BUILDING: Century City Goes Greener
Recent Western Cape Business News
Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA) has amended its rules and regulations to ensure all new buildings comply to green principles to reduce Century City’s carbon footprint and regulate a sustainable future.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the CCPOA, said the mixed use Century City, which combines residential, retail, office and leisure components in an integrated environment, was already a model in sustainable development as it had been developed along environmentally friendly criteria from day one. The amended rules and regulations governing new developments would further build on this.
“It is our intention to be a leader where ever possible in the pursuit of a sustainable future in terms of the conception, design, construction, use and management of buildings and localities.”
He said “determinants” for this “green” future were being incorporated into the Century City Environment Management Policy and the regulations governing building development at Century City.
“This will include, among other things, the use of water and consumption of power, the use of alternative power recycling and environmental protection.
“It may also include determinants for the design and erection of buildings such as low energy consumption limitations or the restriction in the use of some materials and construction techniques.”
Blackshaw said in terms of its Environmental Management Policy from 1 January 2009 all site development plans, building plans and signage drawings submitted to the CCPOA would have to report on what measures were being taken in the proposed development to support sustainability.
“An audit of the actual sustainable costs and benefits for any project submitted for Site Development Plan and National Building Regulations approval will have to accompany the submission of the drawings. These will be done in accordance with rules which will require the submission of summary drawings and text and calculations indicating the measures proposed. These will be assessed by the Century City Design Review Committee and administered by the CCPOA,” he said.
Blackshaw said that any company based at Century City that was seeking a four, five or six star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa was at a distinct advantage due to the sustainable initiatives undertaken there n the past 10 years.
These include the fact that it is an integrated development with all amenities in easy walking distance from each other reducing the need for motorised transport; its central location and its two public transport interchanges and multimodal interface with taxi, rail, and soon to be Bus Rapid Transport System; its use of non-potable water for irrigation; its widespread waste recycling initiatives; its green lungs including a 16ha wetlands conservation area and its management of storm water to name just some.
“All this factors are taken into consideration and can score you passive points (ones that you do not have to create yourself – in your green star rating,” he said.
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