Aug 03, 2012
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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.
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.
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