Five new buildings in the V&A Waterfront have been awarded Green Star ratings from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), bringing the total to twelve in the precinct.
1.    No. 5 Silo: Six-star as built rating
Housing offices for PwC and Werkmans Attorneys in the newly opened Silo District, No. 5 Silo, are now one of only four buildings in South Africa to have achieved a six-star as built rating, which recognises buildings that not only incorporate sustainable design principles but can also offer proof that these plans have been constructed in accordance with the original design.

No. 5 Silo is now one of only four buildings in South Africa to have achieved a six-star as built rating. Photo by Adam Letch

2.    Watershed: Six-star existing building performance v1 rating
The Watershed, a unique craft market, was commended for its initiatives to enhance energy efficiency, minimise greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance to improve the overall environmental footprint of the building in operation. More than 55% of the space in the building is dedicated to small businesses, with 234 small businesses employing over 1 000 people in a building that uses low energy and has high occupant satisfaction with regard to thermal and lighting comfort.

3.    No. 6 Silo: Five-star custom hotel design rating
The newly completed No. 6 Silo is home to the new Radisson Red Hotel, overlooking the reimagined Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District. The building consists of a ground-floor reception with event and meeting spaces and a public restaurant. The first floor houses hotel operations, while floors two to eight house guest bedrooms. The gym, lounge bar and pool deck with panoramic views are located at roof level.

4    & 5. West Quay Offices and Granger Bay Court: Four-star existing building performance v1 ratings
The West Quay Offices in Port Road and the Granger Bay Court on Beach Road were recently refurbished to make them more energy efficient and sustainable, allowing the operational performance of the buildings to be enhanced. Both buildings received four-star Green Star ratings.

These five buildings form part of the V&A Waterfront’s ongoing environmental programme to promote green business practices as a strategic focus point throughout the property. The programme has achieved electricity savings of 35%, a 25% reduction in water consumption (using 2009 as a baseline) and 50% waste recycling.

As V&A Waterfront chief executive officer, David Green, points out, No.5 and No.6 Silo’s use the district seawater cooling plant to heat and cool the building with a renewable energy source, allowing energy savings of 65% when compared to other buildings.

By implementing appropriate systems, the V&A Waterfront has reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with operational activities and increased awareness about environmental management among staff, tenants and visitors.

Speaking at a plaque handover ceremony, Manfred Braune, executive director and chief technical officer of the GBCSA, congratulated the V&A Waterfront. “The V&A precinct attests to the power of long-term planning and how everyone can be brought along through gradual changes. It is a beacon of future possibilities.”

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to the V&A Waterfront for the information and images provided.

Caption main image: The Watershed was awarded a six-star existing building performance v1 rating

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