Sus­tain­abil­ity is no longer just a trend, but a ne­ces­sity. This is the stan­dard we align to.

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build­ings. The rat­ing en­sures that the orig­i­nal en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ten­tions in the de­sign phase were ad­hered to, and in­cludes en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing of pro­ce­dures on site dur­ing con­struc­tion, as built rat­ings can only be awarded once build­ings have been com­pleted and oc­cu­pied.

“SA has two cer­ti­fied Green Star multi-unit res­i­den­tial projects: No 2 Silo is the first pro­ject to be cer­ti­fied un­der MURT v1 and an­other mul­tiuse res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment has pre­vi­ously been cer­ti­fied un­der the pilot rat­ing scheme,” says GBCSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Wilkin­son.

The GBSA de­vel­oped the Green Star rat­ing sys­tem to pro­vide an ob­jec­tive mea­sure­ment for green build­ings and to recog­nise and re­ward en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship. Sus­tain­able build­ings are de­signed and con­structed ac­cord­ing to high en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, min­imis­ing en­ergy de­mand, re­duc­ing wa­ter con­sump­tion and mak­ing use of ma­te­ri­als with a low im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The aim is to cre­ate health­ier and more pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ments for peo­ple to live and work in.

For the No 1 Silo Green Star rat­ing var­i­ous sus­tain­abil­ity fac­tors were con­sid­ered, such as en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives con­tained in the build­ing plan, man­age­ment, in­door en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity, en­ergy, trans­port, wa­ter, ma­te­ri­als, land use and ecol­ogy and emis­sions and in­no­va­tion.

V& A chief ex­ec­u­tive, David Green, says that sus­tain­abil­ity is bal­anc­ing the hu­man need for nat­u­ral re­sources while pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment so that th­ese needs can be met in the present and for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is no longer just a trend, but a ne­ces­sity. This is the stan­dard we align to. Sus­tain­able build­ing and green­ing prac­tices are at the core of busi­ness prac­tice and past, cur­rent and fu­ture de­vel­op­ments at the V&A Wa­ter­front,” says Green.

“No 2 Silo draws on in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice de­sign to of­fer func­tional cut­ting-edge en­vi­ron­men­tal so­lu­tions. Ex­am­ples in­clude the use of low-en­ergy light­ing and high-per­for­mance glass with ex­cel­lent tem­per­a­ture and acous­tic in­su­la­tion properties. Tim­ber has been sourced from sup­pli­ers that are cer­ti­fied by the For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (FSC). Other en­vi­ron­men­tal in­no­va­tions in­clude the use of sea­wa­ter as a cool­ing agent, a cen­tralised so­larheated hot-wa­ter sys­tem and ex­ter­nal so­lar shad­ing. Wa­ter-ef­fi­cient show­ers, toi­lets and en­ergy and wa­ter-ef­fi­cient kitchen ap­pli­ances, en­ergy sav­ing de­vices and a web­site al­low­ing home­own­ers to track and man­age their wa­ter and en­ergy con­sump­tion, are all in­cluded.”

Other fea­tures in­clude a com­mu­nal rooftop en­ter­tain­ment and re­lax­ation area.

Fa­cil­i­ties com­prise a gas braai area, an ozonated so­lar-heated pool and a water­wise gar­den – all with sea and moun­tain views. As part of the 24/7 ur­ban phi­los­o­phy, No 2 Silo res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment will also of­fer a 24-hour se­cu­rity sys­tem, pri­vate se­cure park­ing for all res­i­dents, and a concierge ser­vice that will at­tend to all man­age­ment and se­cu­rity is­sues.

The seven-storey No 2 Silo res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, on the wa­ter’s edge in Silo Square next to No 1 Silo, will have 31 apart­ments with one or two bed­rooms, rang­ing in size from 70m² to 157m².

Silo Square will em­brace the his­toric land­marks of the for­mer grain el­e­va­tor and silo build­ings, which will be­come the cen­tre­piece of a pub­lic plaza that will in­cor­po­rate pub­lic space and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, says Green.

STATE-OF-THE ART DE­SIGN: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the No 2 Silo at the V&A Wa­ter­front.

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