Growthpoint Properties Limited celebrates a five-star rating and award with its landmark building, Grundfos.
A landmark building, owned and developed by Growthpoint Properties Limited, Grundfos, recently scooped a Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) five-star Green Star SA Office Design rating, as well as a South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) award. Grundfos has become the first industrial facility in South Africa to receive this five-star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. To be acknowledged by such coveted and prestigious accolades is most definitely a feather in the cap of the world’s largest circulator pump manufacturer, whose “green” ethos is of utmost importance.
The rating and award officially places the Grundfos building amongst 50 other properties in South Africa which have received this level of endorsement. Growthpoint owns seven of these buildings. The Grundfos building now stands proudly amongst the likes of Aurecon, Chevron, Standard Bank and Nedbank projects, to name a few, which are highly regarded as a result. The Grundfos building, however, can proudly say that it is South Africa’s first top-graded, eco-friendly industrial building.
SAPOA’s Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards 2014 were recently held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and saw the Grundfos facility in Meadowbrook, Germiston, honoured with the best entry in the industrial developments category. This 10 000m² state-of-the-art facility seamlessly integrates 3 500m² office space and 6 500m² high-spec warehousing for the group’s South African business. The result is an environmentally-innovative facility which improved productivity and encourages savings in costs. Best of all, the building places as little strain as possible on its environmental surroundings.
To meet the criteria for winning the certification, the building needed some fundamental changes. The existing facility was demolished and all rubble and waste material were removed in a responsible manner, which enabled it to be completely recycled. A new building management system was installed which electronically monitored the control of electricity, fuel and water, as well as managed the building’s carbon dioxide levels. Electrical energy consumption was thus reduced by up to 60%. This in turn reduced lifecycle costs by up to 50%. All new materials used had to comply with the Green Building Council’s specifications as far as possible and include energy-saving technologies for lighting, ventilation and water harvesting purposes. Clearly demarcated areas for paper, cardboard, plastic and metal recycling were also required to be set up. Other forms of environmental awareness initiatives included the building of cycling paths, staff shower facilities and waterless urinals in the men’s cloakrooms.
The Grundfos building made use of other advanced green technology and construction techniques, which were highly appreciated in the rating and award selection process. These included the use of its own solar panels, filtration systems, pumps, state-of-the-art rainwater harvesting systems and a treatment plant fitted with a solar-driven booster pump.
“The winners highlight excellence in design and innovation. They meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s needs, and reflect the cutting edge of design in South Africa and globally,” says Neil Gopal, SAPOA’s chief executive officer.
Jonathan Hamp-Adams, managing director of Grundfos sub-Saharan Africa, couldn’t be more proud. “We realised that we had to be a showcase for green building, and I believe we have achieved this by careful and dedicated planning, and a true understanding of what green buildings should be,” he says. “As a leader in the green industry, we have to demonstrate our own commitment to environmental sustainability and protection,” he adds.
Growthpoint Properties’ industrial division head, Engelbert Binedell, is also thrilled by the award and rating, and said he felt delighted that their strong push in energy-efficiency and green building has achieved this groundbreaking rating.
“Growthpoint is pleased to have furthered Grundfos’s responsible, forward thinking and innovative approach to business,” commented Binedell. From design to construction and operation, sustainable development was a key priority for Growthpoint and Grundfos. Both organisations believe in leading the way in leasable green business space.
Other green features of the Grundfos building include:
• Use of insulation technologies.
• Use of light-penetration glass.
• Focus on low energy lighting and natural shading.
• Flat floors.
• Back-up electricity supply.
• Solar panels.
• Three wind turbines.
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