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South African Cool Surfaces Association (SACSA) Launched

GSEP teams with SANEDI, Energy Department to support cool surfaces in South Africa

Friday, February 28, 2014

South African Cool Surfaces Association (SACSA) Launched

Cool roofs in temperate or tropical climates absorb approximately 80% less sunlight than dark roofs, and keep buildings much closer to ambient temperatures. Photo: NREL.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (AAAMSA), together with the South African Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) initiative, formed the South African Cool Surfaces Association (SACSA) on 6 February 2014 at CMA Conference Centre in Midrand.

Dr. Wolsey Barnard, the Deputy Director General from the Department of Energy representing government and other industry leaders from the private and public sectors, participated in the formation of this new, exciting, groundbreaking association that aims to put cool surface technology on the South African map. 

At this inaugural meeting, chaired by SANEDI CEO Mr. Kadri Nassiep, stakeholders discussed how available innovative cool surface technologies, materials, and interventions, as well as projects that have been successfully implemented elsewhere, can be implemented in South Africa to improve the thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and sustainability of buildings in South Africa. 

AAAMSA will serve as the SACSA administrator, and all organisations and companies present at the meeting will serve on the association’s National Executive Council (NEC). SACSA members will determine the direction this technology will take. The South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) will provide required testing for product compliance, and the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI) will be involved with a training initiative. 

Companies and organisations represented on the NEC include AAAMSA, Arkema, Building Physics SA, Cool Roof SA / Comfort Living Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Department of Energy, DOW Construction Chemicals - DOW Advanced Materials Division, Dickson-Constant DP & Associates, Eskom, Kansai Plascon, National Department of Human Settlements, PEER Africa Western Cape CC, Promech Publishing, South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), SANEDI, Spectrum Element Control, and the University of Pretoria. 

SACSA was officially launched at the Africa Energy Indaba on 18 February 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre.