Our Green Building Certifications in 2021
In 2021, Solid Green continued to make waves of impact in the sustainable building sector with 20 Green Star and 8 Net Zero certifications. Here, Marloes Reinink shares her reflections as well as updates on the team and the Green Star tool overhaul.7
In late 2020, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary but, due to COVID, the celebrations were severely subdued. In that year we also built our new office, which was completed in June 2021. 2020, which was supposed to be a year of twenty plenty, turned out to be one of the most difficult years for most companies. That year we also managed to achieve a milestone of 100 certified buildings in our 10 years of existence, across different rating systems from Green Star to LEED, EDGE and Net Zero.
As we were reading through the GBCSA’s Annual Integrated Report 2021 and looked at the table of certified buildings that year, some celebratory statistics came to the fore. A total of 139 projects were certified by the GBCSA in 2021 under the New Buildings, Existing Building Performance, Energy Water Performance, Interior, Net Zero, and EDGE tools.
Of the 34 Green Star New Building certifications in 2021, Solid Green was the Green Star accredited professional (AP) on 20 buildings – this is a 59% market share of all New Building certifications in 2021. There were 9 buildings that received Net Zero certifications, and Solid Green managed the certification process of 8 of these (89%). Below is an overview of the buildings that received certification managed by Solid Green. This is a major achievement. We are very grateful to our clients for trusting us with their Green Building aspirations, and to our team for managing the Green Star process for our clients so efficiently and effectively.
Green Star Tool Overhaul
The Green Star tool has been in existence since 2008 and Nedbank Phase II (135 Rivonia) was the first building that achieved a Green Star certification in 2009. Now, in 2022, the Green Star tool is undergoing a major renovation and update, which will bring a whole new dimension to green building certifications. There are some exciting and challenging changes coming. Several members of the Solid Green team are intimately involved in the Green Star V2 process as category leaders and category supports. Adrie is leading the Place Category and Annelide is category leader on the Health & Wellbeing Category; Alex and Dash are team members on the Positive Category, and Alex is also on the team of the Health & Wellbeing Category; Nomamfengu and Cebisa are on the People Category team, and Elri is a team member for the Resilient Category.
Solid Greeners seeking greener pastures
In the last year we have also had to say goodbye to some valued staff members who have decided to continue their green career elsewhere. Early in the year, Zendré Compion left Solid Green to seek greener pastures with her own company. Jeffy Pallamattan emigrated to New Zealand but is continuing his work with Solid Green, just on the other side of the world. In July we had to say goodbye to Alex Varughese, who is taking up a modeling role at the green department within WSP. And in August, Dash Coville left Solid Green after 10 years of being a Solid Greener; he is going to further his career at the GBCSA in the Technical Team. We wish Zendré, Alex and Dash all the best and we certainly going to miss them on the team. August also saw a new incoming Solid Greener – Thato Molapo joined as a junior modeling and simulation consultant; and we will also welcome some new faces in October, but more about that in the next Solid Green update.
28 Green Star Certified Buildings in 2021
|Nersa Kulawula House Refurbishment||4-star Green Star Office v.1.1||National Energy Regulator SA (NERSA)|
|Project Windsor||4-star Green Star Office v1.1||Stanbic|
|Prime Plaza 2||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Time Property Holdings|
|In2Food Group||4-star Green Star Custom Industrial||In2Food Group|
|In2Food Group||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||In2Food Group|
|GEMS Menlyn Maine||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Menlyn Main Investment Holdings|
|Parklane West Menlyn Maine||4-star Green Star Office v1.1||Menlyn Main Investment Holdings|
|Rewardsco Block B||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Zenprop|
|Westend Building D||4-star Green Star Office v1.1||Abland|
|Irene Building B||4-star Green Star Office v1.1||Abland|
|Ext124 Waterfall Courtyard Hotel||4-star Green Star Custom Hotel||Attacq|
|203 Oxford – Life Healthcare||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Oxford Parks Intaprop|
|Oxford Parks – Building 3||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Oxford Parks Intaprop|
|6 Parks Boulevard||5-star Green Star Office v1.1||Oxford Parks Intaprop|
|Greenpark Lifestyle Centre||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|Greenpark LifeStyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|De Zicht Lifestyle Centre||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|De Zicht Lifestyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|Ballito Lifestyle Centre||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|Ballito Lifestyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|Greenlee Lifestyle Centre||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|Greenlee Lifestyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|Huntsman Lifestyle Centre||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|Huntsman Lifestyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|Fynbos Lifestyle Centre||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|GreenCreek||6-star Green Star PEB v1.1||Balwin Properties|
|GreenCreek||Net Zero Carbon Level 1||Balwin Properties|
|Balwin Head Office||6-star Green Star Office v1.1||Balwin Properties|