Group Five Headquarters
The new Group Five Head Office, was awarded a “5-Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1” rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) in 2014. The building was one of only seven buildings in Gauteng to receive this prestigious rating. It was also the first building in Waterfall City to receive a Green Star SA rating.
This leading green building was designed by LYT Architects and benefitted from the sustainable design expertise of WSP Africa. The building was completed in January 2014 and was valued at R500 million on completion. Bulk earthworks for this 25,500sqm headquarters began in July 2012.
Mike Upton, CEO of Group Five, says: “Moving into the building has been greatly meaningful as it has resulted in cross-business collaboration, increased efficiencies and a faster decision making process. We are proud to form part of the development of Waterfall and look forward to continue building a strong relationship with AWIC.”
For Group Five, its new headoffice creates the foundation for greater efficiency through the consolidation of all its smaller offices into one momentous building perfectly situated in Waterfall City.
The building is highly energy efficient, from lighting to air handling. It is even equipped with a thermal storage system to reduce peak energy demand on the national grid. It is also water efficient, with specialised water fixtures, xeriscape plants, rainwater capturing, and an air-cooled chiller. Furthermore it is furnished with a zero-wastage fire water system. Opposite a shopping centre with specialised parking spaces for lower emission vehicles such as moped scooters and motorbikes, this non-smoking building features bicycle racks, showers and lockers.
Besides comprising much recycled and responsibly sourced material, the building itself is designed to be as recyclable as possible in the future. Its reinforced steel has a recycling content of at least 90%, it saved 30% of its total PVC content by replacement with other materials. Some 50% of the timber in the building is either Forest Stewardship Council Certified, reused or has a post-consumer recycle content. Furthermore, at least 20% of the materials that make up the building are sourced from within 400km of its site.
Importantly, this green building creates a fantastic work environment with:
- Fresh air rates 150% higher than required and carbon dioxide monitors to ensure good quality air
- Design elements which optimises generous daylight, eliminating glare
- Excellent outside views, with 85% external line of site
- Individual temperature control
- Usage of low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) paints, carpets sealants etc
The building also keeps its emissions low. This includes reducing gas emissions, sewerage outflows and light pollution.
These environmentally advanced techniques are among the many innovations that earned the new Group Five headoffice at Waterfall its 5-Star Green Star SA rating.