Oct 22, 2009
GBCSA launches pilot rating tool for retail developmentsBack
Africa|Building|Business|Design|Environment|PROJECT|Projects|Property Development|System|Testing|transport|Water|WSP|Africa|Energy|Green Building|Green-building|Property Development|Services|Environmental|Infrastructure
The objective of the Green Star SA - Retail Centre rating tool was to assess the environmental attributes of new commercial retail centres, as well as major base building refurbishments of existing retail centre facilities across South Africa.
The GBCSA classified retail centres as centres that included more than one retail business, a common mall area, some common/shared plant and shared building infrastructure among tenancies.
Addressing delegates at the GBCSA Convention in Cape Town on Thursday, GBCSA technical manager Jason Buch said that the tool assigned a Green Star SA rating to the base building and its services on the basis of the design potential of retail centres.
The tool was based on the existing Australian Green Star - Retail Centre Version One Tool.
A panel of 24 experts from the South African building sector were seconded to adapt the Australian rating tool to the local property development sector.
In addition to the 24-member technical working group, WSP Group was contracted by GBCSA to undertake the technical research and to develop the technical details of the local retail centre rating tool.
The tool was similar to the existing Green Star SA Office rating tool, which was launched in November last year in that it assigned a Green Star SA rating to the base building and its services on the basis of design potential and did not examine in-use data or operational management.
The tool was designed to be used by building owners, developers and consultants to influence the design of retail facilities.
Essentially, the tool enabled these stakeholders to lessen the environmental impacts on their developments and to capitalise on, and receive recognition for, their design initiatives.
Similar to Green Star SA Office Version One, the retail centre tool consisted of eight environmental categories, including: energy, indoor environment quality, management, transport, water, materials, land use and ecology, and emissions, as well as an innovations category.
Points were awarded within each of the categories based on the building's potential to lessen its environmental impact in a range of key areas.
Buch told delegates that the retail centre tool had been launched as a pilot project and would be available for public comment until February next year.
He said that the retail centre tool had been launched in pilot form in order to allow for feedback from users and testing of the tool. The final version of the tool would be highly influenced by the amount of feedback received, and users were urged to contribute in order to refine the rating system, said Buch.
Once feedback from the public had been assessed, Buch stated that the official Retail Centre Rating Tool Version One would be launched in April next year.
Only once the Version One Tool was released would projects be able to register and be certified under the Retail Centre Tool.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
To subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
To advertise email email@example.com or click here
Other Construction News
Updated 1 hour 19 minutes ago Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet...
Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Sunday said it had lifted the suspension of SA Express’ Air Operator Certificate (AOC). “This means that the airline may, with immediate effect, resume operating their fleet of 26 aircraft,” said SACAA in a statement.
Updated 3 hours ago US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton begins a two-day tour on Monday through rural, traditionally coal-reliant parts of the eastern Appalachian region where Republican rival Donald Trump's pro-coal, anti-trade message has resonated with...
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...