PPS Group, the financial services company in South Africa which focuses exclusively on graduate professionals, today announced the opening of the PPS Centurion Square office development. This new development is situated in the heart of the Centurion Central Business District and consists of two open plan office buildings situated on a total area of 23 000 square meters and has received a Five Star Green Building Rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Tiffany Boesch, Group Financial Director of PPS, says the company is proud to be part of the development as it is PPS Property Fund Trust’s latest green office development. “Investing in green technology will not only lead to cost reductions in the long term, but will also result in reduced use of resources and have a positive impact on the health and wellness of the occupants and surrounding community.”
“At PPS, about 15% of our members are professionals within the built environment and we therefore are duty bound to be at the cutting edge of construction trends and green building technology. When the opportunity presented itself to develop a new office park through our Property Fund, we embraced this opportunity to collaborate with the Green Building Council of South Africa and demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” says Boesch.
Lood Welgemoed from Boogertman & Partners Architects, says that the building achieves a 61% improvement in carbon emissions through installation of various energy sub meters, web-based energy meters as well as motion sensors all in an effort to reduce energy consumption associated with the lighting. “The efficient water fixtures and fittings that have been installed in the building also results in significant savings of potable water consumption. Rain water will be harvested from the roof area to be re-used on the site and greywater collected from sinks and showers will be captured and treated for landscape irrigation purposes.”
He explains that the GBCSA is a nationally accepted organization that leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way. “The GBCSA’s mission is to promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through providing an established common language and best practice standard of measurement for green buildings through the Green Star SA rating tools,” concludes Welgemoed.