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
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.


Take note

    • 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.