Technology in Green Buildings: Balancing High Tech & Low Tech
Director for Environmental Sustainability at the University of Cape Town
Manfred Braune currently holds the position of Director: Environmental Sustainability at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he leads the strategy and implementation of environmental sustainability across all spheres of the university since early 2019. He also serves as a non-executive director of GBCSA in a voluntary role since August 2020. Manfred’s background is as a professional engineer, having worked at WSP Group for over 10 years as a consulting engineer, where he then started and led WSP’s green building business for 3 years and then worked for the GBCSA for 10 years directing all technical and training related matters.
Technology in Green Buildings: Balancing High Tech amp; Low Tech
This presentation will take a look at the critical role that technology plays in green buildings and the balance between having too much or too little technology to make the building systems more efficient. Green buildings are typically designed by highly qualified people who apply their extensive knowledge and software tools to come up with the most efficient designs. Often these same buildings are not always built or operated by people who are equally qualified, thus the buildings do not always perform at the desired level of efficiency. The presentation will deliberate on this challenge from the presenter’s African and global experience, to help explore what a suitable balance might be.