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It's ridiculous that we're spending R8 billion on a building yet I can't find any better renders... :nuts:

R8 billion 'Green Building' to house the Department of Water Affairs in Tshwane
By SA Commercial Prop News
19 July 2012



With R8 billion worth of investment in the construction and maintenance of the building, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the department was taking "a green and bold step" that signifies South Africa's commitment towards a low carbon economy.

Construction of a multi-billion Rand 'green building' to house the Department of Water Affairs began in Pretoria on Thursday, signalling a new era in the country's response to climate change.

She said the office block, to be situated a stone's throw away from the Union Buildings, will change the face of the construction industry.

"Through this green building we will propel the department above the construction industry players, setting a good example for other organisations and of course for the benefit of the environment and future generations," she said.

The building's features include rain water collectors made of recyclable materials, indigenous plants in the landscaping to reduce the need for regular irrigation and also occupants of the building will have direct access to sunlight and ventilation thereby reducing the use of electricity and air conditioners.

"We have, through this investment, taken that bold step which will ensure that our infrastructure can meet green output specifications outlined in our country's climate change response policy. This policy amongst others [encourages] the use of sustainable building materials which promote urban greening, energy and water efficiency," Molewa said.

Project leader Gugu Dingaan of Imvelo Concession Company said the designers paid careful attention to global trends to ensure that the building met all the requirements in terms of architectural design and land scape.
"This building talks to the overall goal of sustainable development and aims at being an example in the field...from the gardens right up to the roof of the building we have built in environmental design principles," she said.

With the global economy rapidly transforming to low carbon growth, the green buildings initiative is an investment by government to assist South Africa meets its carbon emissions reduction targets.

Research indicates that in South Africa, the building sector accounts for 23% of greenhouse gas emissions, while emissions from the manufacture of the major materials for the building sector amounts to around 18mtCO2 per year, or 4% of total carbon emissions.

Officials say although buildings are a large contributor of greenhouse gases, they have received little attention in international global warming protocols and initiatives, which tend to focus on industry and transport.

Molewa said South Africa had relatively high carbon emissions for a developing country, and this necessitated new strategies to change this. The country's green economy strategy has eight focus areas that include green buildings, sustainable transport as well as agriculture and food production.

"We anticipate that the urban area around us will become a green hub of creativity of green buildings that will influence corporate and state-owned companies around the country to follow suit."

Source: SA Commercial Prop News
 

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It's ridiculous that we're spending R8 billion on a building yet I can't find any better renders... :nuts:

R8 billion 'Green Building' to house the Department of Water Affairs in Tshwane
By SA Commercial Prop News
19 July 2012



With R8 billion worth of investment in the construction and maintenance of the building, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the department was taking "a green and bold step" that signifies South Africa's commitment towards a low carbon economy.

Source: SA Commercial Prop News
Is this the same minister who said it was unfortunate she couldn't drink the now clean Carolina water? What they should do is tap water from the lowest scoring municipalities into this building as potable water.
 

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DEA breaks ground on R8bn ‘green’ head office
By: Natasha Odendaal
Published: 19 Jul 12

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Thursday broke ground on its new R8-billion head office in Pretoria, which will be South Africa’s first government-owned green building.

The building, which was designed to meet the green output specifications outlined in the Climate Change policy, would be energy and resource efficient, as well as environmentally responsible.

The building incorporated design, construction and operational practices that would significantly reduce or eliminate any negative impact on the environment and the buildings occupants, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said.

“When we occupy this building in two years, we will literary be walking the green talk,” Molewa said at the sod turning of the National Treasury-funded project, in Arcadia.

The R8-billion project included the design and construction of the building over the next two years, as well as facility management services and complementary support for the next 23 years.

The 34 143 m2 building would be set on 3.1309 ha and would accommodate 1 305 employees. It would also hold over 1 100 parking bays.

The facilities of a “resource” centre would include, besides others, training venues, a conference centre and catering facilities for prominent international events.

Overall energy consumption, 10% of which would be sourced from solar power, would equate to 115 kWh/m2 a year. It was expected that the building would result in a 30% drop in the use of municipal water, owing to the harvesting of rainwater.

Other features included sensor-monitored lighting, compact fluorescent lights, internal climate control, environment-friendly building materials, some of which would be locally made, and ergonomic and worker-friendly spaces.

The green building was designed to maximise natural light resources and enable efficient staff movement.

Further, the building’s strategic position allows for easy mass transport, commuting and cycling.

The DEA was aiming for five-star Green Star South Africa ratings for the building, but believed it would, at the very minimum, achieve four-star design and as-built ratings.

The construction, which was undertaken by a public-private partnership between the DEA and the Imvelo concession company, would be complete by June 1, 2014.

Imvelo partnered with construction group Aveng Grinaker LTA and construction company Keren Kula. The consortium also comprised broad-based black economic-empowerment partners Wiphold and Kagiso Tiso.

The consortium appointed Dijalo property management and Old Mutual Property Investments Group to manage the 23-year services contract.

The facilities management would include building, landscape and facility maintenance; facility cleaning; energy and utilities; as well as supply and waste management; furniture management; parking, pottering and churn management; pest control; internal plants; telephone equipment; fire and emergency services; and management of a help desk facility.

Source: Engineering News
 

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