We were ambitious in our design and vying for a six star rating. We spent a lot of time researching, consulting and experimenting to get the results that would deliver the best environmental outcome for the building.
(PRWEB UK) 30 March 2012
The team that worked on the Vodafone Site Solutions Centre will admit to this – this innovation hub is one of the most ambitious green buildings that they have worked on. With a ground breaking brief and an innovative team on board, it is no wonder that this project is indeed one of Africa’s most environmentally sustainable buildings. The Midrand based building has been awarded the prestigious 6 star Green Star rating.
Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO says, “We are delighted that our building has achieved this accolade. Over the last few years, we have worked hard to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment; it is a core strategic priority for both Vodafone and Vodacom. The Site Solutions Centre, as the hub of our creative thinking around a low-carbon future, will play a critical role in the reduction of carbon emissions across the Group.”
WSP was involved in various design engineering services namely, Structural and Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Wet Services, as well as sustainability consulting, modelling and Green Star submission co-ordination by WSP GREEN by DESIGN.
“We were ambitious in our design and vying for a six star rating. We spent a lot of time researching, consulting and experimenting to get the results that would deliver the best environmental outcome for the building. We have gone out of the box – there’s nothing conventional and traditional about this project. Nobody has done this before in South Africa. Receiving a 6 star rating is a highlight of anyone’s career,” said WSP Green by Design’s Sustainability Consultant, Alison Groves.
Innovative structural solutions were used for the 458m2 GFA or 322m2 usable area of the building. The overall embodied carbon content of the building is reduced by reducing the total amount of concrete used in the building, as well as by using a concrete design mix with exceptionally high cement replacement content.
Even the site location of the building contributed to the project’s good ratings. The project was careful to reduce waste by reusing materials found on site. Other environmental initiatives included relocating trees from the parking lot, creating job opportunities through labour intensive construction activities and selecting materials with low embodied carbon content.
In addition to energy efficiency, water conservation and efficiency was paramount to the design team.
Bruce Kerswill, Executive Chairman of the GBCSA, says that the GBCSA is proud that South Africa has its first 6-star certified building. “6-star Green Star SA is equivalent to World Leadership – meaning that the Vodafone building puts South Africa firmly in line with global best practice in terms of green building – this is a fantastic achievement for Vodacom and Vodafone. Our rating systems are all about recognising excellence in sustainable design. The highest rating, six stars, is reserved for those projects that are truly world class. Vodafone has set a new South African benchmark and we are so proud that this huge international company chose South Africa for the location of their first innovation centre and that they targeted, and achieved, the highest Green Star SA rating possible,” concludes Kerswill.
“Vodacom demonstrated great bravery in embarking on this cutting edge project. The team was amazing and the green star rating is well deserved,“ added Groves.