Alice Lane office building 1
Four-star Green Star South Africa – Office v1 Design Rating
Achieved in February 2013

Project floor areas:
Total gross floor area (GFA): 20 568m2
Total commercial office area: 16 765m2
Car parking area: 18 046m2

This prominent new green building forms part of Abland’s larger R1-billion mixed-use development on Alice Lane, which will comprise three phases. Location to amenities such as public transport and facilities within the building, such as the gym and coffee shops, play a significant role in achieving the Green Star South Africa rating, as this makes transport (with its associated emissions) and access to the building more efficient.

The building boasts green features such as energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems, and is designed in such a way that a maximum amount of natural light is let into the building, as well as affording as many occupants as possible external views from their desks. The building is also located on a brownfield site, and did not require the disturbance of previously unused land for construction.

Department of Environmental Affairs
Six-star Green Star South Africa – office Design Rating v1
Achieved in May 2013

Project floor areas:
Total gross floor area (GFA): 30 654m2
Total commercial office area: 27 422m2
Car parking area: 13 695m2

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is mandated to ensure the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources within the context of sustainable development. In this regard, the DEA is guided both by its constitutional mandate, legislation and relevant international agreements to ensure that all South Africans have a constitutional right to a clean environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being, and that the environment is protected for the benefit of present and future generations. The building reflects these guiding principles through the adoption of high-performance, low-energy technologies, water-saving features, a dedicated renewable energy system through photovoltaic panels and an advanced BMS system. Careful selection of form and fabric contribute to an environment that enhances the occupant experience, while minimising the environmental impact.

No. 2 Silo – V&A Waterfront
Four-star Green Star South Africa – MURT Design v1 Rating
Achieved in June 2013

Project floor areas:
Total gross floor area (GFA): 5 084m2
Total commercial office area: 3 112m2
Car parking area: 1 792m2

No. 2 Silo is a high-end residential development, part of the redevelopment of the Silo area at the V&A Waterfront. There are two distinct buildings linked together. No. 1 Silo is office space, and No. 2 Silo is the residential building. These two buildings stand side by side and are separated by the lift and stair core of No. 2 Silo. There are two levels of basement running under both buildings, which contains parking and plant rooms for both buildings. No. 2 Silo has one level of retail, plus seven levels of residential accommodation above the basement. The building overlooks the V&A Waterfront harbour, as well as the existing historic Silo building, to the south. The building consists of 31 apartments over seven storeys, with a common area on the roof, including a pool, deck and braai area.

Lakeside Office Park Block 3
Four-star Green Star SA Office v1 Design Rating
Achieved in June 2013

Project floor areas:
Total gross floor area (GFA): 6 832m2
Total commercial office area: 6 832m2
Car parking area: 6 754m2

Lakeside Office Park Block 3 constitutes a major refurbishment designed and constructed to achieve a four-star Green Star South Africa Office v1 certification. Located opposite the Gautrain Station in Centurion and with easy access to the national roads network, the building offers over 6 000m2 gross lettable area of Triple A Grade space to tenants seeking proximity to major transport nodes and other amenities. Block 3 is the first of three to be developed in the Lakeside Office Park. The building embodies environmental preservation through the re-use of an existing building structure and incorporates sustainable features such as energy-efficient air-conditioning and lighting, heat pumps, water-saving fixtures, a recycling waste storage facility, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and adhesives, and cyclist facilities. Products that enhance efficiency, including glazing with thermal properties and composite aluminium panels, are used in the construction of the new facades.

No. 1 Silo – V&A Waterfront
Six-star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 Rating
Achieved in February 2013

Project floor areas:
Total gross floor area (GFA): 18 723m2
Total commercial office area: 18 565m2
Car parking area: 13 850m2

The V&A Waterfront’s project brief is to develop an 18 600m² GLA Office Building, with approximately 500m² GLA Retail and 455 car parks extending over two basement levels. The building comprises many sustainable features, some of which are a seawater cooling system, water-efficient fittings and fixtures, a high-performance facade that controls the thermal performance and comfort inside the building, an ICT system that monitors energy and water use, a lighting system that will ensure that lighting is only used when required, and a green roof that contributes to thermal roof insulation and storm-water retention. The project is situated next to the grain silo building, which is heritage protected.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to the Green Building Council of South Africa for the information given to write this article.