A testament to its commitment and ongoing contributions to green building, WSP in Africa has achieved a milestone of one million square metres of certified green space in Africa.
The multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy has played an active role in 50 Green Star rating certifications for 33 buildings in South Africa, and WSP teams continue to work with the Green Building Councils within Africa – consulting on expansions for a number of the Green Star rating tools used in South Africa, and undertaking studies to ensure the rating tools can be appropriately adjusted to fit within the local context conditions of other regions.

Some of the prominent projects that contribute to the one million square metres of certified Green Star space include:
•    Nedbank Phase II in Sandton – the first Green Star rated building in South Africa.
•    Menlyn Maine Central Square in Pretoria – the first Green Star SA Custom Mixed-use rating.
•    FNB Namibia Holdings’ @Parkside building in Windhoek – the first four-star Green Star Africa Design rating, as well as a five-star Green Star Africa As Built rating, making it the first five-star rated building in Namibia and Africa, outside of South Africa.
•    Nobelia Office Tower in Kigali – WSP consulted on the development of the rating standards, which first had to be established for a Green Star rating to be possible in Rwanda. The building achieved a six-star Green Star Africa rating, making it the first in Rwanda and on the continent outside of South Africa.
•    The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) new Council Chamber in Johannesburg – the first municipal building in South Africa to be rated under the Public and Education Buildings Design tool with a five-star Green Star SA rating.
•    Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre (SSIC) in Midrand – the first building in South Africa to achieve a six-star Green Star Design rating in 2011, and in 2017 the building achieved two Net Zero certifications for carbon and ecology.

Alison Groves, regional director of WSP Building Services Africa, notes that as the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) introduces more rating tools, the uptake for green buildings is sky-rocketing. “The green building uptake can also be seen throughout Africa, where, to date, Green Building Councils have been established in Namibia, Zambia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana,” she says.

New projects
WSP teams are also working on a number of exciting projects currently, including Rosebank Towers that achieved a four-star Green Star SA Design and As Built rating, Rosebank Link that is targeting a four-star Green Star As Built rating, as well as Education Buildings, a corporate office campus in Waterfall, and The MARC, a state-of-the-art mixed-use development in Sandton. Each of these developments will further contribute to the continuation of green-certified urban spaces on the continent.

Thanks and acknowledgement are given to WSP for the information provided.

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Batho Pele House in Tshwane achieved a Four Star Green Star SA As Built rating.
Courtesy of WSP

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