Government green

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has commended government’s commitment to drive the sustainability of public sector buildings in South Africa in light of the refurbishment of Batho Pele House (formerly the Agrivaal building) in Pretoria, which is the first government building to achieve a 4 Star Green Star SA Office v1 As Built rating.

An independently certified green government office building, the substantial refurbishment focused on energy efficiency, internal environmental quality and occupancy comfort. The building’s central location means it provides easy access for those walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work, helping to reduce reliance on motor cars.

Green features include energy-efficient lighting, low volatile organic compound finishes, low-flow water fittings, rainwater harvesting and greywater filtration, all supported by a metering and monitoring system.

An exterior view of Batho Pele house.

 

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