Barloworld Automotive and Logistics Head Office was recently awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Design Rating v1.1. The sculptural, contemporary building is the first to be completed in the mixed-use Irene Link precinct in Centurion.
Energy efficiency that benefits the end user
The 5 860m² building accommodates meeting rooms, a gym, a coffee shop and cyclist facilities for staff and visitors, among other amenities, and is enclosed in a highly transparent envelope that gives access to views over the surrounding urban context.
PW Hattingh, Project Architect at Nsika Architecture & Design, says: “From the inception of the project the design team and developers agreed that this project would try to achieve a high level of energy efficiency that would benefit the end-user. Best practice principles such as effective building envelope design, efficient energy use and good indoor environmental quality were paired with commercially effective design and a viable implementation strategy.”
Resource efficient systems
Because of the recent water interruptions, it was decided from the outset to minimise water use in the building and to provide an effective and safe backup water supply. Dash Coville, Sustainable Building Consultant at Solid Green, explains, “The building makes use of water efficient sanitaryware fittings as well as water-wise landscaping and irrigation to support the water consumption reduction strategy. A rainwater storage and filtration system has also been introduced into the building. The system collects rainwater from the roof and purifies it to a potable level for use throughout the building. These initiatives have led to a major reduction in municipal potable water consumption.”
For more information, contact Solid Green via www.solidgreen.co.za.
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