15 September 2011 - Aurecon’s Tshwane offices were declared officially ‘open’ by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, during a celebratory event at the group’s new Lynnwood Bridge Office Park building.
The group believes that part of being the best in industry includes thinking about the most pressing issues their clients face. At the moment, one of these overarching challenges is that of ‘sustainability’, and in line with this, they are committed to playing a leading role in promoting environmentally sustainable development.
In his opening address, the Mayor congratulated the group on the achievement of a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 rating for the building from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). This achievement aligns with the City Of Tshwane’s strategic objective of achieving ‘sustainable communities’ and is the group’s second office building in South Africa to have achieved a Green Star SA rating. What’s more, it is the first office building in Tshwane to receive a Green Star SA rating. Commenting on the rating, Executive Chairman of the GBCSA, Bruce Kerswill, said: “It’s good to see Aurecon leading by example, demonstrating how the SA property industry can move to a more sustainable way of operating. The green features will improve the energy and environmental performance of the building, and will also ‘lock in’ superior long-term performance for them as investors and tenants.”
In partnership with developers and co-owners Atterbury Property, Aurecon’s pursuit of a Green Star SA rating was based on the notion that the green measures undertaken would result in immediate energy and water savings, thus securing a positive return on investment. Coupled to this, recent studies are showing a dramatic increase in productivity among those who work in green buildings due to increased fresh air, more natural light and less toxic materials. Arnie Möhr, Aurecon’s Office Manager, Gauteng, confirms this, commenting that the group’s Tshwane offices are not only an investment in the environment, but also an investment in Aurecon’s staff.
Aurecon’s aim to achieve greener building practices at their own facilities aligns with their global strategy to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of their 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,” concludes Jacques Kotzé, Aurecon’s Head of Facilities and Procurement.