The latest five-star Green Star certification has been awarded to Vopak South Africa Developments (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between Royal Vopak and Reatile Resources (hereafter referred to as VSAD). They are jointly undertaking the development of a bulk fuel storage facility known as the VSAD Lesedi Terminal in Heidelberg, Gauteng.
VSAD targeted a five-star Green Star South Africa excellence certification for the office building on the larger site at their Lesedi Terminal. They have subsequently achieved a total score of 69 points for the building, which comprises an office floor area of 1 355m².
The certification is the second highest rating awarded in accordance with Green Star SA’s tools for the certification of buildings, based on the following levels of achievement:
• Four-star Green Star SA certification – best practice.
• Five-star Green Star SA certification – South African excellence.
• Six-star Green Star SA certification – world leadership.
VSAD’s Lesedi Terminal’s certification of the five-star Green Star SA Certification for South African excellence was based on several criteria, with the main sustainable building features being recognised as:
• A recycling waste storage area has been provided for the recycling, storage and sorting of operational waste.
• A mixed-mode ventilation system that includes the use of natural ventilation when the outside air condition is favourable.
• Almost 92% of all useable areas have access to external views.
• Energy uses of 100kVA or higher, and all major water uses are sub-metered and controlled via BMS.
• Paints, adhesives and sealants, and carpets with low or no volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde minimisation.
• Efficient lighting: Average lux levels of approximately 400 lux and lighting power densities of less than 1,5W/m² per 100 lux for the usable area.
• A photovoltaic system with a minimum capacity of 140kWp installed on the roof.
• Two electrical vehicle charging bays installed in preferred bays.
• A blackwater treatment system included, with greywater being re-used for toilet flushing.
• 100% of the building facade is designed for disassembly.
Lisa Reynolds, chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of South Africa, comments: “We would like to congratulate the team from VSAD for their determination to ensure that they complete a project in accordance with the criteria for South African excellence. They are a worthy example of dedication to our country’s sustainability targets.”
For more information on this and other projects, visit www.gbcsa.org.za.
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