The green movement in the built environment is spreading like wildfire and in the month of September alone the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) certified three new green buildings in SA under the Green Star SA rating system.
This brings the total number of Green Star SA ratings in SA to nine, with two of these having achieved both Office Design and Office As Built ratings. The month of August also saw the awarding of the first ever 5-Star rating in South Africa, a significant and exciting achievement.
The three latest buildings to achieve their Green Star SA ratings are Aurecon’s Tshwane offices in the Lynnwood Bridge Office Park with a 4 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating; 24 Richefond Circle, situated in the Ridgeside Office Park in Umhlanga with a 4 Star Green Star SA – Office As Built v1 rating and the Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon Building in Tshwane with a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 rating.
2nd Green Star for Richefonde
This is the second Green Star rating for 24 Richefonde Circle, which has also achieved a 4 Star Design rating in late 2010. This is also the second Aurecon office to achieve a rating, with Aurecon’s Cape Town offices at Century City, developed by the Rabie Property Group, having received the first ever 5 Star rating in SA. The Nedbank Falcon Building in Tshwane is also the third Nedbank building in SA to achieve a rating.
‘These innovative buildings set the standard for commercial green buildings and there are many more in the pipeline which have submitted applications for certification under the Green Star SA system,’ says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA.
‘A year ago the GBCSA had issued only one official Green Star SA rating, as opposed to the current figure of nine. The message is clear; SA has reached a tipping point whereby it has become a necessity to develop green commercial buildings and no longer merely a nicety. It is a case of go green or go home, so to speak!’
The other developments rated through the Green Star SA Rating Tools are Nedbank Ridgeside Office Development in Umhlanga Rocks (4 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1); Villa Mall in Pretoria (4 Star Green Star SA – Retail Centre Design v1); Nedbank Phase II in Johannesburg (4 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 and 4 Star Green Star SA – Office As Built v1); and Aurecon’s Century City Office in Cape Town (5 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1).
A significant task
‘It is a significant task for developers to put together a submission – something not done lightly – and the fact that we are seeing such an increase in certified buildings as well as so many submissions coming in, shows that the local property industry is embracing global best practises in green building and following in the footsteps of international trends,’ says Wilkinson.