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Green Building Certification

  • Solid Green is specialised and experienced in both Green Star and LEED green building certification. All of our team members are Green Star SA Accredited Professionals, some having LEED AP accreditation in addition.
  • Building Simulation and Modelling

  • Using energy, natural light and thermal comfort simulation, passive and active building design can be optimised. Solid Green also provides accreditation modelling for Green Star and LEED projects.
  • Green Leasing

  • Green leasing involves developing tenant and developer contracts for the shared benefit of sustainable building features.
  • SANS 10400 Part XA Energy Regulation

  • The software that we use for modelling is approved for the Rational Design Path to Compliance under the new SANS energy regulations for buildings. A number of our completed projects have already passed councils.
  • Greening Existing Buildings

  • The bulk of the building stock for the next decade has already been built, offering substantial opportunity for resource consumption reduction.
  • Online Building User’s Guide and Live Metering

  • Building user’s guides are made available to tenants and the public via a bespoke website. Live building energy and water consumption information is also presented on the web.
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    Solid Green Consulting offers consulting services throughout a building lifecycle, starting from the initiation of a project right through to operation and maintenance of the project.

    • Client Green Building brief: create a vision for a new green building project
    • Green Building workshop and Project strategy sessions
    • Set targets for environmental performance and/or benchmarking for sustainable design constructional and operations
    • Corporate Sustainability Planning
    • Energy, Thermal and Daylight Modeling[/accordion]

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    • Certification workshops, courses and education
    • Strategy and risk assessments for certification projects
    • Certification consulting and management
    • Specification and material review
    • Peer review of certification submissions

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    Agrément has formally issed a certificate to DesignBuilder software to approve it as certified thermal calculation software for the rational design path to compliance for SANS 10400 Part XA. Click below to see the certificate.

    DesignBuilder Final Certificate

    If you are interested in pursuing the rational design path to compliance for the new energy regulations, give us a call

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    • Research studies (e.g. green building market, local construction policies)
    • Green Building policy development
    • Green Building article /publication writing
    • Building and construction materials review and evaluation
    • Development of Training Courses


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    • Accreditation modelling and simulation

    Green Star, the green building rating tool of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), includes a number of credits where simulation is the preferred means to compliance. These include the credits dealing with energy, air change effectiveness, natural light, daylight glare control and thermal comfort. Solid Green Consulting has extensive experience in modelling and simulation for projects seeking Green Star certification, and has been involved with the GBCSA in developing and improving the simulation process in Green Star.

    LEED, the green building rating tool of the United States Green Building conditional requirement to meet the ASHRAE 90.1 energy efficiency standard. Alongside our partners Ecocentric (cc), Solid Green is involved in compliance and design modelling for LEED projects in South Africa, including a hotel and a precinct.

    The National Building Regulations, including the voluntary SANS 204 standard and the compulsory SANS 10400 Part XA standard, can be complied with using modelling and simulation. Simulation represents one way that new buildings in South Africa can demonstrate the rational design method of compliance with the above standards.

    • Performance modelling and simulation

    Energy modelling involves appraising the actual energy performance of all building systems as modelled on the site and in the climate that they will be built. It is a powerful tool that can compare the energy performance of different design options, and optimize any passive or active system for best results.

    Natural light simulation aims to achieve good levels of daylight for different sky conditions at different times of the sky. The benefits of natural light are extensive, and with the aid of modelling can be used to drastically reduce artificial lighting requirements and heat gains in any space.

    Thermal comfort has for the last century been dealt with too simplistically in that only air temperatures have been used as design metrics. In reality, a host of other factors including humidity and the temperatures of surfaces inside a space are dominant contributors for thermal comfort. By using thermal comfort models to accurately predict real comfort in buildings, passive and active systems can be designed to achieve what they set out to, reducing overdesign and the risk of retrofit, and improving indoor environmental quality.

     Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a powerful simulation method that has been used effectively in aerospace and automotive industries to the extent that physical testing is often done away with. CFD has important applications in buildings, especially in natural ventilation design. It can be used at high granularity to show any number of airflow, temperature or thermal comfort characteristics throughout a space. Natural ventilation designs can be tested and shown to work before they are built, significantly reducing the likelihood of artificial ventilation retrofit. It can also be used to achieve great artificial ventilation design.




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