The project achieving this significant milestone is the Northridge Coastal Estate, which is phase 13A of Garden Cities’ Sunningdale development, bordering the Blouberg conservation area near Cape Town. Design of this ‘eco-village’ portion of the development started in 2014, and bulk infrastructure works are set to start in 2019. Construction of the homes is expected to start from 2020, with completion expected around 2022.
The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) launched the pilot of the Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating in 2016, with a number of projects working toward certification.
Achieving the precinct certification has required a significant leap from individual building certification as it is largely focused on the town planning aspects of a project, including the connections between buildings and public spaces.
The Sustainable Precincts tool puts emphasis on four principles of governance; liveability; economic prosperity; and environment, rather than the categories of water, energy, transport, indoor environmental quality, and materials etc.
The Sustainable Precincts tool is an important recognition of the need to go further than rating standalone buildings and address sustainability at a larger scale. It urges property developers to provide diverse, affordable, inclusive, well connected and healthy places for South Africans to live, work and play.