Aurecon Group, Cape Town, South Africa
Aurecon’s office building achieves first 5 Star Green Star SA Rating in South Africa
21 July 2011 - Aurecon’s office building in Century City, Cape Town, which is nearing completion, is the first building in South Africa to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Developed by the Rabie Property Group at a cost of around R130million, the 7 000 square metre office block is also the first building in Cape Town and only the fifth country-wide to achieve Green Star accreditation from the GBCSA. The four other buildings all achieved a 4 Star rating.
The new building will serve as the new regional offices for global engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon who were responsible for the design of all the engineering services on the project and also the Green Star Rating application, with documentation assistance from PJCarew Consulting.
Rabie director Colin Anderson, who was responsible for the development, says they were ecstatic with the achievement which was “doubly amazing given that we had to complete the building within a normal commercial budget”.
“Our success is due to the commitment, hard work and effort put into this project by the entire team and we thank them all for their valued contributions,” he said.
A picture of Aurecon's Cape Town office buildingAlbert Geldenhuys, Aurecon’s Managing Director: South Africa, said that: “Increasingly, it has become important to demonstrate that our own buildings and facilities have been built in a sustainable manner. The group is committed to ensuring that we design and execute sustainable and environmentally responsible infrastructure projects and we have ensured that our teams include suitably trained and registered professionals, including environmentalists and Green Star SA Accredited Professionals.”
Announcing the 5 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating today, Bruce Kerswill, Executive Chairman of the GBCSA, said: “The GBCSA is thrilled that South Africa has its first 5 star certified building and that Cape Town is on the Green Star SA map. We wish to congratulate Aurecon and Rabie on their commitment in achieving this and we will be presenting the award at our annual Convention in October this year”.
Anderson said the 5 Star Rating had been achieved for the design of the building.
“However, as the building has been built to design there is no reason stopping us from also applying for an As Built Green Rating from the GBCSA. Only one other building in the country has so far achieved a Green Star rating in two categories and this was the Nedbank building in Johannesburg which achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 and a 4 Star Green Star SA – As Built v 1,” he said. Aurecon fulfilled the role of mechanical engineer and carried out specialist modeling for the green star submission for this project.
Article by Aurecon Group | 21 July 2011