The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has confirmed that global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon was the first company to have 50 Green Star-rated buildings certified in South Africa.
Executive Director for Certifications of the GBCSA, Manfred Braune, says Aurecon has been a leader in terms of delivering successful Green Star certifications, as well as collaborating with the GBCSA on the development of various rating tools, and guiding property developers, clients and other professionals in the built environment towards a greener future.
“I am proud to be able to confirm today that they are the first engineering consultancy in South Africa to have been responsible for 50 Green Star certifications,” he notes.
A widespread impact
Aurecon fulfilled the role of green building consultant on these projects and according to Braune the full gamut of Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) and related engineering solutions that the firm has provided for these buildings will continue to have a widespread impact on sustainable strategies of clients and South Africa as a whole.
John McGuire, Aurecon Managing Director, Built Environment, says the Aurecon team can be justly proud of the announcement by the GBCSA.
But it wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration that has taken place between Aurecon’s various business units, their clients, and the array of architects, designers, quantity surveyors and contractors that have been involved in achieving Green Star SA certification of these 50 buildings.
Environmental sustainability top of the agenda
“Aurecon has worked on some of the most complex buildings in the country and each time a building receives a Green Star Certification, I’m in awe of the problem-solving skills and solutions that were employed.
“Congratulations to all of the progressive thinkers and co-creators who have helped us certify 50 Green Star-rated buildings. We are proud of our innovative work which has resulted in environmental sustainability being top of the agenda in property development in South Africa,” concludes McGuire.
Upon publication, the GBCSA confirmed that Aurecon had achieved 52 Green Star ratings in total.