Govt's first six star green building named

Pretoria - The new Department of Environmental Affairs head office in Pretoria has become the first government building to receive a six star Green Star rating.

It was awarded a 6 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

Officials said the building also achieved the highest score for a large commercial office space of this magnitude awarded by the GBCSA to date.

“The DEA has taken the lead, and is demonstrating commitment to market transformation in the built environment in South Africa. This is an exceptional illustration of the public and the private sector working together to deliver an outstanding example of green building,” said GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson.

The Green Star SA ‘design’ rating objectively assesses how ‘green’ the building plan is, with all the green initiatives included. It considers categories including management; indoor environmental quality (IEQ); energy; transport; water; materials; land use and ecology; emissions; and innovation. –