21 October 2011 - The Shepstone & Wylie office development situated in the prestigious Ridgeside Office Park in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, is the new head office for this highly respected firm of attorneys and has already been awarded a Four Star Green Star SA – ‘Office Design’ accreditation by the Green Building Council of South Africa.
The building is now also the first building in KwaZulu-Natal to have achieved a GreenStar SA – ‘As Built’ rating and only the second in the country.
In order to achieve this rating, the building had to be designed and built in line with strict requirements that ensure its ongoing environmental, social and economic sustainability. The building is in keeping with the design principles of creating an innovative and environmentally sustainable design – contributing towards establishing a business park of excellence and distinction.
Aurecon was appointed as the green building consultant and mechanical engineer and worked closely with the architect to design a sustainable building envelope. The integration of Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) concepts, from the inception of a project, through to design, construction, operation and ultimately decommissioning, offer an opportunity to demonstrate whole-life benefits for users of a facility and the wider community. Aurecon’s holistic approach to buildings facilitates the integration of sustainable development, civil and mechanical engineering, building planning and more efficient design to produce better buildings.
The building features a variety of ecology-conscious considerations, including the built form, waste recycling, the efficient use and recycling of water, irrigation and energy management. Natural lighting and views were key elements in the design of the building and this was achieved by capitalising on the orientation of the site and the magnificent uninterrupted sea views. Coupled with using the principles of environmentally sustainable architecture, this allowed the professional team to create a high quality, functional and healthy working environment.
Other green measures incorporated in the design include:
“An energy efficient building which promotes a healthy working environment has been created in the finished product of the Shepstone & Wylie building. It also has a minimal impact on the surrounding biophysical environment,” Aurecon Project Manager, Richard Humphrey, commented.
The professional team on the project included Ridgeside Office Park Portion 8 (Pty) Ltd (developer), Maponya Developments (project managers), Archi Angels Architects (architects), GOBA (structural engineers) and Aurecon (green building consultants, HVAC, electrical and wet services).