The Green Building Council of South Africa (GCBSA) has awarded a 5-Star Green Star rating for design, as well as a GCBSA Socio-Economic Category PILOT award for the just completed regional office green building project at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville, Western Cape.
The award recognises the socioeconomic achievements and initiatives of green building projects.
The US$11.8m project has been completed under the supervision of the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.
The construction of the building project offered short-term employment and skills training opportunities for 110 people. Now that the project is complete the building will provide accommodation for 320 staff members of Western Cape Department of Health.
From the time the project kicked-off in January 2015, US$ 5.4m has been spent on procuring services from local contractors.
According to Western Cape government the provision of high-quality facilities for provincial departments is an important step to supporting excellent service delivery. Where possible, the Western Cape government prefers to house its staff in facilities that it owns rather than in leased facilities.
The facility will provide healthier working conditions for occupants use less water and generate less waste.
The Green Building Council SA is a level 2 BEE rated independent, non-profit company that was formed in 2007 to lead the greening of South Africa’s commercial property sector.
They provide the tools, training, knowledge and networks to promote green building practices across the country and build a national movement that will change the way the world is built.
They are one of over 95 members of the World Green Building Council alongside Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Green Building Council SA has developed the Green Star SA rating system and is the official certification body for Green Star SA projects.
They are a dedicated team of industry experts working in collaboration with industry bodies, leaders, government departments and professionals to develop market-based green solutions for the South African property industry.