Green rating tool for industrial developments

Redefine Properties has pioneered new benchmarks for the green property sector by developing a Green Star SA Custom Industrial Rating tool for industrial developments, in conjunction with the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA).

Redefine will start construction early next year on Golf Air Park near Cape Town International Airport, and this development will be among the first to be assessed with the industrial rating tool.

“Until now, it’s unlikely that developers of industrial properties in SA have generally thought about sustainability in the larger context. This tool will lead to developers thinking about sustainability in the industrial development space,” says Nick Gorrie, of Agama, the consulting engineering company assisting in developing the tool.

While the commercial property industry has been able to attain Green Star certification for several years, this is the first time that industrial developments will be rated according to their level of sustainability. Industrial developments and buildings will be certified as four, five or six star Green Star depending on their target criteria.

The Golf Air Park development, although still in the design phase, has already set targets for its GBCSA custom industrial certification. These include ensuring that all building services – such as mechanical, wet and electrical services – are commissioned in accordance with Charted Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) standards, that all industrial spaces will be switchable to have their lighting turned down to 30 percent of maximum power, that there is a waste and recycling management plan and that more than 95 percent of all building facades are designed to be disassembled to allow for reuse or easy recycling of building materials.

Golf Air Park will also have rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets and urinals as well as irrigation supply. The development will encourage employees to cycle to work by providing bicycle racks, showers, changing rooms and cycle routes throughout the site.

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