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There has been a dramatic increase in ‘green’ movements with an increasing number of property owners recognising the benefits of ‘greening’ their property portfolios.
Cape Town-based Spire Property Management, a specialist property asset management company, is leading the way by providing clients with a range of green offerings and by making its own operations more sustainable.
An example of one of their initiatives is a unique waste recycling project at the Tannery Park office park in Rondebosch, Cape Town. The project allows tenants to easily separate different types of waste – such as paper, tin, glass and plastic, and ensures that each is transferred to an appropriate recycling facility. There are further plans to introduce an organic waste composting system in the form of a worm farm which will be used to recycle all food and wet waste materials. The aim is to ultimately achieve ‘zero waste’.
Marc Edwards, general manager of Spire, explains that this service will be rolled out to any interested clients. “There is also a range of other measures that can be taken to reduce energy and water consumption and make sure that properties operate more sustainably”.
Spire have also launched ‘The Green Team’, a division of the company that does tenant installations, minor building work and repairs, along green principles.
“The concept of ‘greening’ buildings is on the increase in South Africa, and Spire is taking a lead. ‘Greening’ properties results in a more sustainable environment with less energy consumption, as well as lower operating costs and healthier places to work or live in,” says Keith Craddock, operations director of Spire Property Group.
According to Craddock, who is guiding the initiative, the Green Team is focusing on environmentally friendly office fit-outs, which includes everything from partitioning, painting, air-conditioning, carpeting, water efficient plumbing fixtures, electrics and glazing to window blinds and more.
“Our emphasis is on providing effective and hassle-free service to our clients. The Green Team will offer property owners the option of easily and conveniently improving the sustain-ability of their buildings – thereby keeping up with international standards.”
Spire has been committed to the green movement from the beginning and was actively involved in the formation of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Bruce Kerswill, Spire’s managing director, is the executive chairman of the Green Building Council of South Africa.
“Our approach in the management of clients’ properties is to offer a very personal, tailor-made service, and we look at new and unique ways of maximising the efficiency of the properties we manage. We are incorporating ‘green’ aspects of design implementation and operations into all our activities, and we offer it as an option to our clients,” says Craddock.
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