Mall of Africa scoops an award at the South African Property Owners Association Excellence Awards.
Mall of Africa was named the winning retail development at the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) Excellence Awards held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 22 June.
The awards strive to acknowledge and reward the best property developments South Africa has to offer, celebrating exceptional design quality, green building and originality.
With a with a total retail area of 131 000m², the mall has set a new benchmark for shopping centres on the continent and was developed by Atterbury Property Developments company.
“Winning these awards from Sapoa is indeed a great honour and is a testament to the exceptional quality of the team we have built here at Atterbury and the distinctly successful developments we deliver,” said managing director of Atterbury Property Developments, James Ehlers.
The mall boasts more than 300 stores, a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment and services, all neatly packaged into the largest single-phase shopping mall the country has ever seen. It also features a wonderful outdoor park, complete with an amphitheatre, children’s play area, an interactive musical water fountain, and a vibrant town square, all with beautifully landscaped surroundings.
Director of retail for the company Cobus van Heerden said they have created an unrivalled shopping experience, one that they believe is truly world-class. “We are thrilled that Sapoa has recognised its excellence. A development of this sheer size requires extraordinary levels of expertise, experience and skill,” he added.
The company also scooped the industrial development award for the third year running for its development of the new Amrod head office situated in Waterfall City.
This is the third year in a row that the company has won the industrial development category at the Sapoa awards. Last year, its development for Hilti at Waterfall Logistics Precinct was named the winner and in 2015, won the category with its industrial development for Westcon at Waterfall.
“We are suitably proud of what we have achieved with these developments and this recognition we have received from Sapoa only serves to make us prouder. These awards highlight our achievements so far, and it will only drive us to work harder and push further in what we can achieve in future,” concluded Ehlers.
An innovative off-grid housing development in Chiang Mai, Thailand has set a new milestone in the journey towards greener and more sustainable living. Developed by CNX Construction and owned by Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, the Phi Suea House is powered entirely by a solar-hydrogen system — a world’s first for energy storage of its size. The solar-powered hydrogen storage system provides 24-hour, year-round access to clean energy, even during periods of bad weather.
The 100% self-sustaining Phi Suea House development comprises a variety of buildings, from a workshop to guesthouses, but only five of the buildings and two water features—a large fishpond waterfall and a 400-square-meter swimming pool with a well pump—require electricity. Each structure is topped with solar panels and comes with its own inverters. All the electricity is fed into a central energy storage system that collects and then distributes the electricity based on demand. The project includes 86kW of photovoltaics that provide an average daily power production of 326.8kWh, an amount that surpasses the Phi Suea House’s monthly 6,000kWh energy demand.
Excess solar energy produced during the day is used to power anion exchange membrane electrolysers that split water into its constituent elements. While oxygen is released into the air, the hydrogen gas is stored in tanks. At night, fuel cells convert hydrogen back into electricity. The round-trip efficiency is near 50%. Hydrogen energy storage boasts several advantages over typical batteries including larger storage, zero unwanted byproducts, and a long storage life. However, the Phi Suea House project is also equipped with two 2,000-Ah, 48V lead-acid battery banks as a buffer and backup, though they are usually not discharged more than 10% in a single cycle.
Smart energy-efficient design helps reduce the Phi Suea House’s energy demands as well. Aerate concrete walls, double-glazed windows, natural ventilation, green walls, smart ceiling fans, and sun path analysis reduce the homes’ dependence on air conditioning, however, there are VRF air conditioning units installed as backups. Solar hot water systems heat the water without need for electricity. Rainwater is collected and treated onsite for reuse as irrigation. A KNX Automation system also helps boost energy savings; energy performance data will be collected and used for research at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.
“Everyone should do something to live in a better world,” says Sebastian-Justus Schmidt. “Our family is now doing our part – leaving the world a greener place while gaining and sharing knowledge. This is without a doubt worth all efforts. We aim to have the lowest ecological footprint possible – especially as a foreigner in another country.”