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Black River Park - North Park gets 5 Star Green Star Rating

Posted 10/28 by Admin

Black River Park - North Park has been certified as a 5 Star Green Star rated building and is the FIRST existing building in South Africa to be Green Star Rated in accordance with the newly launched Green Star SA Existing Building Performance (EBP) pilot tool by the GBCSA.

Greener buildings are becoming more attractive to both tenants and potential investors, due in large part to their triple-bottom line commitments to not only profit and social sustainability, but environmental sustainability, ie they consider profits, people and planet.

Black River Park has been committed to sustainability from the original development in the late 90’s and our Green Star Rating is not a once off process but an ongoing commitment from the landlord to work alongside tenants to ensure Black River Park remains at the forefront of sustainable real estate.

Our Management Team, again with Misplon Green Building Consulting are in the process of preparing the Green Star application for the South and Central Park which we expect to be finalised by the end of 2014.

Some of the green initiatives that have been undertaken to secure the EBP certification include:

  • The installation of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rooftop Photo Voltaic System which produces electric power from sunlight. This 1.2MW system is being used to supplement and reduce the electrical load from the City’s electrical grid. It produces around 1.9GWh of electricity per year, enough to power over 1000 average-sized houses. This equates to between 20-30% of total amount of energy used in the Park, and reduces the peak demand by around 18%. It is also the first commercial project to be allowed to feed back into the grid and be remunerated for it.
  • Energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout common areas of building and is currently being rolled out into tenant’s premises through a joint financing initiative.
  • Ecologically friendly gardens, including a vegetable garden and fruit orchard, are maintained with borehole water pumped on site. Recycling of all garden waste is also done onsite to create mulch.
  • The park engaged with a new recycling focused waste contractor in order to reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfill and improve recycling. This is aided by the procurement and placement of recycling bins around the park to encourage sorting of waste from the source and minimising contamination.
  • Indoor air quality was a major focus with temperature, humidity, CO and CO2 tests being undertaken. This was done in conjunction with natural and artificial lighting tests.
  • Shopfronts with performance glass dominate the buildings’ façade in order to maximize views to outdoors for building users. This visual connection to the external environment in combination with floor to ceiling heights in excess of 3.5 meters, has the benefit of reducing eyestrain for the building occupants and contributes to a better working environment.
  • Cycling and shower facilities were made available to tenants in the park’s Crossfit Gym, to encourage alternative modes of transport and a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Education and raising awareness of greening initiatives through talks, interviews and presentations. Publication of this Building User’s Guide which includes procurement and purchasing of paints, carpets, adhesives and sealants for maintenance and fitout work.
  • Standard cleaning consumables have been exchanged with an environmentally friendly range of cleaning products and equipment
  • Implementation of a storm water management plan to recognise site related practices which limit the disruption of natural hydrology, minimise pollution and site deterioration.
  • Development of a hard services management plan to encourage environmentally sensitive hard services maintenance practices that reduce the environmental impact and improve ecology value.

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Black River Park - North Park gets 5 Star Green Star Rating

Posted 10/28 by Admin

Black River Park - North Park has been certified as a 5 Star Green Star rated building and is the FIRST existing building in South Africa to be Green Star Rated in accordance with the newly launched Green Star SA Existing Building Performance (EBP) pilot tool by the GBCSA.

Greener buildings are becoming more attractive to both tenants and potential investors, due in large part to their triple-bottom line commitments to not only profit and social sustainability, but environmental sustainability, ie they consider profits, people and planet.

Black River Park has been committed to sustainability from the original development in the late 90’s and our Green Star Rating is not a once off process but an ongoing commitment from the landlord to work alongside tenants to ensure Black River Park remains at the forefront of sustainable real estate.

Our Management Team, again with Misplon Green Building Consulting are in the process of preparing the Green Star application for the South and Central Park which we expect to be finalised by the end of 2014.

Some of the green initiatives that have been undertaken to secure the EBP certification include:

  • The installation of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rooftop Photo Voltaic System which produces electric power from sunlight. This 1.2MW system is being used to supplement and reduce the electrical load from the City’s electrical grid. It produces around 1.9GWh of electricity per year, enough to power over 1000 average-sized houses. This equates to between 20-30% of total amount of energy used in the Park, and reduces the peak demand by around 18%. It is also the first commercial project to be allowed to feed back into the grid and be remunerated for it.
  • Energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout common areas of building and is currently being rolled out into tenant’s premises through a joint financing initiative.
  • Ecologically friendly gardens, including a vegetable garden and fruit orchard, are maintained with borehole water pumped on site. Recycling of all garden waste is also done onsite to create mulch.
  • The park engaged with a new recycling focused waste contractor in order to reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfill and improve recycling. This is aided by the procurement and placement of recycling bins around the park to encourage sorting of waste from the source and minimising contamination.
  • Indoor air quality was a major focus with temperature, humidity, CO and CO2 tests being undertaken. This was done in conjunction with natural and artificial lighting tests.
  • Shopfronts with performance glass dominate the buildings’ façade in order to maximize views to outdoors for building users. This visual connection to the external environment in combination with floor to ceiling heights in excess of 3.5 meters, has the benefit of reducing eyestrain for the building occupants and contributes to a better working environment.
  • Cycling and shower facilities were made available to tenants in the park’s Crossfit Gym, to encourage alternative modes of transport and a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Education and raising awareness of greening initiatives through talks, interviews and presentations. Publication of this Building User’s Guide which includes procurement and purchasing of paints, carpets, adhesives and sealants for maintenance and fitout work.
  • Standard cleaning consumables have been exchanged with an environmentally friendly range of cleaning products and equipment
  • Implementation of a storm water management plan to recognise site related practices which limit the disruption of natural hydrology, minimise pollution and site deterioration.
  • Development of a hard services management plan to encourage environmentally sensitive hard services maintenance practices that reduce the environmental impact and improve ecology value.

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