Ecolution offers green building certification from a variety of green building bodies and rating tools.
The Green Building Council SA uses the Green Star South Africa rating system to recognise and reward environmental leadership in the built environment. This rating system is based on the Australian system and customised for the South African context. Each Green Star SA rating tool reflects a different market sector including Existing Building Performance, Office, Retail, Multi-Unit Residential, Public and Education Buildings, and Interiors.
Ecolution drives the Green Star submission process to ensure each building is rewarded fairly for its sustainability initiatives and innovations.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is the rating tool used by the US Green Building Council which recognises and rewards best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. Buildings are rated on a Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
Ecolution guides the submission process of a building pursuing LEED certification.
The EDGE rating system has been introduced to South Africa by the Green Building Council SA and the World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as well as local partners the National Home Builder Registration Council (NHBRC). The EDGE tool is aimed at increasing energy, water and materials efficiency in South African homes.
Ecolution can guide and assist a project team with their EDGE submission, or be appointed by the project developer as the project’s approved independent EDGE Auditor (EDGE AP) to assess the project for compliance with EDGE requirements and submit it to the GBCSA for review and certification.
Green Building rating systems are an objective way of certifying that your building is in fact as sustainable as you claim and allows buildings around the country and the world to be benchmarked against one another. The systems are extremely useful as guides to help the design and construction team to think of and cover as many aspects to sustainability as possible.
Most rating systems work on a credit or point systems which are broken down into categories. The building project will earn points to the degree that it is compliant with the available credits. The project is audited and the points are accumulated to determine what rating (silver, gold, platinum etc.) that the building will be awarded.
Rating systems can be applied to new buildings as well as existing buildings and can apply to both the design and construction of the building as well as the operational practises.
The implementation of these systems requires some experience and expertise as the scope is large and the documentation relatively intensive. Fortunately this can be outsourced to external accredited professionals who can guide and lead you through the process. At Ecolution we can offer all of this and more in the form necessary for you and your project.