Gold glim­mers on SA Green Stars

Awards for trail­blazer green build­ings and the pro­fes­sion­als who re­alise them triple in 6th year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

SOUTH Africa’s top rated Green Star SA build­ings and lead­ing green b u i l d i n g p r o f e s s i o n a l s were an­nounced in the Green Star SA Lead­er­ship Awards 2015 at the re­cent an­nual green build­ing con­ven­tion in Cape Town.

The an­nual Green Star SA Lead­er­ship Awards, spon­sored by Old Mu­tual Property, has four cat­e­gories. For build­ings, there are the high­est rated build­ing and best qual­ity sub­mis­sion awards, and in­di­vid­ual pro­fes­sion­als are recog­nised as ei­ther ris­ing green stars or es­tab­lished green stars.

Green Build­ing Coun­cil South Africa ( GBCSA) chief ex­ec­u­tive, Brian Wilkin­son, said: “Our con­ven­tion this year aimed to in­spire bet­ter build­ings, and this is ex­actly what our lead­ing build­ing pro­fes­sion­als and projects are achiev­ing. They con­stantly work to­wards de­sign­ing, build­ing and op­er­at­ing bet­ter, greener build­ings that tread lightly on our stressed planet.

Th­ese win­ners are at the fore­front of making a dif­fer­ence in the built en­vi­ron­ment... lead­ing by ex­am­ple in the green­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity space”.

Old Mu­tual Property re­gional man­ager, Faieda Ja­cobs, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and the breadth and qual­ity of en­tries sub­mit­ted is ev­i­dence that many cor­po­rates have started to come on board.

Ho­tel Verde in Cape Town was the win­ner in the high­est rated build­ing cat­e­gory for its ex­ist­ing build­ing per­for­mance (EBP) pi­lot tool rat­ing.

Ho­tel Verde is owned by Mario De­li­cio and An­dre Harms of Eco­lu­tion was the project’s ac­cred­ited pro­fes­sional (AP).

Wilkin­son said this award is given to the project that at­tains the high­est points in the fi­nal rat­ing for the 12 months un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Ho­tel Verde, with its six star Green Star SA EBP rat­ing, show­cases some of the most ad­vanced, en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious tech­no­log­i­cal in­stal­la­tions, con­struc­tion meth­ods, pro­cure­ment and op­er­a­tional prac­tices of any ho­tel in the coun­try,” said Wilkin­son.

Run­ner up in this cat­e­gory, Up­per Grayston Build­ing in Sand­ton Cen­tral, Johannesburg was recog­nised for its six star Green Star SA Of­fice v1 As Built rat­ing. It is owned by Tower Property Fund and its APs were An­nelidé Sher­rat and Mar­loes Reinink of Solid Green.

The best qual­ity sub­mis­sion award was won by Solid Green’s Dash Coville, for his work as the green build­ing AP on the Monte Cir­cle Build­ing A de­vel­op­ment. The de­vel­op­ment re­ceived a four-star Green Star SA Of­fice v1 De­sign rat­ing and achieved a score of 98 per­cent of points tar­geted. Monte Cir­cle is owned by Ab­land.

The run­ner-up in this cat­e­gory was Sally Mis­plon for her work as the green build­ing AP on the Gatehouse Build­ing at Black River Park in Ob­ser­va­tory, Cape Town. The build­ing re­ceived an EBP Green Star SA rat­ing and is owned by Re­de­fine Prop­er­ties.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing out­stand­ing and on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion to green build­ing in South Africa, Alison Groves of WSP was awarded the Es­tab­lished Green Star. Jaco Kemp of Arup was named the run­ner-up in this cat­e­gory.

“We con­sider it very im­por­tant to recog­nise those who have con­tin­u­ally con­trib­uted to the green build­ing econ­omy and, in par­tic­u­lar, through Green Star SA build­ings,” said Wilkin­son.

Mau­ritz Kruger of RHDVH was named this year’s Ris­ing Green Star

‘The fu­ture is

and Nick Gorrie of Agama was the cat­e­gory’s run­ner-up.

“The fu­ture is in­deed bright with pro­fes­sion­als like th­ese work­ing to­gether for a bet­ter built en­v­i­ron- ment,” Wilkin­son said.

In 2009 the GBCSA awarded the coun­try’s first green cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and in April 2014 cel­e­brated 50 Green Star SA rat­ings. Since than, the num­ber of Green Star SA rat­ings has nearly tripled to 140 cer­ti­fied projects.

Wilkin­son said: “The sig­nif­i­cant growth in green build­ing is thanks, in part, to the sup­port of our spon­sors. We have been over­whelmed by the com­mer­cial property sec­tor’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity and re­source ef­fi­ciency”.

EVO­LU­TION VERDE: Aerial view of Ho­tel Verde in Cape Town, the win­ner in the high­est rated build­ing cat­e­gory for its ex­ist­ing build­ing per­for­mance (EBP) pi­lot tool rat­ing.

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