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Cape Town’s Hotel Verde achieves a global first

Hotel Verde, has just been awarded a second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum Green Building Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) making Hotel Verde the first hotel globally, to achieve a double Platinum certification for LEED®.

The first Platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design & Construction category. This established Hotel Verde as one of only six hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa, to receive this accolade, at the time. The second and most recent certification was awarded for the Existing Building Operations & Maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde their double Platinum status and proving that Hotel Verde is, in fact, Africa’s greenest hotel.

Sustainability consultants for Hotel Verde on the LEED submission, André Harms of Ecolution Consulting and Jutta Berns-Mumbi of Ecocentric, targeted several strategies to obtain the second Platinum Certification in the category for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (v2009).

Hotel Verde’s ardent team have collectively gone above and beyond conventional industry practices by dedicating themselves to a sustainable work lifestyle. From stringent waste management and procurement policies to corporate responsibility campaigns, departmental sustainability, biodiversity maintenance and offering a carbon neutral hotel experience. Most importantly, it is the hotels aim to create an eco-friendly working environment in which staff health, happiness and productivity is optimized.

“I quickly realised that my dream to provide something luxurious and sustainable was not only possible, but it was also a business model worth sharing, with the potential to change lives and the industry as we know it,” says Mario Delicio, owner of both Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport and Verde Hotels.

Launched during the World Travel Market Africa tourism trade show, Verde Hotels is leading hotel management solutions that are not just sustainable, but thrivable. Thrivability is the new frontier of sustainability. It encompasses all that is associated with sustainability but supersedes it by maximising the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet. It is on these principles that Verde Hotels bases its core foundation.

“We had the opportunity at Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport, to look at everything from the ground up with regard to sustainability and efficiency with the commitment to operate sustainability. But The latest accolade showcases that Verde Hotels is ready to also optimise the operation and maintenance of existing buildings” said Harms, sustainability manager and founder of Ecolution Consulting, a trained mechanical engineer and the expertise behind some of the more technical aspects of Hotel Verde.

“As a hotel management company, this certification has been fundamental in allowing us to provide our potential clients with the assurance that we deliver truly sustainable and commercially viable hospitality solutions,” says Delicio, “Managing a thrivable hotel means a higher return on investment, lower operational costs, better environmental quality, a lower carbon footprint and a higher PR and marketing value, all whilst safeguarding natural resources and uplifting local communities.”

“On behalf of the Western Cape Government and 110% Green, I would like to congratulate Hotel Verde on achieving double platinum LEED and receiving the first ever 6 Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). I am delighted to know that under our 110% Green Campaign, companies such as Hotel Verde have not only committed to doing business which contribute to economic growth, and continue to lead in innovation in the green economy. I have no doubt that these ground-breaking achievements will lead to many more while inspiring many other businesses to follow suit and adopt these best practices ” stated Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Source: mediaupdate


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Department of Environmental Affairs’ Energy-smart building impresses

The officials have moved in and President Jacob Zuma has officially opened the Department of Environmental Affairs’ new “green” building headquarters.

It’s the first government building to achieve a 6 Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of SA and is regarded as a landmark in energy efficiency.

It’s a public-private partnership between the department and Imvelo.

The developer is Imvelo Concessions, which comprises Old Mutual, Kagiso Tiso Group, Wiphold and Aveng Grinaker-LTA. The facilities manager is Imvelo Facilities Management – a joint venture between Old Mutual Property and Dijalo Property Group.

Construction started in July 2012 and finished in May this year, the department moved in in August and the official opening was last month.

The new building is on the corner of Soutpansberg and Steve Biko roads in Pretoria.

Photovoltaic cells line the roof; grey water is treated on site to use in the air-conditioning system, toilets and for watering the gardens; lights automatically light up or dim when people move in or out of an area; automatic sensors open and close windows depending on the temperature; there’s a huge “green wall” of plants at the entrance; and the department’s electric cars can be plugged into a solar power station to recharge.

The building provides 30 654 square metres of space.

Overall energy consumption is expected to be less than 115kWh per square metre a year (any higher than that is for the private partner’s cost), and solar power provides about 10 percent of the power and the City of Tshwane the rest.

At last month’s opening, Green Building Council chief executive Brian Wilkinson welcomed the new structure, saying green building was possible and made commercial sense. He said the building was one of only three 6-star buildings in South Africa.

Wilkinson said green buildings saved on average 34 percent on electricity bills, 48 percent on water and 50 percent on waste to landfill sites.

Zuma said the building showed a commitment to lower emissions and a commitment to the green economy.

“The Department of Environmental Affairs is walking the green talk,” Zuma said, adding this should encourage others to follow suit.

Source: IOL