With global energy demands on the increase, coupled with the depletion of our natural resources and the negative impact of fossil-based energy sources on the environment, the issues of clean, sustainable energy and the importance thereof in economic development and global wellbeing have become a pressing reality world-wide. Energy innovation and the efficient use of energy are two key components of mitigating these challenges. It is for this reason the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was established.
South African Cool Surfaces Association (SACSA)
SANEDI & AAAMSA hosted a delegation from the National Fenestration Rating Council of America, Mr Bipin Shah NFRC Board member and MD of WinBuild Inc and Dr Charlie Curcija, the Deputy Group Leader, Windows and Envelope Materials Environmental Energy Technologies Division from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to facilitate a workshop on thermal simulation of fenestration systems in Midrand during the 24th – 28th February 2014.
AAAMSA’s thermal performance measurement facility – known as the Rotatable Guarded Hot Box (RGHB) administered by the South African Fenestration and Insulation Rating Authority (SAFIERA), is helping the construction industry to meet government mandates to reduce energy usage and thus reducing carbon emission. SAFIERA is the Country representative of the NFRC in South Africa.
Parlimentary Portfolio Committee on Energy Co-generation
Parlimentary Portfolio Committee
On 30 January 2014, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy held a round table discussion on Co-generation and Tri-generation that was attended by the captains of the energy industry and the entire Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. Some of the esteemed attendees included SA’s big industry associations.
While PPC meetings of this nature and calibre are usually held at the Parliamentary Buildings in Cape Town, in an unprecedented move, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was requested to host the discussion in Johannesburg