(Earthworks Magazine - Feb/March 2015 issue)
Getting South Africa’s first existing building Green Star SA certification proves that Black River Park in Cape Town has a “better product” to offer, says office park co-owner PJ Rabie.
“We have found that green space is becoming increasingly more important for both local and international tenants” says Black River Park facilities manager Matt Rich. “Tenants are starting to be mindful of the environmental impact of a building, and are looking for the benefits that a green space offers.”
While greening of new buildings is imperative to lessen the environmental impact of the built environment, sustainably managing the existing building stock is where significant efficiencies and savings can be made. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says the EBP rating tool provides indicators to ensure a building’s environmental performance is efficiently maintained or improved upon over time. Black River Park’s North Park received its 5 Star Green Star SA rating in October 2014, under the Existing Building Performance (EBP) pilot tool.
(Earthworks Magazine - Feb/March 2015 issue) http://earthworksmagazine.co.za/projects/north-park-scores-5-stars/