Green Star SA rat­ing sys­tem on the way

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE RACE is on – which will be the first Green Star SA-rated build­ing in South Africa?

The Green Build­ing Coun­cil of South Africa (GBCSA), af­ter launch­ing the first tool in the Green Star SA green build­ing rat­ing sys­tem toolset, Green Star SA Of­fice v1, last Novem­ber, has had applications re­lat­ing to sev­eral build­ings so far.

Green Star SA is a vol­un­tary green build­ing rat­ing sys­tem un­der which de­vel­op­ers may ap­ply to have their projects rated and cer­ti­fied by the coun­cil.

There has been huge de­mand from the South African prop­erty in­dus­try for guid­ance and stan­dards on how to build greener and more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings – and the rat­ing sys­tem pro­vides just that.

“A num­ber of projects are work­ing to­wards the Green Star SA stan­dards and bench­marks, and five projects have for mally re gis­tered with the GBCSA for a Green Star SA Of­fice v1 rat­ing,” says Bruce Ker­swill, the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man.

The first reg­is­tra­tions re­ceived in­clude a num­ber of build­ings in the Men­lyn Maine precinct in Tsh­wane. The Bartholomew, Pe­ga­sus and Fal­con build­ings are of­fice de­vel­op­ments rang­ing in size from 6 000m to 15 000m2, and tar­get­ing Green Star SA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Com­ple­tion of th­ese build­ings is ex­pected in late 2010 and 2011.

The Ned­bank Phase II build­ing in Sand­ton is ar­chi­tec­turally sim­i­lar to the Ned­bank Phase I build­ing, and has also been gov­erned by en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able prin­ci­ples as it would like to achieve one of the first Green Star SA of­fice de­sign rat­ings. This of­fice build­ing is set for com­ple­tion this year.

The only Dur­ban de­vel­op­ment to reg­is­ter for a Green Star SA of­fice v1 rat­ing is the Lin­coln on the Lake deve l o pment owned by Growth­point.

Lo­cated in Umh­langa Ridge and set for com­ple­tion in 2009, Lin­coln on the Lake will be a five-storey of­fice block with lim­ited re­tail space.

“The of­fice rat­ing tool can be used to as­sess the en­vi­ron­men­tal at­tributes of new com­mer­cial of­fice build­ings, as well as ma­jor re­fur­bish­ments of ex­ist­ing of­fice fa­cil­i­ties across South Africa,” says Ker- swill. “It can be used at the de­sign phase (de­sign rat­ing), or on build­ing com­ple­tion or post-construction phase (a built rat­ing).

“The Green Star SA tool is de­signed for use by own­ers, de­ve­l­ope r s and c on­sul­tants ( ar­chit e c t s, en­gi­neers, quan­tity sur­vey­ors, project man­agers, build­ing con­trac­tors and so on) to in­flu­ence the de­sign of of­fice fa­cil­i­ties. The tool en­ables prop­erty pro­fes­sion­als to min­imise the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of their de­vel­op­ments, and to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for their de­sign ini­tia­tives.”

Ker­swill says the ob­jec­tives of the Green Star SA rat­ing tools are to pro­vide an ob­jec­tive frame­work and stan­dards for the mea­sure­ment of green build­ing; to es­tab­lish a com­mon lan­guage and act as a guide to build­ing green; and to recog­nise en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship.

In do­ing this, Green Star SA will pro­mote in­te­grated, whole-build­ing de­sign, raise aware­ness of green build­ing ben­e­fits, and re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of de­vel­op­ment.

Ni­cola Dou­glas, the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, says the Green Star SA tool is based on the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of Aus­tralia’s Green Star tools and has been cus­tomised for South African con­di­tions. The coun­cil is al­ready work­ing on its sec­ond tool, Green Star SA for re­tail cen­tres, which it hopes to launch in pi­lot form at its an­nual con­ven­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion in Cape Town in Oc­to­ber.

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