Menlyn Maine Pegasus received a 4 Star Green Star SA – Office v1 Rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) on 22 September 2015. S
Manfred Braune, Chief Technical Officer at the GBCSA says: ‘The GBCSA congratulates Solid Green on achieving this significant milestone and for becoming a leading consulting firm in the green building sector, having been responsible for a very significant proportion of the 130 Green Star SA certifications to date. It is organisations such as Solid Green that are key enablers, working with the GBCSA, to transform the built environment into a more sustainable one. ‘
Menlyn Maine Pegasus was the very first building registered with the GBCSA for a Green Star SA Rating in 2009. It is a located on the corner of January Masilela Drive and Amarand Avenue, Pretoria and will house Regus and BMW amongst others. The developers of Menlyn Maine have their sights set on certifying all the buildings in the precinct. Menlyn Maine has brought together a group of professionals who are already well versed in sustainable building design and construction in order to make a green precinct possible.
Pegasus includes passive design initiatives such as using the building orientation and sizing of the floor plates for optimal daylight in the building, and using the site and building hard surfaces to collect rainwater. Sustainability initiatives have been drawn through design into construction by, for example, making use of coated glazing for improved thermal control, concrete with reduced cement content and recycled steel in the rebar. Building services are optimised to improve building performance and to reduce energy and water consumption which in turn is actively monitored by a Building Management System (BMS).
Solid Green Consulting is a sustainable building consultancy based in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The consultancy has successfully facilitated 20 Green Star SA certifications with the Menlyn Maine Pegasus building marking this milestone. Solid Green Consulting was founded in 2010 by Marloes Reinink and is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The company completed its 10th certification in December 2014, four years after it was formed. In 2015 another 10 ratings have been achieved. These Green Star SA ratings include Design and As-Built ratings for New Office buildings, a Public Education building, a Multi-unit Residential building, Office Interior ratings and Existing Building Performance ratings. The Menlyn Maine Pegasus project is an important landmark to celebrate the company doubling its output over the last year.