The Greenhouse Effect S01 E01 - Water
Humankind faces a major water crisis in its immediate future and the construction industry is one of the most wasteful contributors to this problem. Rob travels to Johannesburg to discover the stories behind WWF-SA Braamfontein and House Jones, two buildings that pose new solutions to the problem.
The Greenhouse Effect S01 E02 - Biodiversity
In the last 50 years, our restless consumption has driven nearly 51% of the planets biodiversity to extinction and the built environment has been one of the largest culprits. Rob travels to Cavalli Estate, a working wine estate, and Hotel Verde, Africa’s Greenest Hotel, to explore two sustainable buildings in the Western Cape that are encouraging a thriving ecological landscape.
The Greenhouse Effect S01 E03 - IEQ
Traditionally, the things that keep us comfortable in our built environments, like air conditioning and lighting, are some of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. Rob visits 78 Corlette and 1 Discovery Place, two offices in urban Johannesburg that have created an indoor environment that benefits their employees without contributing towards climate change.
The Greenhouse Effect S01 E04 - Socio-Economic
Sustainable buildings aren’t just about easing the load on the natural environment, but also about improving the circumstances of human society. Rob visits the Environment House in Tshwane and the Manenburg Human Settlements Centre to discover how sustainable structures can improve the lives of the communities they serve.
The Greenhouse Effect S01 E05 - Energy
We may think of energy as an infinite resource, but our reliance on fossil fuels has not only contributed to the warming of the planet, but is a limited resource that will one day run out. Rob visits the Silo Complex in Cape Town, and the Vodafone Innovation Centre in Midrand to learn how new, innovative technologies could change our reliance on fossil fuels in our future.
The Greenhouse Effect S01 E06 - Materials
Materials like concrete and steel are some of the most common building materials in the world. Unfortunately, they are also the least environmentally responsible. Rob visits a student residence at the University of Stellenbosch and the Witklipfontein Eco-Lodge in the African bush to discover how new building materials are leading the sustainability revolution.