilkinson, chair, HouseME
  • Mitesh Bhawan, sustainability and utilities head, Growthpoint Properties
  • Marloes Reinink, partner, Solid Green Consulting
  • Martin Smith, technical director – buildings, Aurecon
  • Nkuli Bogopa, CEO, Broll Property Group

Greenovate Engineering Awards judging panel

  • Mauritz Kruger, DHV architect – principal specialist, Royal Haskoning
  • Manfred Braune, executive director, GBCSA
  • Werner van Antwerpen, corporate finance, Growthpoint Properties
  • Mike Aldous, associate – green building and sustainability services, Mott MacDonald
  • Yogesh Gooljar, building performance engineer, PJ Carew Consulting

Greenovate Award sponsors 2018

  • Growthpoint Properties
  • Green Building Council South Africa
  • RMS Remote Metering Services
  • Royal Haskoning DHV