The Green Star certification is one of the fastest growing global green building rating systems. The certification promotes integrated, whole building design whilst reducing the environmental impact of developments and recognising environmental leadership.
We drive Green Star submission processes to ensure each building that we work with is as sustainable and innovative as possible, whilst ensuring that the Green Star certification criteria are met and the project is recognised and rewarded as such.
What rating tools are available?
Each rating is divided into a number of categories with further credits each assessing a specific sustainability initiative to gain points towards a total score. Projects can achieve one of the following ratings, recognised as follows: 4-Star (Best Practice), 5-Star (South African Excellence) and 6-Star (World Leadership).
Green Star Certification has a myriad of benefits including, but not limited to:
Green Buildings consume less of the earth’s limited resources through a reduction in water and energy consumption. They also have a reduced impact when it comes to waste.
Green buildings are healthier for building occupants leading to an improvement in employee/tenant well-being and productivity.
Green buildings have lower utility costs to do the fact that they consume less energy and water. With preventative maintenance, maintenance costs can also be significantly reduced.
High operational performance, reduced operating costs, reduced dependency on limited resources and a reduced environmental footprint are all elements which lead to a building (and investment) which is future-proofed.
Green certified buildings are more easily marketed, thereby attracting quality tenants and/or employees, as well as showcasing the responsible practices of your business.
With over 6 years experience in green building, we have come to offer solutions which are holistic and result in far-reaching building and operational benefits. We have turnkey Green Star, energy modelling and commissioning experts in-house who are detailed and efficient in process-based implementation. We integrate well into the design processes of the project team, having worked on some of the top green building projects in the country. We always look for the most cost-effective ways of achieving your green building certification whilst thinking long-term to ensure a future-proofed and economically sustainable operation. In addition to Green Star Consulting, we also offer the Building Commissioning Process as a sub-service or stand-alone service. For more information on Green Star, go to the Green Star page on Green Building Council of South Africa’s website.