Atterbury has completed a new facility for sustainable tech company Rubicon at Richmond Park in Cape Town.
The development, which is targeting EDGE Advanced certification, includes a 1 780m2 head office, a 7 532m2 warehouse, and a showroom and product display of 521m2.
Underlying the building’s elegant façade is a highly energy-efficient design. Its envelope is sculpted to minimise heat gain and loss by considering space planning, window-wall ratios, and insulation. Adding to its green design benefits, the building uses effective systems for its operation, such as low-wattage, LED lighting inside and out, and a high-efficiency HVAC system.
It also boasts a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) system, supplementing it with an additional source of power. Approximately 60% of the annual energy used at the building will be clean energy, provided by its rooftop solar plant. This renewable energy reduces its carbon footprint and electrical costs.
The solar PV system is specifically designed to match the energy consumption of the building and consists of two parts – rooftop mounted and solar carports – and monitored by a building management system that provides a real-time picture of its performance and savings. The system showcases Rubicon’s vision for the sustainable technology industry and uses its products for all the major components.
Designed to achieve water savings, the building features low flush and flow fixtures, as well as a rooftop rainwater harvesting system designed to capture rainwater from 47% of the total roof area.
“We set out to create a world-class facility that celebrates sustainability, and together with Atterbury and other key project partners, we’ve achieved just that. Our Group headquarters is monitored through a building management system which enables a live view of the performance and savings of various integrated services – just one of the features we’re showcasing in our new state-of-the-art showroom. Rubicon is proud to be leading the way in contributing towards a more sustainable, technology-driven future,” says Rick Basson, CEO of Rubicon.