Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront has achieved another
sustainability accolade; the Silo District’s No. 6 building is the first new
hotel to receive a 5-Star Green Custom Hotel Design rating as well as a 5-Star
Green Hotel As-Built rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa
The Green Star is a
points-based green building rating system that evaluates buildings according to
global best practice in sustainability. The system allocates points across nine
categories including management, indoor environmental quality, energy,
transport, innovation and water, materials used, land use and ecology and
emissions. As no Green Star existed for hotels, a customised tool was developed
for the project.
The GBCSA’s head of technical, Georgina Smit, recently
handed over a plague recognising the sustainable
development of the Silo District’s No. 6 Silo building:
to the V&A for pioneering leadership within the hospitality sector. When
No. 6 Silo was conceptualised, there was no locally available green building
certification tool for hotels. The V&A’s ambitious commitment to green,
however, resulted in the project initiating the first Custom Hotel tool to be
developed in South Africa, by making use of the GBCSA Custom Tool process”.
GBCSA acknowledge the role that the hospitality sector plays in raising
awareness about sustainability and how travellers are increasingly requesting
accommodation and transport options that reduce their carbon footprint. No 6
Silo is an example of a green hotel that connects guests to alternative city
transport options, precinct scale services that optimise efficiency (such as
the innovative central seawater cooling plant) and attention to detail when it
comes to dematerialisation in the interior finishes.”
The award is one of several
awarded to the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district for the property’s ongoing
environmental developmental programme to promote green business practices as a
strategic focus point throughout the property.
value this latest accolade and all that it signifies as our buildings are an
important asset to the V&A Waterfront and we take pride in applying a
rigorous approach to sustainable development. As a business we are pragmatic
and commercial, but it is also our responsibility to ensure that the legacy we
build today does not negatively impact on the future” explains Vusi Nondo,
Executive Manager for Development.
“We take a holistic approach to sustainability, and
this was the key principle behind our developments at the Silo District, and
elsewhere in our developments. Every element of new developments is scrutinised
to maximise the efficiency of the design and the operation of the buildings.”
Numerous sustainable elements were considered:
surrounding industrial and warehouse setting of the working harbour and the
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa (MOCAA) has been articulated in the
design of the building.
- Concrete and face brick therefore form an integral
part of the architecture, giving the hotel a contemporary aesthetic look and
ensuring low maintenance.
- The building is
spatially efficient with low VOC finishes. Good levels of natural lighting,
together with appropriately designed facades, ensure maximum efficiency of
- An independent
Commissioning Agent was appointed to manage the commissioning and tuning
process, which ensures optimum operations of the building.
opportunity to install district-wide services for the various buildings was
identified early in the planning of the Silo District. With major initiatives
such as the centralised district sea water cooling and heating plant being
among the most high-profile interventions, other simpler initiatives such as the
shared potable water and fire sprinkler water tanks cut down on the amount of
water required to be stored as well as reducing the space in the car park taken
up by multiple individual tanks.
out sustainable features considered by the GBCSA includes:
water and electrical design to minimise demand.
and maintenance were a key consideration in the design detailing of the
building’s close geographical position to Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service and a
secure bicycle parking facility, as well as various amenities within walking
distance promotes the use of sustainable public transport.
Red Hotel, which opened in late 2017, was part of the international hotel group
Carlson Rezidor’s first new concept upscale lifestyle hotels in Europe, Africa,
and the Middle East (EMEA).
Andereya the Curator and General Manager for Radisson Red said, “We are
super chuffed about the award and to showcase this Plague at the hotel for our
guests to see. RED is an attitude with a GREEN mindset about our
responsibilities to run a business sustainable.”
The ground floor of the hotel houses the reception and welcome area, event and meeting spaces and the restaurant. The first floor is set aside for back-of-house functions while floors two to eight house guest rooms. A gym, lounge bar and pool deck with panoramic views are located on the roof level.
Picture caption (from left to right): Pardon Mutasa (CFO, GBCSA), Leonie Andereya (Curator & General Manager, Radisson Red),, Lisa Reynolds (GBCSA CEO), David Green (CEO, V&A Waterfront), Mark Noble (Development Director, V&A Waterfront), Kirsten Goosen (Development Project Manager, V&A Waterfront) and Vusi Nondo (Development Executive, V&A Waterfront).
Source: Propertywheel.co.za | https://propertywheel.co.za/2020/09/va-boasts-first-new-hotel-with-5-star-green-custom-hotel-design-rating/