Green Building Automation – ideas from World Cup 2010
By Bradley Hemphill, EES
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Energy Efficiency Made Simple Vol III: Energy and enviroFiciency
November 2012 Chapter 3: Pages 37 - 43
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|Greenpoint Spccer Stadium, Cape Town
This case study – based on projects undertaken for the Soccer World Cup held in South Africa in 2010 - illustrates how various convergence ‘Information and Communication Technologies’ (ICT) principles and engineering design principles aim to combat the challenges regarding sustainability in each of the following projects:
- Cape Town Stadium
- Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
- Cape Town International AirportKing
- Shaka International Airport
- Gautrain Sandton Station
Effective ICT implementation enables efficient management of the building’s inter-dependent systems, resulting in the creation of a more efficient, cost-effective and smart building. A Master Systems Integrator (MSI) is recommended to implement the design.
Sustainability should be a key focus area for developers and other stakeholders. ICT can be a significant enabler in achieving sustainability.
- Of key importance to all five World Cup 2010 projects was the need to transform to a greener built environment.
- A green building is one constructed in such a way that it mitigates ongoing negative environmental impact.
- To understand sustainability of new buildings, one has to understand the threats to sustainability.