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GBCSA alliance with IES

Online since 5.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 192-193
GBCSA alliance with IES

Modelling and analytical software company, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), teams up with the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) to streamline and standardise Green Star certification submissions.

As the earth’s population continues to expand and more people migrate into cities, we need to look at how we can make new buildings more sustainable and also leverage the opportunities for economies of scale this presents. That way our existing buildings and cities can be made as energy efficient as possible. South Africa is currently experiencing an energy crisis where the electricity supply cannot meet demand. We are all aware of the result – load shedding. This has a significant impact on the economy and disrupts ordinary peoples’ lives. The solution needs to be addressed from two sides. In the long term, by increasing the power generation capacity of the South African grid, but in the short to medium term, a reduction in energy demand is more feasible. Leading software company, IES, has a vision to enable buildings and cities to reduce their energy consumption to prevent the continuance of power cuts. The company envisages a smart approach to the development of communities so that a city can operate in an integrated fashion. This means using digital technologies to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and also to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.


Buildings are the main connectors between transport, energy, health, water and waste, and need to be at the core of an approach. IES believes that by taking the lifecycle of the urban environment into account, city planners can affordably begin to create smart communities, scaling up to smart cities. Planners and/or community leaders can take control of sustainability targets by incorporating robust energy and environmental analysis at the core of a continuous process, from master planningthrough building design and retrofit, to the running ofthe building, and finally into the operation of a smart community. As a result of a recent agreement, the GBCSA Certification Engine utilises the pioneering IES TaP technology from IES. The GBCSA Certification Engine is a new online project management system that facilitates a streamlined and standardised approach to Green Star SA certification submissions for the project team. The Certification Engine is the mandatory route to submission for a Green Star SA submission and has many benefits to the project team, including:

• Real-time progress tracking of Green Star SA submissions in a centralised online location.

• The Green Star SA system can manage the documentation requirements for the design team by making the evidence upload process more collaborative.

• Create extensive reports including progress reports and visual charts to communicate with the design team and client.

• The GBCSA Certification Engine also brings the infrastructure that the GBCSA needs to manage their projects reviews and certifications, especially as the number of projects are expected to grow significantly. The GBCSA cannot continue to use spreadsheets to manage its projects and keep track of project key performance indexes.

New green rating tool for industrial developments pioneered In conjunction with the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA), Redefine Properties has pioneered new benchmarks for the green property sector by developing a Green Star SA custom industrial rating tool for industrial developments. Early next year, the company begins construction on Golf Air Park near Cape Town International Airport. This development will be among the first to be assessed with the industrial rating tool. ‘Until now it’s unlikely that industrial developments in South Africa have generally thought about sustainability in the larger context. This tool will lead developers to thinking about sustainability in the industrial development space,’ explains Nick Gorrie from Agama, the consulting engineering company assisting in developing the industrial rating tool. While the commercial property industry has been able to attain Green Star certification for several years, this is the first time that industrial developments will be rated according to their levels of sustainability. Industrial developments and buildings will be certified as 4, 5 or 6 Star Green Star depending on their target criteria. The Golf Air Park development, although still in the design phase, has already set targets for its GBCSA custom industrial certification. These include ensuring that all building services – mechanical, wet and electrical – are commissioned in accordance with the Charted Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) standards, that all industrial spaces will be switchable to have their lighting turned down to 30% of maximum power, that there is a waste and recycling management plan, and that more than 95% of all building facades are designed to be disassembled to allow for reuse or easy recycling of the building materials.

Green Building Council of South Africa


Integrated Environmental Solutions


Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 192-193 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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