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Official Press Release 18 July 2014 'Business Day Newspaper'
No. 1 silo bags a second 6-star rating
The Green building council of south Africa (GBCSA) has awarded No. 1 Silo at the V&A waterfront in Cape Town the country’s first ever 6-Star Green Star SA As Built rating: the 6-Star Green Star SA – office v1 As Built rating.
This follows the development receiving the Western Cape’s first 6-star Green Star SA rating for design from the GBCSA, and makes it the first development to receive six green stars for both design and completed building. Brian Wilkinson, GBCSA CEO, say: “We’re thrilled to award the maiden 6-Star Green Star SA As Built rating to such a deserving development.
No. 1 silo had a great professional and project team, who worked together to integrate green design into this commercial development. The developers and tenant Allan Gray originally set out for a 4-star rating for the building; then they set their sights on five stars. Later, they realised that with a few more sustainable measures, a 6-Star rating was within reach. That’s what we need – even greater ambition around green building in SA.” According to GBCSA chief technical officer Manfred Braune: “As Built ratings show that developers are following through on the green objectives set out in the design of the buildings.” As built ratings make up only about 15% of the 59 buildings that have been awarded Green Star SA ratings across SA thus far, with most given for design. “No. 1 silo is a world-class building that could easily be found in leading cities, such as New York or London, “says Braune. “The fact that it is in Cape Town is fantastic. It speaks volumes about the commitment of the owners and tenant, and the value they place on green building. “As a commercial development, the developers had to be aware of both budgets and time frames, but still managed to get this impressive 6-Star Green Star SA As Built rating, which is remarkable.” The 18.500m2 office building was designed and built to serve as the new headquarters of blue-chip tenant Allan Gray. No. 1 Silo is developed by the V&A Waterfront, owned in equal parts by Growthpoint Properties and the Government Employees Pension Fund represented by the Public Investment Corporation (SOC) limited. It is designed by Rick Brown Architects and VDMMA, and its green/sustainability consultants were ARUP.