http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.92Change: 0.12
R/$ = 11.01Change: 0.03
Au 1242.07 $/ozChange: -2.67
Pt 1265.50 $/ozChange: -4.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 03, 2012

First Green Star certification for refurbished building

Back
Africa|Components|Concrete|Green Star SA|Lighting|PROJECT|Star Green Star SA|System|Waste|Water|Africa|South Africa|Building|Green Building|Green-building|Less Electricity|Manufacturing|Steel|Environmental|Chris Bornman|Waste|Water
Africa|Components|Concrete|Lighting|PROJECT|System|Waste|Water|Africa||Building|Green Building|Green-building|Manufacturing|Steel|Environmental|Waste|Water
africa-company|components|concrete|green-star-sa|lighting|project|star-green-star-sa|system|waste-company|water-company|africa|south-africa|building|green-building-industry-term|green-building-industry-term|less-electricity|manufacturing|steel|environmental|chris-bornman|waste|water
© Reuse this

The Millennia Park office building, in Stellenbosch, has become the first refurbished building in South Africa to achieve 5 Star Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Project manager Bornman & Associates director Chris Bornman explains that achieving a Green Star SA rating on a refurbished building poses an entirely distinct set of challenges, compared with a new building, which can be designed according to green principles from the onset.

“With a refurbishment project, you have to take what you have and work with it. You cannot, for example, change the orientation of the building, which forces one to become more creative to overcome inherent challenges,” he says.

The refurbishment of the 29-year-old building, which was completed in April, was driven by a team of consultants, which included landscape architects, freshwater ecologists, environmental consultants, geohydrological consultants, acoustic consultants and an independent commissioning agent.
Compared with the original building, the refurbished building will consume around 30% less electricity as a result of interventions including efficient lighting, solar water heating and, most importantly, the use of a chilled beam air-conditioning system.
The original steel roof structure was reused in the manufacturing of the new undercover parking structures, with about 70% of all steel on site sourced from the original building.
In addition, more than 80% of the waste generated during the project was not dumped on landfill sites as much of it was reused in the refurbishment process. Crushed stone and concrete from the demolished components of the existing building were used to raise the level of the parking area above the 50-year flood line.
The building is expected to realise water savings of around 79%, compared with the original building, owing to the introduction of grey-water harvesting, rainwater harvesting and the use of waterless urinals. The new landscaping at the office park also reduces water consumption attributable to irrigation by some 50%.
Moreover, the ecological diversity of the site has been improved by 420%, which is due largely to the rehabilita- tion of the existing man-made wetland, as well as the introduction of indigenous and water-efficient plants during land- scaping.

An innovation point under the Green Star SA was also awarded to the project for Remgro’s ongoing participation in the river cleanup of the surrounding area.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
More
 
 
Latest News
Trade union Solidarity warned on Wednesday that ongoing restructuring and retrenchments in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry continued to put employees in the sector under “immense” pressure. This as the union claimed it had received...
Directors of investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) say they are satisfied with the results achieved in the six months ended August 31, during which time the local economic environment continued to battle impediments to growth and national dealer...
In the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has outlined concrete plans to consolidate South Africa’s pubic finances and restore macroeconomic balances. The proposed adjustments – lower than planned spending and increased tax revenues -...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
IAN EVANS AirWatch file synchronisation and sharing system was initially designed for a large airline company
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks