The Green Building Council South Africa opens the doors to its new Johannesburg office, with help from its sponsors
On Tuesday the 8th of May the GBCSA held a launch event at their new Johannesburg offices, Rosebank Corner, 191 Jan Smuts Avenue. This by-invitation-only event was an opportunity for GBCSA’s guests and sponsors to see and experience for themselves why we say that our offices are physical expressions of our purpose, values and principles.
Gauteng is South Africa’s economic powerhouse and to ensure sustainability, the GBCSA is growing its presence within the province. Since its inception in 2016, the GBCSA’s Gauteng office was located in Braamfontein and the move to Rosebank signals a decision to occupy a space which is tailored to the needs of its members, stakeholders and staff. GBCSA’s Cape Town office continues to work from their similarly tailored, Green Star certified offices at Black River Office Park in Observatory. Teams in both cities work together to serve members and drive the green building agenda in Africa.
The GBCSA exists for and on behalf of its members and it is through a number of our members that the office is such a green gem. Firstly we would like to thank Redefine for entering into a lease agreement with GBCSA at extremely competitive rates and for including a commitment to target Existing Building Performance Certification for the building thus growing their already substantial portfolio of Green Star certified buildings. We thank Moso Africa for contributing their sustainable and CO2-neutral solid bamboo boards and panels for worktops and components for the coffee station, Scan Retail for sponsoring the micro Tension Fabric System (TFS) sponsorship board. The TFS (Or Tension Fabric System) is easy to install and can be freestanding, wall mounted or suspended from the ceiling. Terramanzi Group, in collaboration with Ecocentric, for providing Green Star Accredited Professional services guiding the project from concept to target a Green Star Interiors certification thus ensuring that GBCSA continues to walk it’s talk. Architects TC RPv Architects for their Dynamic Workspace Solutions incorporating Architectural, Interior Design, Space Planning and Project Management services delivering a project which meets the GBCSA’s brief against extremely tight deadlines.
We thank Execuflora for the design, installation and maintenance of indoor plants. Spoormaker and Partners for providing HVAC design and specifi-cation services to meet the required improvements in energy consumption and indoor environment quality of the Green Star Interiors rating. Linked to this we thank LG Electronics for sponsoring our remarkable LG Air Conditioning Multi V 5 Heat Recovery System, and keeping us cool through the summer season. For more follow them on @LGSouthAfrica, Aurora for sponsoring the energy efficient interior luminaires, 600 x 600 flat LED panels, recessed LED down lights and recessed GU10 LED luminaires. Video Conferencing equipment which allows GBCSA to connect between Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as with members and stakeholders thus reducing high emission travel, is supplied by Proactive Videoconferencing Solutions.
Thanks to Woodcreations for providing cupboards and lockers for our office. Ergotherapy for supplying us with all our operator chairs and pro-viding complete comfort to our GBCSA Johannesburg staff. Chapter Interiors for providing us with their professional interiors consulting and product sourcing service. ISS Projects for supplying a Ceasarstone countertop for our frequently utilised display and coffee counter area. Linspace for contributing their Acoustic Consulting Services and Green Star Interior Tool V1 IEQ5 audit and documentation.
We thank FormFunc Studio, the exclusive distributor of the global ergonomics brand Humanscale, for the range of ergonomic office furniture and accessories. These items include ergonomic chairs, our sit/stand solution namely the QuickStand Eco, monitor arms, task lights, desk base mount and notebook holders. Pentafloor, for the supply and installation of Shaw Contract’s Hexagon Linear Shift and Hexagon Plane in our main workspace; and Shaw Contract’s Dye Lab in the boardroom. The use of these Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certified products will contribute to the GBCSA’s targeted Green Star Interiors rating.
We thank Luminos for supplying highly technical window blinds for our building. The blinds have demonstrated strong functionality, aesthetics, quality and sustainability in their application. Belgotex for sponsoring flooring products – Duraturf synthetic turf innovatively applied to the walls and ceiling in the ‘Green Room’ and Davenport luxury vinyl plank for our interior fit out, and Prodec supplied us with high quality, low odour and low VOC paint to help contribute to the Green Star rating this office aims to achieve. Follow them @ProDecPainters. Contributions from the Saint Gobain group include acoustic ceiling and wall materials from Ecophon to assist in creating remarkable acoustic environments within the office drywall partitions from Gyproc combined with Isover insulating materials help minimise the environmental footprint of the office while improving comfort and well-being. Main contractor services were supplied by Koolcon who co-ordinated and managed the project on site from start to finish to deliver a top class finished product. A newly formed co-operative of young graduates from the Saint Gobain training academy sub-contracted to the main contractor for the installation of the wall and ceiling systems.
Recognising the importance of the operational phase of green buildings, GreenWorx Bio Cleaning Solutions will supply the new office with essential cleaning products for a year.
Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of these members and planet shapers for supplying products and services aligned with the Green Star Interiors rating thus ensuring that we collectively live up to our creed.
Our doors are open, please feel welcome to drop in on us during office hours at our new Johannesburg offices at Rosebank Corner, 191 Jan Smuts Avenue or contact Anja Thompson (0)10 001 3550.