Rat­ings show shift to green build­ings

Re­cent in­crease in Green Star SA cer­ti­fi­ca­tions high­lights move to sus­tain­able prac­tices

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

JUNE proved a bumper month for green build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tions with a to­tal of six new build­ings re­ceiv­ing Green Star SA rat­ings from the Green Build­ing Coun­cil South Africa (GBCSA).

This surge fur­ther sub­stan­ti­ates that the green build­ing move­ment is rapidly gain­ing ground in South Africa as de­vel­op­ers and progress i ve busi­nesses i ncreas­ingly em­brace sus­tain­able build­ing prac­tices, says GBCSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Wilkin­son.

Th­ese rat­ings take the num­ber of Green Star rated build­ings in South Africa to 36, and in­clude some sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments, for ex­am­ple, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs head of­fice, which scored a 6 Star Green Star SA rat­ing – the high­est rat­ing and a first for a build­ing owned by the national govern­ment.

Hyundai’s new head of­fice in Bed­ford­view, Joburg, is an­other de­vel­op­ment to re­ceive a green star rat­ing. Wilkin­son says it is the first green build­ing rat­ing in SA for this sec­tor, and sig­ni­fies buy-in and com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able prac­tices from this large mo­tor cor­po­ra­tion.

The Hyundai build­ing achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA De­sign rat­ing. It con­sists of two floors of A-grade of­fice space and one base­ment level, and will ac­com­mo­date 200 full-time em­ploy­ees.

An­other no­table rat­ing is that of the 9 000m Chevron pro­ject core build­ing in Cen­tury City, Cape Town, which got a 5 Star Green Star SA De­sign rat­ing. Wilkin­son says this is an in­di­ca­tion of the shift in mind­set to­wards green busi­ness prac­tices from one of the lead­ing re­fin­ers and mar­keters of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts in the coun­try.

The Port­side build­ing in Bree Street, Cape Town, achieved a 5 Star Green Star SA De­sign rat­ing. It is a joint ven­ture be­tween Old Mu­tual and FNB, jointly de­signed by dhk Ar­chi­tects and Louis Karol Ar­chi­tects, and is set to be­come a land­mark on the Fore­shore. The 32-storey build­ing has more than 52 000m² of of­fice space and 1 200m² of re­tail and bank­ing space.

The Lake­side Of­fice Park in Cen­tu­rion, Pre­to­ria – a re­de­vel­op­ment of the Meer­lus build­ing – scored a 4 Star Green Star SA De­sign rat­ing, and re­cently won the SA Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in­no­va­tive ex­cel­lence award for green and in­dus­trial prop­erty de­vel­op­ment.

The of­fice park is op­po­site the Cen­tu­rion Gau­train Sta­tion, with easy ac­cess to the national roads net­work. The build­ing is the first of three to be de­vel­oped in the Lake­side Of­fice Park, and has more than 5 000m of let­table space for ten­ants who want to be close to ma­jor trans­port nodes and other ameni­ties.

Fi­nally for this month, the Ned- bank Men­lyn Maine-Fal­con Build­ing in the Men­lyn Maine precinct in Pre­to­ria achieved a 5 Star Green Star SA “As Built” rat­ing.

“The Men­lyn Maine precinct is en­vis­aged as a live, work, play neigh­bour­hood where the build­ings and ur­ban plan­ning de­sign strongly sub- scribe to en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able prin­ci­ples.

“All build­ings in the precinct will be re­quired to achieve at least a 4 Star Green Star rat­ing. It is the first pro­ject in Africa to be reg­is­tered with the Clin­ton Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive, a strin­gent rat­ing mecha- nism eval­u­at­ing the car­bon neu­tral­ity of a pro­ject,” Wilkin­son says.

“The GBCSA is very en­cour­aged to see this spike in the num­ber of build­ings achiev­ing Green Star SA rat­ings. We are con­fi­dent that the green build­ing move­ment in South Africa will con­tinue this up­ward trend and that we will in­creas­ingly see green build­ing prac­tices be­com­ing the norm. The in­dus­try is em­brac­ing this absolutely nec­es­sary shift to­wards sus­tain­able prac­tices and it is ex­cit­ing to be part of this change.”

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EN­VI­RON­MEN­TALLY FRIENDLY: The Port­side build­ing in Bree Street, Cape Town, achieved a 5 Star Green Star SA De­sign rat­ing.

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