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New interiors tool launched

by Tania Wannenburg
GBCSA Jnl 3 15

A new tool has been launched that will have a far-reaching effect on both offices and homes to sustainably reduce the environmental impact of interior projects.

Continuing its vision to lead the transformation of the South African property sector into an environmentally sustainable industry, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has launched its new Green Star SA Interiors tool – taking green building into the heart of every South African business.

The new Interiors tool, sponsored by both Standard Bank, as main sponsor, and Saint Gobain, as supporting sponsor, encourages tenants to rate the interior fit-outs of their premises. The overall aim of this new rating tool is a reduced impact on the environment by interior projects.

“Our current suite of rating tools focuses largely on the design and construction applied to new buildings and major refurbishments,” explains Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA. “Until now, they’ve had very little consideration for interior fit-outs inside premises. The new Green Star SA Interiors tool is a key rating tool that will make a significant impact, especially on multi-tenant retail and office space.”

Brian goes on to say that the GBCSA is excited to launch this pioneering new tool for South Africa, and believes that it will help transform thousands of offices, shops, restaurants and many other places, in existing and new buildings across the country, into sustainable green spaces.

The Green Star SA Interiors tool is designed to allow each tenancy to have its unique environmental design initiatives fairly and independently benchmarked.

The benefits are far-reaching. Significantly lower building operation and management costs will provide cost savings for both tenants and landlords, and energy-efficient premises would be less affected by soaring energy prices. In addition, with the current national energy crisis, lower energy consumption in green buildings reduces the strain on the power grid.

The Green Star SA Interiors pilot programme has already been a success. Various interior fit-out projects at retailers and offices as well as standalone fit-outs at branches are part of the pilot phase. Version one of the tool is now available for public use.

For more information visit www.gbcsa.org.za

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