Green Star SA rating system on the way
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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