The GBCSA has awarded a four-star Green Star SA rating to Virgin Active for its Alice Lane Health Club’s interior.
The Virgin Active Alice Lane Health Club became the first commercial health club in the Southern Hemisphere and on the African continent to achieve an interiors score after being awarded a four-star Green Star SA rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Contributing to this achievement, the club relies on a 100% recovery chiller for heating its hot water and an air-handling unit fitted with variable speed drives controlled by CO₂ sensors. Backwash from the pools is used for flushing the toilets. These interventions are further supported by comprehensive green cleaning policies and procedures.
What’s more, the club also has screens at its reception displaying information about energy consumption and sophisticated water usage monitoring tools to reduce wastage.
Herman de Beer, property director of Virgin Active South Africa, comments that this rating adds substance to the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. “Our clubs are all about good health and our members are entitled to expect that we will contribute to the health of the planet in every possible way,” he says.
The interiors tool
The interiors rating tool gives the opportunity for building owners and tenants to have their green spaces certified according to the GBCSA’s Green Star standards. The tool rewards high-performance interiors that are healthy, productive places in which to work, are less costly to operate and maintain, and have a reduced environmental footprint.
“The GBCSA is thrilled to have its first gym certified under Green Star SA,” says Brian Wilkinson, chief executive officer of the GBCSA. “It is a fantastic illustration of how we can provide environments where people can work, play and have fun in green, healthy, productive spaces. I would also like to commend the efforts of the project team and Virgin Active for embracing the challenge of this stringent process of Green Star SA.”
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– A 100% recovery chiller to heat the club’s hot water.
– Backwash from pools is used in the toilets.
– An air-handling unit fitted with variable speed drives controlled by CO₂ sensors.
– Comprehensive green cleaning policies and procedures.
– Screens displaying information about energy consumption and water usage monitoring tools to reduce wastage.