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Our Green Office

GBCSA’s ‘greener’ office space.

Digmag graphicIn 2013 the GBCSA took up residence at our refurbished green office at the Black River Park (BRP) complex in Observatory, Cape Town.

The open-plan office was designed to accommodate the future growth expected at the council, and embraces the GBCSA’s increasingly flexible, collaborative, and shared approach to office space and the work environment. Staff are also constantly encouraged to use alternative and public transport and not to use their own cars to come to work by having less company-rented parking bays available, than staff employed.

The GBCSA office has also been certified under the Green Star SA Commercial Interiors rating tool, and achieved 4-Star Green Star SA Interiors rating.

The site was chosen because it is a re-used old warehouse building, and BRP prioritises efficiency and recycling. It is close to public transport nodes, as well as having great amenities within the office park, and more within walking distance. BRP has also installed the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic installation in South Africa, which will provides about 1.2 MW of renewable energy.

The professional team involved in the office retrofit did extensive performance modeling to see where interventions could be made to boost green building characteristics, and the final design made significant sustainability improvements. When it came to furniture, products and equipment required for the new office, products meeting sustainability criteria were specified and installed.

As a non-profit, member driven organisation, the GBCSA was committed to achieving the highest green credentials at the lowest cost, and was able to achieve this through sponsorship from their member community and suppliers of sustainable products and services. A total of 38 sponsors came on board in a short space of time to achieve a very ambitious goal.

For more detailed information on the new offices, view our digimag or click here to download a PDF copy. For the project case study detailing the green initiatives employed, click here.

For general information on the benefits of green offices, see the fact sheet issued by the World Green Building Council.

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