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SA's ‘greenest’ office building is declared officially 'open'

Cape Town offices goes green

01 September 2011 - Aurecon’s office building in Century City, Cape Town, 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) and was declared ‘officially open’ today when Executive Chairman of the GBCSA, Bruce Kerswill, presented Aurecon with an official 5 Star Green Star SA building plaque.

Kerswill says that green building is an essential response to the increasing scarcity and expense of energy and resources globally – so it “future-proofs” a building. “Green Star SA is an objective assessment of how green a building is – and a 5-Star Green Star SA rating sets the bar high! Rabie and Aurecon should be applauded for achieving the highest rating to date, in a very attractive and commercially viable building. There is no doubt that, both as investors and as tenants, they will reap the economic benefits in the years to come.”

Albert Geldenhuys, Aurecon’s Managing Director: South Africa, commented that the rating reiterates, substantiates and clearly demonstrates Aurecon’s commitment to ensuring that they design and execute sustainable and environmentally responsible infrastructure projects, and that their our own buildings and facilities have been built in a sustainable manner. 

Colin Anderson, a director of Rabie Property Group, which developed the building at a cost of around R130million, said while they had included numerous green building principles in some of their other recent developments, sharing a common vision with Aurecon had allowed them to develop a truly green building for the first time and to achieve the 5 Star rating.

“But it won’t be our last green building. We strongly believe that this is the way of the future. In fact a number of other large corporates looking to relocate to Century City have been inspired about what we have achieved with the Aurecon building and are very keen to also go the green route in their planned developments.”

The building is expected to yield a positive return on investment, with Jacques Kotzé, Aurecon’s Head of Facilities and Procurement, commenting that “Aurecon’s aim to achieve ‘greener’ building practices at our own facilities aligns with our global strategy to ‘Continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of our business operations’. Our culture of continuous improvement extends to our facilities. Making these more sustainable and environmentally friendly doesn’t only result in a positive return on investment, but also contributes to building our great brand.”

Hannes Kritzinger, Aurecon’s Office Manager, Cape Town, adds that the decision to pursue a Green Star SA rating was not only one that made business sense, but also one that fulfils the group’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint: “Profit aside, it’s the right thing to do for our planet,” he commented. 

The GBCSA will present an award for achieving the first 5 star certified building to Aurecon and Rabie at their annual Convention in October.

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