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The public sector further boosts ‘green’ for education

DoE Ugu District offices
An exterior view of the 4 Star Green Star SA certified KZN Department of Education Ugu District Office.

The KZN Department of Education’s Ugu District Office has announced their 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design V1.1 certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

We are pleased to announce this certification, which once again places the public sector at the forefront of green building in South Africa – an achievement that everyone can celebrate,” says Dorah Modise, CEO of the GBCSA.

We congratulate KZN’s Provincial Department of Public Works on embracing green building principles and practices to add to the growing number of green public buildings around South Africa.”

The Department of Educuation’s Ugu District Office is all about green, sustainable design which goes hand in hand with the amenities that come with its central location, including the easy access for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, lightening its environmental footprint.

Natural light is featured throughout the building, with all of the office space having been designed and placed strategically to receive a direct line of sight to the outdoors. It hosts an energy-efficient lighting system and a low volatile organic compound finish. Parking spaces have been allocated specifically for two wheeled and fuel-efficient vehicles within close proximity to the office’s entrance as an incentive to encourage the use of these vehicles.

The majority of materials used during construction were sourced nearby, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. The usage of industrial by-product in the concrete mixture (with a large percentage of recycled structure steel) contributed to the reduction of embodied energy. Waste sorting and storage were allocated designated areas during construction and these spots have been retained to date.

218 positions were created during the construction and the operation of the office with employment creation for the local youth market a particular focus for this project.

“We are very excited and proud to have built a Green Star rated green building for our education department in Port Shepstone. We congratulate the developer and professional team for achieving this important objective, which supports government’s national resource efficiency and green building objectives” says Kiru Naidoo, KZN Department of Education Director: Communications.

The project developer, Derrick Edwin Classen, Director of Zatovect says: “This is the first green building in Port Shepstone, and how wonderful that it is a government building showing leadership in this region. We are privileged to have been involved in this project and hope to build many more green buildings.

Sustainable public spaces are resource efficient and cost efficient. Hubs of green building have the power to appeal to and attract economically active and skilled people to live, work and visit. The development of this Department of Education building is a fine example of the best practice sustainable development our public sector is delivering, and the GBCSA is here to work with every level of government to achieve their green goals,” concludes Modise.